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Chicago Symphony Orchestra names Osvaldo Golijov co-Composer-in-Residence
From the Chigaco Symphony Orchestra

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced today that two leading international composers—Osvaldo Golijov and Mark-Anthony Turnage—will each join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as Mead Composers-in-Residence for two-year residencies, spanning the Orchestra's 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 concert seasons.

Mr. Golijov and Mr. Turnage succeed Augusta Read Thomas, the CSO's current Mead Composer-in-Residence, who concludes her impressive nine-year tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June 2006. As part of their residencies with the CSO, both Mr. Golijov and Mr. Turnage will have individual works programmed on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's main subscription series and will work with CSO musicians to curate two MusicNOW new music concerts per season in collaboration with artistic staff and Cliff Colnot, MusicNOW's principal conductor. As Mead Composers-in Residence, each artist will serve as an active advocate for the music of our time: interacting with CSO audiences and encouraging the exploration of new works of music; participating in pre-concert conversations and educational events, both at Symphony Center and in the community; and providing important counsel on CSO commissioning activities and the programming of contemporary works.

"It gives us great pleasure to announce that Osvaldo Golijov and Mark-Anthony Turnage, celebrated artists with unique musical voices and distinct perspectives, have agreed to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra family as our next Mead Composers-in-Residence," said CSO Association President Deborah R. Card. "For close to twenty years, the CSO has greatly benefited from having leading composers as part of the mix of our artistic team. We are delighted to have these two gentlemen working with us in this capacity for the next two seasons, reinforcing and building upon the fine work that Augusta Read Thomas and her predecessors have accomplished in the areas of programming, education, and new music advocacy. Our goal is to continue to evolve our Mead Composer-in-Residence program, creating new residencies that will be rich in content and broad in reach, touching numerous aspects of the CSO's performance and educational activities."

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present a semi-staged version of Osvaldo Golijov's one-act opera, Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears), as part of its 2007-2008 subscription season. Ainadamar was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Tanglewood Music Center. The premiere featured soprano Dawn Upshaw in its main role with Robert Spano conducting the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows and Orchestras. Most recently, in summer 2005, Ainadamar was given its first fully staged production at the Santa Fe Opera in a new production as directed by Peter Sellars. Mr. Golijov's collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in the 2006-2007 season will result in new works to be featured on Symphony Center's MusicNOW series; a Silk Road theme will be woven throughout the CSO's 2006-2007 entire season as part of a year-long citywide Silk Road celebration to be spearheaded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Art Institute of Chicago. Also featured on MusicNOW in 2006-2007 will be Ayre, an arrangement of 11 songs, especially written for Ms. Upshaw, ranging from Sephardic folk tunes to Semitic electronica to Arabic poetry. Works by Mr. Golijov to be presented on the CSO's 2006-2007 subscription series are yet to be announced. These concerts will mark the first time that the Orchestra has presented music by this remarkable composer at Symphony Center.