Chicago Symphony renews contract of composers-in-residence for two years.

Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that music director Riccardo Muti has extended the terms of CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence Mason Bates and Anna Clyne for two more seasons.

“As I have studied their work, I am impressed with what they have created,” said Muti in a statement released by the CSO. “They each have a unique voice, and I am very proud that we have brought such fine young composers to Chicago. I am happy that they will stay with us for two additional years.”

Bates and Clyne both have commissioned works receiving their premieres by Muti and the orchestra this month. On Thursday, Bates’ Alternative Energy will have its debut and Clyne’s Night Ferry will be premiered on February 9. Muti and the CSO will take both works on their California tour later this month.

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