Bates extends Kennedy Center residence

Mason Bates, the Richmond-bred composer best-known for his works mixing traditional acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, will extend his engagement as the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence through the 2019-20 season, The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette reports:

Bates’ Washington gig includes serving as maestro of “Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox,” a series of nightclub-style programs of contemporary music. His works also are performed regularly by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Following the premiere over the summer of his first opera, “The (Re)volution of Steve Jobs,” at the Santa Fe Opera, Bates is at work on an orchestral-choral work to be premiered in May 2018 by the Richmond Symphony and Symphony Chorus.

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