“Missy Mazzoli may be one of the busiest American composers under age 40,” writes Howard Reich in Wednesday’s (10/17) Chicago Tribune. “As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s newest Mead composer-in-residence, she has taken on an additional, formidable responsibility: curating the innovative MusicNOW series that opens Monday…. The first program she has designed … will feature three U.S. premieres.” They are Kate Moore’s Synaesthesia Suite, Andrew Hamilton’s music for roger casement, and Nicole Lizee’s Isabella Blow at Somerset House; the program also includes Judd Greenstein’s Octet 1979. “On April 8, [Mazzoli will] do triple duty as curator and composer-arranger of one of the program’s works. And in the series’ final concert, May 20, she’ll take on an additional role as pianist…. She was as surprised as she was excited to be invited to apply for the composer-in-residence position.” Says Mazzoli, “The chance …to work with an orchestra of that stature is nothing I was going to turn down. Also, I’ve been writing a lot of opera … but I’m still interested in writing orchestral work and chamber work, so this was a way to stay connected to the orchestra world, and to work with world-class musicians.”


Posted October 19, 2018

Missy Mazzoli photo by Caroline Tompkins