Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen

Friday, January 26, 2018
Doors 6:15pm, Pre-Concert Discussion 6:30pm, Concert 7:30pm
Amaral Center at the Fairgrounds
Tickets: $10/Student, $35/Top Tier, $55/Front Tier, $75/Table Seating

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

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Join us for a Pre-Concert Discussion with Pete Nowlen, MIM Artistic Director
6:30pm in the Lobby at the Amaral Center
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Images and Relationships behind Mussorgsky’s greatest work, and a roadmap for greater understanding.

Innovation, imagination, passion and dynamism are the hallmarks of conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Music Director of the 2016 MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, and Artistic Director and Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016, she is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In December 2015, Musical America, the bible of the performing arts industry, named Mei-Ann Chen one of its 2015 Top 30 Influencers (people, described by editor Susan Elliot as “…folks about whom you could say ‘When they speak, we listen.'”). A sought- after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

Among her guest engagements in the 2016-2017 season are debuts and returns to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Sweden’s Malmo SymfoniOrkester, Austria’s Orchester Graz, Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, as well as both theNational Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan (Taipei) and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Taichung).

Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, Andrew von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire — Bartok, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky — with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill.