News
  May-18-2021

Taiwanese American conductor Mei-Ann Chen officially takes on the post of principal conductor of recreation - Grosses Orchester Graz at Styriarte beginning this fall, making her the first female Asian conductor to serve as chief conductor of the ensemble. She is also one of the first female Asian conductors to hold such a position with an Austrian orchestra.

  May-5-2021

Nationally syndicated PerformanceToday will feature Gabriel Faure's Masques et bergamasques, Op. 12, from the September 26, 2020 River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) concert on today's program. Performed and recorded at Houston's Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, and led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, first-ever Artistic Partner of ROCO, the performance airs in the second hour of the program.

 

  Apr-30-2021

Mei-Ann Chen featured in cover interview in Mannheimer Morgen (subscriber paywall)

  Apr-22-2021

Mei-Ann Chen leads the Musikalische Adademie des Nationaltheater-Orchestesters Mannheim on  May 3rd in a streamed performance to replace the 3rd Academy Concert of 2020/21 live from the Mannheim Rose Garden!

Monday, 3 May; Tuesday, 4 May; Wednesday, 5 May
May 2021 12:00 A.M. - 23:59 P.M. German Time, Live from the Rosengarten Mannheim

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Tobias Feldmann, violin


SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony (arr. Rudolf Barschai) SCHUBERT Rondo for violin and string orchestra, D 438 BRAHMS Serenade No. 2 in A major op.16

Mar-26-2021

Conductors Mei-Ann Chen and David Alan Miller in a conductor's roundtable discussing working with living composers and championing for new music!

  Mar-18-2021

“We have three African American composers that we have championed. Two of them we have championed in the past and one is new,” she said. “With a young soloist that is a national rising star with a Chicago link — the daughter of one of our longtime members in the violin section. We didn’t want this great program we put together to disappear. We are grateful we’re able to present this at the end of this month.”

Feb-26-2021

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).

Feb-18-2021

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen speaks with Podium Time at 3:45 PM on Feb. 20th about conducting and more

  Feb-11-2021

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.

  Jan-27-2021

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

  Jan-18-2021

VIew the video on Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming March 28 MLK Tribute Concert!

Jan-14-2021

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.

  Dec-22-2020

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.

Dec-7-2020

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!

 

  Dec-7-2020

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”

  Oct-31-2020

"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."

  Oct-20-2020

New alliance for my management, Opus 3 Artists.

Read release on Opus 3 website.

  Oct-19-2020

"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."

Oct-12-2020

"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

Sep-23-2020

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

Sep-2-2020

Experience the Past, and Imagine the Future with Chicago Sinfonietta
Announcing the organization's first ever virtual gala - a celebration of defiantly different music

  Aug-23-2020

"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."

  Aug-20-2020

Mei-Ann Chen talks Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship and career

  Aug-10-2020

"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.

Aug-2-2020

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.

 

  Jun-23-2020

“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.”

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