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Mason Bates – Of Land & Sea

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Of Land & Sea

Monday, February 22, 2016 8:00 PM

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

In this concert curated by Mason Bates, our new Composer-in-Residence, imaginative music inspired by geography is brought to life by a wide diversity of ensembles. Stay for the free after party that includes a complimentary cocktail.

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Of Land & Sea
Imaginative music inspired by geography is brought to life by a wide diversity of ensembles--from Kevin Puts's colorful Seven Seascapes to renowned local composer Christopher Rouse's Ku-Ka-Ilimoku, a percussive quartet evoking Hawaii. Also on the program: Mason Bates's Red River, which uses an immersive electro-acoustic ensemble to trace the journey of the great Colorado River through the American Southwest, and an electronic work by recent Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams. The concert will feature ensembles of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and others. 

Following the concert, stay for the free after party DJ'ed by Moose and featuring a cash bar. Each patron will receive a voucher good for one complimentary beverage, including the evening's signature cocktail, a Classic Daiquiri. Only drinks purchased in a $3 lidded souvenir cup, and bottled water, are allowed in the theater.

"Mr. Bates has built a national reputation as an innovator. For nearly a decade, he has been hailed as one of the young saviors of classical music..."
--The New York Times

Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center's new Composer-in-Residence, is renowned for fusing innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno into his genre-bending creations. The San Francisco Chronicle says his "cheerful disregard for stylistic boundaries is a godsend."
A DJ and active advocate of bringing classical music to new audiences and spaces, Bates returns to curate KC Jukebox, an adventurous new Kennedy Center concert series. Using an inventive mix of cutting-edge technology, evocative lighting, and dynamic electro-acoustic palettes--and bringing together forward-thinking instrumentalists, vocalists, and DJs from Washington and beyond--these concerts will spotlight the works of living composers as filtered through Bates's signature re-imagining of the classical music experience. Read more about Mason Bates.

Performance Timing: Approximately 70 minutes, followed by a 40-minute After-Party

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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Of Land & Sea