MASON BATES PREMIERES NEW COMMISSION WITH ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

02.25.14
Mason Bates

On March 6-8, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will premiere Mason Bates’ newest commission, “Garages of the Valley.” The piece was co-commissioned by Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Mason Bates says about the work, "Much of the Digital Age was dreamed up in the most low-tech of spaces. The garages that dot the landscape of Silicon Valley housed the visionaries behind Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Google.  The imagined music of these tech workshops begins hyper-kinetically yet sporadically, filled with false starts.  It soon flashes into a quicksilver world of out exotic textures and tunings that is informed by the music of Frenchman Gerard Grisey (whose imaginative orchestrations sound electronic but are completely unplugged).  The exhilarating finale reflects the infectious optimism of the great inventers of our time, who conjured new worlds within the bright Valley’s dark garages."

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