Jobs Musical to L.A.


Composer and DJ Mason Bates.

A musical about Apple founder Steve Jobs is coming to Los Angeles, courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera. The show, with music by composer Mason Bates, is scheduled to open in 2017, and will focus on Jobs’ entrepreneurial activities as well as his private life.

Bates, who is also a successful electronic DJ, will collaborate with librettist Mark Campbell and director Charles MacKay on the project, titled The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

The announcement issued by the Santa Fe Opera describes the story arc in the following terms: “The opera starts at a moment in Jobs’ life when he must face his own mortality and circles back to the events and people in his past that shaped and inspired him: his father Paul, Zen Buddhism, his relationship with a woman whose child he initially disowned, his quick rise and fall as mogul, and – most importantly – his wife Laurene, who showed him the power of love and connection.”

Bates currently serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His music fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds. Leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin have championed his diverse catalogue. He has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces.

Jobs will also be the subject of a new film from Danny Boyle, who won an Oscar for 2009’s Slumdog Millionaire, starring Michael Fassbender with a score by Daniel Pemberton.

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