Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A native Richmonder, his music “enlivens imaginative narrative forms with novel orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.”
I got to spend an hour with Mason on our midday classical show, talking about his most recent works and a world premiere “Children of Adam” being performed by the Richmond Symphony this weekend. Enjoy our chat and some musical excerpts!
Yours in good music,
Classical Music Host, 88.9 WCVE