Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints Missy Mazzoli as composer-in-residence

By Andi Lamoreaux |

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Composer Missy Mazzoli (Photo: Stephen Taylor)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has appointed Missy Mazzoli as the orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Mazzoli will write a new work for the CSO, to be performed during the 2019-2020 season, and she will curate the orchestra’s Music Now concert series, plus give guidance for the programming of other contemporary music by the orchestra. Mazzoli’s compositions include two operas, Song from the Uproar, which had its Chicago premiere in a performance by Chicago Fringe Opera in 2016, and Breaking the Waves. A graduate of the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, she’s been in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera. Her works have been performed at the BBC Proms and by ensembles including the Sydney Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. She also performs as a pianist and electronic musician.