She wins the hearts of all involved with her joy, with her contagious enthusiasm and above all with her professional conducting style under the umbrella of mutual respect and appreciation. Mei-Ann Chen, recreations First Principal Guest Conductor came back from Chicago and conducted Mussorgski's symphonic hit ′′ Pictures of an Exhibition ′′ (instrumentation by Ravel).
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen speaks with Podium Time at 3:45 PM on Feb. 20th about conducting and more
Tchaikovsky and the Romantics with Toledo Symphony and violinist Timothy Chooi. Limited tickets for live performance at Toledo Museum of Art, online streaming will also be offered.
The New York Times article - online today and a version in the paper on January 31
"The work now being taken up by large institutions has long been the purpose of many smaller ones. We spoke with seven of them." By Joshua Barone, Senior Staff Editor
VIew the video on Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming March 28 MLK Tribute Concert!
Enjoy this American program, "From the Neue Welt" - Barber & Dvorak, recorded in November for TV broadcast in AUSTRIA US times 1:30ET/12:30CT/11:30MT/10:30PT)! The pandemic has forced many LIVE performances to be cancelled, but music continues in many shapes and forms...
The concert was recorded in late November in Grafenegg.
Visit Mei-Ann's facebook page or the musuem's facebook page for her contribution to the museum's holiday series of holiday book readings.
Continuing it’s 2020-21 season theme of storytelling, Chicago Sinfonietta invites everyone to get into the spirit of the holiday season with a Sinfonietta virtual premiere - a video performance of the popular poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Click on the link to enjoy!
Recreation Gros Orchestre Graz premieres for ′′ We share the music The sound creators " Tuesday, December 8th. Don't miss this fascinating documentary by Roland Renner.
Mei-Ann Chenn, pianist Ya Chu Ho and Recreation l show you "what music can do, what it is for us and what it does to us, wrapped in a movie."
Eight cameras and dozens of microphones accompanied the large orchestra at Stefaniensaal.
On the program: Rachmaninov's 2. th piano concert and the bewildering Scheherazade by Rimski-Korsakov. Our producer Roland Renner (Reziprok) delivers a fascinating making-of-documentary about the central characters of high-security production for the high-gloss concert film. Title: ′′ The Sound Creators ".
Ps.: All 150 corona tests done were negative.
Tune in! From Tuesday, 8.12.2020, 16:00 pm:
Video: Matthias Wagner”
"The label [Cedille] has had a commitment not only to boosting local artists and musicians but artists and musicians of color. One Cedille regular has been the Chicago Sinfonietta, which is the most diverse orchestra in the United States."
New alliance for my management, Opus 3 Artists.
Read release on Opus 3 website.
"Most of this year’s planned tributes to Beethoven’s 250th birthday have been canceled due to the pandemic, so one welcomed the Sinfonietta’s contribution, which proved characteristically unorthodox. Rather than offer something wholly familiar, Chen led the Sinfonietta strings in Jeffrey L. Briggs' arrangement of two movements from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 13, “Pathetique.” This may have seemed like a bit of a stunt, in that this music is so inherently pianistic. But there were new pleasures to be drawn from this arrangement. In the adagio cantabile second movement (mistakenly identified onscreen as the third movement), Chen conjured considerable tenderness and introspection. And in the last movement, the conductor took a slower tempo than pianists usually do, giving the music a degree of grandeur it rarely receives.
The concert opened with Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and included Valerie Coleman’s arrangement of the South African National Anthem. Both works proved the value of elegantly stated populism and underscored the Sinfonietta’s message of optimism in the face of global adversity."
"The orchestra is continuing to build on a three-decades history of anti-racism and anti-sexism. At least one-third of its musicians, staff and board are people of color, making it a notable outlier in the orchestral world." -Kyle MacMillan, The Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sinfonietta's Groundbreaking Program,
Project Inclusion welcomes 2020-21 Fellows
Number of awarded Fellowships largest in program's 13-year history
Antoine T. Clark to serve as Chicago Sinfonietta 2020-21 Assistant Conductor
Michelle Isaac to serve as new Project Inclusion Composers Freeman Fellow
Experience the Past, and Imagine the Future with Chicago Sinfonietta
Announcing the organization's first ever virtual gala - a celebration of defiantly different music
"The Chicago Sinfonietta will present two online concerts and one live concert for its 2020-21 season.
Each program will feature a commissioned world premiere, all by African American composers."
Mei-Ann Chen talks Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship and career
"Success for Marlea Simpson will be when the entire field functions like the Chicago Sinfonietta, where the African American musician has served as principal violist since 2014."
Chicago Sinfonietta Principal Violist praises the orchestra in this Sun-TImes article.
Classically Speaking Presents Conductors In Conversation - Mei-Ann Chen guests with 3 other colleagues - JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic; Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Alondra de la Parra Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
Tune in to Classically Speaking's Facebook Live or via YouTube at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17.
“Any time you get recognition from the League of American Orchestras,” said Chicago Sinfonietta music director Mei-Ann Chen, whose contract was extended in May through the 2023-24 season, “it’s a national validation of the work that we’re doing and it’s always welcome. Our work has been pioneering in terms of national efforts of diversity in our country for symphony orchestras.”
Read the Chicago Tribune article.
The Board of the Chicago Sinfonietta has unanimously elected to extend Music Director Mei-Ann Chen's contract through the 2023-24 season, another three years. Since 2011, Mei-Ann Chen has served the Chicago area as Music Director of the award-winning 33-year old orchestra. During her tenure, she has redefined orchestra programming and strongly positioned the organization at the forefront of bold, innovative initiatives.
Only the second Music Director in the history of the nation's most diverse orchestra, following in the footsteps of its founder, the late Maestro Paul Freeman, under Chen's tenure the Sinfonietta has received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming , was named "The city's hippest orchestra" by the Chicago Tribune, expanded the successful and groundbreaking Project Inclusion Fellowship Program, and received the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the Spirit of Innovation Award by the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Blake-Anthony Johnson will begin his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Sinfonietta effective June 1st 2020. Welcome!
Don't miss ROCO's bright 2020-21 season, their 16th Season: "Color and Light" ROCO’s 16th season features illuminating musical collaborations exploring global soundscapes, presenting ten commissions, in three series of concerts showcasing the ensemble’s flexible model.
Visit the video section of the website to hear/see Mei-Ann Chen's virtual video with members of the Chicago Sinfonietta.
Jennifer Higdon speaks with the Recording Academy about how to succeed as a woman in theis male-dominated industry. A fascinating read. Mei-Ann has worked with many of the women mentioned in the article.
"The Chicago Sinfonietta, which is 47 percent female, we’re told, plays superbly under Mei-Ann Chen, and the engineering is up to the high standards of the house. This is music well worth getting to know, and more importantly, worthy of repetition, and hence well worth collecting." -David Hurwitz (review excerpt)