Congratulations to Producer Blanton Alspaugh, Grammy winner for Producer of the Year, Classical! He produced ROCO's Visions Take Flight CD, which Mei-Ann conducted.
Read the Chicago Tribune's review of the Chicago Sinfonietta's Martin Luther King Tribute Concert here.
Mei-Ann chats with Becky Nystedt of WFMT about the upcoming 2020 Chicago Sinfonietta MLK Concerts.
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen returns to the DSO with a program featuring Suite No. 1 from Bizet's spellbinding opera Carmen. Cellist Sterling Elliott (National Sphinx Competition Winner) is featured soloist in Lalo's Cello Concerto in D Minor.
Residentie Orkest spoke with Mei-Ann prior to the Decembe 13 concert about"dark" versus "light" music: can dark music elevate us as much as cheerful? Read the piece here.
Mei-Ann returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Jan. 9, 10 & 12 with a program featuring Suite No. 1 from Bizet's spellbinding opera Carmen. Cellist Sterling Elliott (National Sphinx Competition Winner) is featured soloist in Lalo's Cello Concerto in D Minor. Per
Mei-Ann leads Tucson Symphony in Tubalicious
with David Morgan, tuba, Feb 1 and 2- Don't miss this energetic concert!
Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse nègre
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Maestra Chen leads the Residentie Orkest in "WARM WINTER NIGHTS" featuring Grieg's Piano Concerto with pianist Nelson Goerner at The Hague and then in TivoliVredenburg on Dec. 15th
Mei-Ann Chen makes her BBC Symphony Orchestra debut November 28 with a BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert recorded live at the Maida Vale Studios for future broadcast.
Mei-Ann chats with Tim Mangan of VoiceofOC about Florence Price in advance of November 14 - 16 concerts in Orange County
Mei-Ann conducts Swedish violinist Johan Dalene in Thomas Adès violin concerto Concentric Paths with the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Operan in December. She also leads the premiere of Swedish composer Tobias Broström's orchestral interpretation of Melanie Bonis's Suite Orientale, Stravinsky's Ballet Pulcinella Suite, and Brahms's Haydn Variations.
Mei-Ann travels to Sweden to guest the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands December 5 in a program featuring Ades's Concentric Paths, with violinist Johan Dalene as soloist. Other works include Bbonis's Suite Oriental, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn
Works by 3 prolific American composers are centerstage in 3 November concerts when Mei-Ann Chen guests with Pacific Symphony. Read more in the link below.
Chicago Sinfonietta's Project Inclusion' Aims to Increase Diversity in Classical MusicSee the piece here!
Hear her lead the orchestra in a concert featuring Liszt's Die Ideale and Stacy Garrop's Terra Nostra
"...Symphony no. 2 in C major op. 61 by Robert Schumann was like an intoxicating party, sometimes with more gentle nuances. ... a spirited conductor whirled and made for excitement in the well-visited Gutsscheune. Long applause and many cheers rounded off the two-hour concert experience." - Weser-Kurier (Germany)
September 27 kicks off Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) In Concert Series at Miller Outdoor Theatre and highlights Mei-Ann Chen, ROCO’s first-ever Artistic Partner. Showcasing the full 40-piece orchestra, “Time for Hope”, features ROCO's Commissioned World Premiere, "Centuries in the Hours" by Lisa Bielawa.
"Chen LED with clear language, rhythm and lovely positive energy. The Orchestra responded to the dance of the conductor with desire and inspiration." - Harri Hautala, AAMULEHTI (translation)
Mei-Ann Chen returns to Finland with a robust program featuring Florence Price's (sov. William Grant Still): Tansseja ruokopellolta, Max Bruch's Viulukonsertto nro 1 g-molli op. 26, Samuel Barber's Konserttialkusoitto The School for Scandal op. 5 and
Aaron Copland's Sarja baletista Billy the Kid with the
Tampere Filharmonia on September 12 at the Tampere House, Big Hall
If you are in Germany, don't miss Mei-Ann Chen in her
NDR Radiophilharmonie Debut September 19 and 20! presented by Niedersächsische Musiktage.
THORVALDSDOTTIR Hrim für Ensemble (Chamber Orchestra)
C.SCHUMANN Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 7
R.SCHUMANN Sinfonie Nr. 2, C-Dur op. 61
Mei-Ann makes Oslo Philharmonic debut with Annual Open Air Concert in Myraløkka
SOLD-OUT! Mei-Ann's April 27 concert with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra at Bilkent Concert Hall in Bilkent – Ankara, Turkey is SOLD OUT.
CHABRIER España, Rhapsody for Orchestra
LALO Concerto for Violoncello in D minor
Andreas Brantelid, Violoncello
TURINA Danzas fantásticas
BIZET Carmen Suite No.1
The dynamic, Texas-based River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) announced today that American-Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen has been appointed the organization's first ever Artistic Partner beginning in 2019-2020, the orchestra's 15th season. She will conduct the season opener on September 27 and 28, 2019 .
As Artistic Partner, Ms. Chen will lead a performance each season of the 40-piece chamber orchestra's In Concert series and will work closely as a creative and thought partner in collaboration with Founder and Artistic Director Alecia Lawyer.
Ms. Lawyer stated, "Since ROCO is all about relationships, there is nothing that compares to finding kismet with a conductor who is an artistic innovator, willing to take risks and explore new territory in our fantastic musical field."
Ms. Chen said, "ROCO is a unique ensemble, one-of-a-kind - its friendly and collaborative atmosphere makes the high-level music making the most joyful experience for all involved. I am honored to be the first Artistic Partner and very much look forward to being part of ROCO officially!"
"March 18, 2019. One older and five new orchestral works by women composers comprise Project W, our Classical Album of the Week. Recently released by Cedille Records, Project W is performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta, under the direction of its music director, Mei-Ann Chen."
Artistic Director Mathis Huber of Austria's recreation-GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ announced today following this evening’s concert performance that American-Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the 17-year-old orchestra. The appointment extends through the 2021-22 season, beginning September 2019. “I am delighted that the great personal and artistic relationship that has developed in the collaboration between Mei-Ann Chen and the recreation-GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ musicians since 2011 is now expressed in the fact that Mei-Ann Chen will act as the ‘Principal Guest Conductor’ of our orchestra for the seasons 2019/20 to 2021/22,”stated Mr. Huber. “She will design at least two projects per season for and with recreation, and she will develop one of her artistic focus areas together with us, discovering and presenting the orchestral works of important female composers of the past and the present. This project is in good hands with an orchestra that has also committed itself to generate gender equality at the conductor's stand.”
"... the San Francisco Symphony rang in the Year of the Pig on time and with a lively Chinese New Year Celebration event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The annual gala featured a rousing slate of concert performances led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, followed by a glitzy post-show dinner banquet."