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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY TO OFFER LIVE WEBCAST OF THE WORLD PREMIERE OF AUDITORIUM BY MASON BATES VIA “FACEBOOK LIVE”, WEDNESDAY APRIL 27

04.12.16
Mason Bates
San Francisco Symphony Press

SFS becomes first major orchestra to live-stream a world premiere in real time using the "Facebook Live" feature to audiences around the globe, for free

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS), led by guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, will be the first major symphony orchestra to use Facebook's live video streaming feature "Facebook Live" to webcast a world premiere to audiences around the globe, for free. Commissioned by the SFS, composer Mason Bates's latest work Auditorium, with Bates performing on electronica, will be streamed from Davies Symphony Hall on Wednesday April 27 at approximately 8:15 pm on the Symphony's Facebook page www.facebook.com/sfsymphony. The world premiere webcast will also be archived and available for on-demand streaming following the performance. To experience Auditorium, viewers should be followers of the SFS Facebook page, and will receive an automatic notification when the stream begins. 

In Auditorium, the electro-acoustic composer Mason Bates explores the soundscape of the acoustic orchestra combined with digital sounds. Baroque instruments are used in the sampled sound material, providing the piece's digital vocabulary, which is juxtaposed with a modern orchestra playing in real time. The dialogue this generates underscores the composer's fascination with evolutionary processes and the "ghosts" of previous technology.  

This will be the SFS's most extensive use of "Facebook Live", a new tool which has enabled users to generate and stream video directly through the Facebook platform since December 2015. The technology currently is designed for capture on a mobile device and is being developed to incorporate professional quality audio and video. Previously in March of 2011, Michael Tilson Thomas led the YouTube Symphony in the live video premiere of Bates's Mothership in a performance from the Sydney Opera House that was viewed by nearly two million people.

Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra is the San Francisco Symphony's latest CD release on its in-house recording label SFS Media-the first recordings of the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides and Liquid Interface, in addition to Alternative Energy. These three works illustrate Bates's exuberantly inventive music that expands the symphonic palette with sounds of the digital age: techno, drum ‘n' bass, field recordings and more, with the composer performing on electronica. MTT and the SFS have championed Bates's works for over a decade, evolving a partnership built on multi-year commissioning, performing, recording, and touring projects.