Featuring innovative responses to old forms, poetry from the distant past, and ancient instruments, this concert led by Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center's new Composer-in-Residence, includes large-scale vocal works by Donnacha Dennehy and Anna Clyne.
Sample innovative responses to old forms, poetry from the distant past, and ancient instruments in a sparkling club atmosphere conjuring a baroque hall straight out of Versailles with projections, props, furniture, and more. This concert conducted by Donato Cabrera includes large-scale vocal works by Donnacha Dennehy and Anna Clyne, two leading lights in new music.That the Night Come, Dennehy's song cycle on the poetry of W.B. Yeats, is complemented by As Sudden Shut, Clyne's response to Emily Dickinson. The program also includes Edmund Finnis's In Situ, which offers a striking response to composers long past, while other music, including one of Mason Bates's own works, uses electronic sounds to offer a 21st-century perspective on 18th-century forms. Includes a free after party with cash bar and one complimentary drink voucher.
Patron Note: This performance venue has no seating; patrons will stand during the performance.
ABOUT MASON BATES'S KC JUKEBOX
"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 1 hour, followed by the After Party.
Irene PollinNew Artistic Initiatives are funded in honor of Linda and Kenneth Pollin.