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Mason Bates World Premiere

March 30, 2019 8:00 PM

It is with great excitement we announce that Mason Bates, Musical America's 2018 Composer of the year, has written a brand new work, Rags and Hymns of River City, for the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble!!!   Mason is known for his unique writing style, drawing from his DJ background to fuse classical and electronic music. (please check out his website to see all the amazing things he is doing.) This unique project has been our most ambitious endeavor to date, and we've really enjoyed the chance to collaborate with such a world class composer.  The new work is scored for standard nonet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, bass) and electronics, and will be premiered March 30th on a special concert at Capital Ale House's Richmond Music Hall. 

In addition, this project will culminate in the future release of ACE's first professionally produced recording!  In fact, ACE has the honor of both premiering the work and being the first to record it, giving us the potential to elevate the Richmond arts scene to international awareness as we bring a new work of music to life from one of the world's most successful young composers.   Check out our concerts page for more information on the world premiere event March 30, 2019, and click here to order tickets!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Allan and Margot Blank foundation, our house concert gala fundraisers, the 100x100 in 100 Challenge, and additional gifts from our amazing supporters, we have raised 100% of the $45,000 needed for the commission!

And with that, we are turning our efforts toward raising the funds needed to produce our first recording which will include Mason's exciting new work for our chamber ensemble, Rags & Hymns of River City! 

Would you consider joining us in this exciting project!  We are so very close to achieving our goal, and know that with community help from our loyal fans, supporters, and our growing list of new friends of the arts we can accomplish this exciting musical adventure together.  ACE is a 501c3 organization and all gifts are tax deductible.


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