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SYO goes electronic with Mothership

SYO Inc. posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:06 AM

The SYO is set to perform Mason Bates' Mothership, an electronic/orchestral piece commissioned for the 2011 YouTube Orchestra. Our conductor, and SSO double bassist Richard Carnegie, was a part of that orchestra in Sydney, Australia. 

For our performance, SYO trombone player Spencer Krips will strap on his electric guitar for one solo, and his electric mandolin for another, while flautist Nicole Toews will operate the electronic cues from a laptop. The piece will shake the stone foundations of the Third Avenue United Church with its high-powered speakers and subwoofer.

The SYO will then perform Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Suite I and II.

We are also performing the complete Star Wars Suite, by John Williams. This will come just six days before the premiere of the new installment in the Star Wars movie franchise, which will be fun for fans. We are also holding a costume contest in conjunction with our concert.


Mothership Background:

Mason W. Bates (born January 23, 1977) is an American composer of symphonic music and DJ of electronic dance music. Distinguished by his innovations in orchestration and large-scale form, Bates is best known for his expansion of the orchestra to include electronics. The second-most performed living composer in the United States, he has worked closely with the San Francisco Symphony and recently ended a three-year term as composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was named composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (their first ever composer-in-residence appointment), starting this fall and through the 2017-18 season.