Saturday Concert with Renowned Composer/DJ Mason Bates

The Department of Music is pleased to present the Stanislaus Scratch Band, Stuart Sims, conductor, in a special engagement with renowned composer/DJ, Mason Bates. The concert will feature a unique blend of classical and contemporary music techniques showcasing the electronica stylings of Masonic and MarBassMann.

The recipient of both an American Academy in Berlin Fellowship and a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Mason Bates moves fluidly between the worlds of classical concert music and underground electronica. Young Concert Artists' Composer-in-Residence from 2000-2002, he composes for a wide variety of media, with a portfolio of orchestral, chamber, theatrical, and electronic works. His music was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "lovely to hear and ingeniously constructed."

Upcoming premieres for Mr. Bates include Liquid Interface, which was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and will receive its premiere, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in February 2007. Mr. Bates' recent successes include the premieres of Digital Loom, an electro-acoustic work commissioned by The Juilliard School to celebrate its 100th anniversary in January 2006 and Rusty Air in Carolina for electronics commissioned by the Winston-Salem (NC) Symphony in May 2006.

The performance will be held Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at the State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto, CA.

Tickets will be available in advance at (209) 527-4697; $10 general admission, $8 students, staff & seniors. Proceeds benefit the Department of Music Scholarship Fund.

More information about the concert is available by contacting the College of the Arts at (209) 667-3959.