Chicago Symphony to take Bates, Clyne works on the road

Posted on: February 1, 2012

In Wednesday’s (2/1) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein reports that Anna Clyne and Mason Bates have extended their contracts as composers-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for another two years. “This represents a strong vote of confidence in their abilities and potential on the part of the administration and Riccardo Muti. The music director is giving Chicago audiences their first exposure to Bates’ ‘Alternative Energy’ and Clyne’s ‘Night Ferry’ before he and the orchestra take their new works on a five-concert California tour in mid-February, following the close of Muti’s winter residency at Symphony Center. The Bates work will be the centerpiece of CSO concerts Thursday to Tuesday here, while Clyne’s piece will top off Muti’s final winter week Feb. 9-11. … Muti’s suggestion that [Clyne] look to Franz Schubert for inspiration ultimately led her to conceive what she calls a ‘music of voyages, from stormy darkness to enchanted worlds’—suggesting Schubert’s manic-depressive moods. … ‘Alternative Energy,’ the latest Bates orchestral piece to incorporate electronic sounds, is an ‘energy symphony’ in four movements that evoke real and imagined forces of energy through the centuries.”

Posted February 1, 2012