Jun 21, 2019
Bach to Bates
An ambitious convergence of musical canon and cutting-edge modern repertoire
($15 – $20)
Friday, June 21, 2019, 7:30PM

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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors at 6:30PM

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Named Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2018, Mason Bates (creator of the Grammy Award-winning opera hit The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) has become one of the most-performed modern composers of the 21st century. For the final concert in our Town Music series we’re presenting a night of pieces by Mason Bates alongside a selection of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, showcasing an ambitious convergence of musical canon and cutting-edge modern repertoire.

Bates’ symphonic music is the first to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds, and he is known for weaving theatrical stories into his performances. His work is evocative of Bach, who suffused his compositions with fugue and counterpoint to create motifs of action that conspired to form musical stories. Join us for a night of Town Music that transports us from the hallowed works of J.S. Bach to the electronic masterpieces of Mason Bates.


J.S. Bach: Two movements from Sonata no. 3 for Solo Violin
Poulenc: Bagatelle
Lutoslawski: Bucolics
Messiaen: Abime des Ouiseaux from Quartet for the End of Time
Bates: Red River
Bartok: Contrasts
Bates: Bagatelles

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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