The Mason Bates Giveaway

Published On December 3, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Giveaways

Mason Bates, the gent who graced the cover of the most recent issue of the City Paper, has been turning heads since being named Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra‘s “Composer of the Year”. His compositions combine electronic music with a traditional symphony format to produce pieces that are currently revolutionizing the way orchestral performances are performed and received. He spent the past weekend performing Mothership as “DJ Masonic” alongside the PSO. This piece originally “premiered at the Sydney Opera House by the YouTube Symphony to an online audience of 1.8 million”. The Pittsburgh performance featured a completely improvised section featuring musicians of the PSO in addition to works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Bates’ upcoming performances on December 7 and 9 at Heinz Hall focus on his Violin Concerto. Bates states, “Composers paint with sound, and my sonic palette has been growing rapidly in large-scale symphonies fusing orchestral and electronic sounds. But the pops, clicks and thuds of techno present challenges in a violin concerto: the subtle textures of this eighteen-inch instrument would be quickly painted over by the powerful colors of such a big palette. So, in order to fully showcase the violin, I stepped back into the acoustic universe — but with my ears still humming with exotic sounds.” If you would like to experience the sounds of this unique and dynamic composer, you can purchase your tickets to either performance here. We’ve also managed to snab a pair of tickets to the December 9 2:30PM performance at Heinz Hall. Simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter for your chance to win. We’ll select a winner at random on Friday, December 7th.

Keep an eye out for more Bates on the horizon, as he will be returning to Pittsburgh in April 2013 for “Mercury Soul” – a classical and electronic music experience in a club space. This event has been pulled off in Chicago twice and Miami to rave reviews, and the PSO hopes the hip and savvy electronic music fans in Pittsburgh will enjoy it as much as it’s been received in these other larger cities. Stay tuned to NakYouOut closer to April for more deets on Mercury Soul.

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