New Voices: World’s Greatest Synth

Mar 28

11:00 AM

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Introduce the young people in your life to the orchestra with the CSO’s fun and engaging concert series for children. World’s Greatest Synth is a virtuosic concerto for orchestra and animated film. The piece zooms inside orchestral instruments to discover how sound is made and brings the instrument families together in a spectacular, pulsing finale. Perfect for ages 5 and up!


Mason Bates World’s Greatest Synth: The Making of the Orchestra [CSO Co-commission — World Premiere]


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conductor
Gary Rydstrom writer, director & sound designer
Jim Capobianco story & animation supervisor
Mason Bates writer, music & electronica

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The 19/20 season will bring the world premiere of World’s Greatest Synth: The Making of the Orchestra, written by acclaimed composer Mason Bates and co-created with writer-director Gary Rydstrom and story artist-animator Jim Capobianco to celebrate the centennial of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concerts for children. Described as “a concerto for orchestra and animation,” the multimedia work presents the modern orchestra as the perfect synthesis of art and science. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director. Made possible through the generous support of Helen Zell.

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