The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble performs “Rags and Hymns of River City” by Mason Bates

Mason Bates

Mason Bates (b. 1977) is an American classical composer and electronic music DJ, best known for expanding the orchestra to include electronics in his works. Mason received a B.A. degree in music composition and English literature from the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange Program after studying with John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, and Samuel Adler. Bates completed his doctorate dissertation under the supervision of Edmund Campion at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. degree in 2008.

Recently ranked as the second-most performed living composer in the United States, Mason Bates has been collaborating extensively with The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and served as a composer-in-residence with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2015. Currently, he works as a composer-in-residence at John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.

In 2010, Bates was commissioned to write for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. The Mothership, a single-movement concert for orchestra and laptop, was premiered by the international YouTube Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in March of 2011 at Sydney Opera House. Live broadcast on YouTube attracted almost two million viewers.

As DJ Masonic, the artist is performing diverse sets, from jazzy trip-hop to techno, often incorporating live improvisations from jazz and classical musicians.

The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble

Having launched our inaugural season in the fall of 2011, we are a dynamic group of young professional musicians based in Richmond, Virginia comprised of members of the Richmond Symphony and faculty members at institutions such as Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Richmond.



While showcasing the talent of the Richmond area on the national stage through recording and touring, our mission is to build new kinds of connections with the people of our community via innovative programming, formats, venues, and community interaction, as well as through partnerships with local organizations.



With our unique combination of strings, winds, and piano, we continue to program a great variety of musical styles for forces both large and small, with a firm commitment to programming works seldom heard due to their unusual instrumentations.

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Tickets Available at the Door

Music to be performed:
Bunch - Viola Fire
Harbison - Quintet for Winds
Frank - Andean Walkabout
Bates - World Premier

This commission made possible by a generous grant from the Allan and Margot Blank Foundation and Virginia Commission for the Arts.

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