On Wednesday, May 9, Mason Bates ‘95 spoke in Upper School chapel. Mason, who is often hailed as the most performed composer of his generation, was commissioned by the Richmond Symphony to compose a piece to celebrate its 60th anniversary. “Children of Adam: Songs of Creation for Chorus and Orchestra” premiered on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Bates is the Honorary Chair of the Orchestrating Leadership Campaign.


“Whatever we end up becoming, those experiences in the arts, the performing arts in particular, are crucial in shaping us.”

About Mason Bates:

Recently named the most performed composer of his generation and the 2018 Composer of the Year by Musical America, Mason serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His symphonic music is the first to receive widespread acceptance for its cutting-edge integration of electronic sounds, and his opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs was hailed as one of the best-selling productions in the history of Santa Fe Opera. Mason, who travels the globe exploring the ways classical music integrates into contemporary cultures, returned to Richmond in May 2018 with a new work celebrating the Richmond Symphony’s 60th Anniversary.


More Information:

Mason was recently featured in the spring issue of StC Magazine. CLICK HERE to read the article. 

Watch a video of Mason performing at the Sydney Opera House.

Charles Gilchrist