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‘Declassified’: Mason Bates Month continues at the KenCen

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2016 – April has clearly been Mason Bates Month at the Kennedy Center. Not only was the KenCen’s composer-in-residence on the National Symphony Orchestra’s menu in a weekend menu of concerts highlighting his violin concerto and other 20th century American works, all expertly conducted by Hugh Wolff. Festivities continued Monday evening with ...

National Symphony Orchestra’s Mason Bates explosion

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2016 – Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra celebrated what amounted to a Mason Bates Festival this past weekend, devoting a pair of series concerts and a special Friday evening “Declassified” concert to works by the Kennedy Center’s current composer-in-residence. All three concerts focused on Anne Akiko Meyers’ high-energy performance of Mr. Bates’ 2012 ...

Mozart, Mahler, Znaider, Grosvenor headline great NSO concert

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 – Talk about “the Transformers…” Violinist Nikolaj Znaider, last week’s impressive guest soloist in the NSO’s fine presentation of Brahms’ massive Violin Concerto, returned to the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall Thursday as Maestro Nikolaj Znaider. Mr. Znaider conducted the orchestra in a tastefully elegant performance of Mozart’s very last piano concerto—the ...

Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox 2: Music, visuals ‘Of Land & Sea’

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2016 – This Monday past, Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Mason Bates presented the second edition of his free-range musical series. Edition 2 of “KC Jukebox” was subtitled “Of Land and Sea,” and the program encompassed a freeform musical view of the planet’s endlessly varied terrains and environments. Staged this time in the Kennedy ...

Cameron Carpenter, Sarah Hicks, NSO go contemporary classical

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2015 – The Kennedy Center’s classical music programming seems to be in the midst of a slow, gradual, but studied drift in the direction of Gen-X and millennial music fans for whom “the classics” remain largely museum pieces of absolutely no interest to anyone younger than 60. Evidence? Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Mason ...

Absinthe and Old Lace: Mason Bates’ ‘KC Jukebox’ premieres

WASHINGTON, November 11, 2015 – And now for something completely different… That old Monty Python tagline gained some new life Monday evening, when the premiere event of “KC Jukebox” took center stage at the Kennedy Center, more or less. Let me explain. “KC (for “Kennedy Center”) Jukebox” is described by the Center as “a new ...

Santa Fe Opera announces world premiere opera on life of Steve Jobs

SANTA FE, N,M. — In a well-attended news conference Wednesday morning, Santa Fe Opera (SFO) general director Charles MacKay announced that the company’s next new opera commission, “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” will receive its world premiere performance in 2017. The creative team for the new opera will be well-known composer Mason Bates and acclaimed veteran ...