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02.25.14
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MASON BATES PREMIERES NEW COMMISSION WITH ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
02.04.14
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Music of Bates and Clyne in spotlight at MusicNOW
Chicago Classical Review
04.13.13
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Review: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra glides through creative program
Pittsburgh Tribune
03.12.13
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Classical review: Nashville Symphony takes Mason Bates’ new Violin Concerto out for a spin
Arts Nash
02.28.13
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Composer Mason Bates' new concerto takes flight in Nashville
Nashville Scene
12.05.12
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Slatkin, PSO champion Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto
TribLIVE
09.12.12
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Mason Bates Receives Prestigious Heinz Award
Heinz Awards
05.04.12
Mercury Soul , Mason Bates
Remixing Classical-Music Concerts for the iPod Generation
Wall St. Journal
03.16.12
Emanuel Ax, Mason Bates
Music review: John Adams' 'Absolute Jest' in San Francisco
Los Angeles Times
02.23.12
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Bridging Huge Gaps, Geographical and Musical
The New York Times
02.18.12
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Music review: Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony at Segerstrom Hall
Los Angeles Times
02.17.12
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Chicago orchestra reaffirms its mastery, cohesion
San Francisco Chronicle
02.15.12
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Review: Muti and Chicago Symphony make a very impressive visit to Davies Hall
San Jose Mercury News
02.03.12
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Muti and the CSO revel in the brave new worlds of ‘Alternative Energy’
Chicago Sun-Times
02.03.12
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In Muti's hands, new Mason Bates work presses the right buttons with CSO audience
Chicago Tribune
11.26.11
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A blast of techno lights up the Detroit Symphony
Detroit Free Press
11.26.11
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In its own castle, DSO shows off its regal sound
The Detroit News
10.18.11
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MusicNow offers a bravura plugged-in season opener
Chicago Classical Review
08.08.11
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Mason Bates: Musical Transporter
San Francisco Classical Voice
05.14.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Mason Bates
Riccardo Muti’s youthful leanings emerge
Chicago Sun-Times
05.12.11
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CSO composer Mason Bates a disc jockey by night
Chicago Sun Times
03.16.11
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Bates, Clyne bringing fresh vibe to CSO's new music series
Chicago Tribune
03.13.11
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Mason Bates: Electronica, Meet Orchestra
NPR
10.08.10
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In Chicago, MusicNOW
MusicalAmerica.com
09.16.10
Mason Bates, Chanticleer
Chanticleer: Out of This World
San Francisco Classical Voice
08.03.10
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Lively new music scene gets livelier with arrival of CSO's young resident composers
Chicago Tribune
05.26.10
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Davies Symphony Hall: the coolest place in town last week
The Examiner
05.12.10
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Aerosol melodies
San Francisco Bay Guardian
01.29.10
Mercury Soul , Mason Bates
When Worlds Collide, and Boundaries Fall
San Francisco Classical Voice
Recently awarded the Heinz Medal in the Humanities, Mason Bates writes music that fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno. Frequently performed by orchestras large and small, his symphonic music has been the first to receive widespread acceptance for its expanded palette of electronic sounds, and it is championed by leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin. He has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his residency with the Chicago Symphony, or through his classical/DJ project Mercury Soul, which has transformed spaces ranging from commercial clubs to Frank Gehry-designed concert halls into exciting, hybrid musical events drawing over a thousand people. In awarding Bates the Heinz Medal, Teresa Heinz remarked that “his music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music.” ... read full bio