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October 04, 2012

ASCAP's Mason Bates to be Honored with 2012 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities

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Mason Bates

ASCAP congratulates contemporary classical composer Mason Bates, who will be the recipient of a 2012 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.

Established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, the Awards celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him. The Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation, recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. Nominations are submitted by an anonymous Council of Nominators and are reviewed by Jurors appointed by the Heinz Family Foundation. Award recipients are ultimately selected by the Board of Directors.

From the Heinz Awards: "A contemporary composer grounded in both the fundamentals of classical music and electronica, Mason Bates tackles broad, creative themes, moving the orchestra into the digital age and dissolving the boundaries of traditional symphonic music. His award-winning compositions combine an expanded orchestral palette, often including electronic sounds with large-scale, imaginative narrative forms that incorporate topics ranging from earthquakes to energy. At 35, he is one of the youngest-ever recipients of a Heinz Award. […] Mason Bates actively supports the music of his fellow composers through his programming of new music on the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW series and elsewhere. With the future in mind, he looks to continue expanding his musical contributions and explore composition in the realms of theatre, opera and film."

To learn more about Mason Bates, visit www.masonbates.com.

To learn more about the Heinz Awards and the full list of recipients, visit www.heinzawards.net.