Oct. 9, 2019
On our Classical KING-FM/Seattle Symphony Podcast, Dave Beck speaks with the flutist who has given the premieres of hundreds of new works for her instrument in performances throughout the world. Claire Chase was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2012 for her work, not only fostering the creation of new music, but also for building organizations, forming community alliances and supporting educational programs reaching new audiences. That work is on display in Seattle this week when she is soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Thomas Dausgaard in the 2018 composition “Aello: Ballet Mecanomorphe” by Olga Neuwirth. It’s for flute, bass flute, and an ensemble that includes tuned waterglasses and a typewriter. Claire Chase gave the world premiere of the piece, an homage to the Bach Brandenburg Concerto Number 4, last year at the BBC Proms with Thomas Dausgaard leading the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
This week in Seattle, Claire Chase also presents music by Marcos Balter as part of her innovative Density 2036 project. Claire Chase explains more about this effort to generate new flute music, a project unfolding over a 23 year time span.