SFCM Orchestra with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen
Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, SFCM welcomes Opus 3 Artist and Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta Mei-Ann Chen as guest conductor. The concert opens with Beethoven’s tribute to the Shakespearean story of a lonely man rebelling against the system. SFCM Piano Concerto Competition winner Parker Van Ostrand showcases his virtuosity in Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto. Chin’s short but explosive work is a tribute to Beethoven and even evokes his Coriolan Overture, and Schumann’s fourth symphony closes the concert with an intense and radical approach to the romantic form.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Unsuk Chin: Subito Con Forza
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Chih-Yao Chang, assistant conductor
Parker van Ostrand, piano
About the SFCM Orchestra
As a member of the SFCM Orchestra, you’ll experience firsthand the advantages of playing in a large ensemble. You’ll also get a complete overview of orchestral repertoire, and that begins with examining both masterworks and lesser-known pieces of every era. The symphony orchestra has a large repertoire, and each stylistic period deserves attention. Do you take to the classical period works of Mozart and Haydn? The grand romantic works of Brahms and Tchaikovsky? How about the 20th-century masterpieces by Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten? Add to that more recent works by such luminaries as John Adams and Joan Tower, and collaborations with Opera Theatre, and you’re on your way to becoming the well-rounded, informed musician the performing world expects.
The SFCM Orchestra presents several performances a year that prominently feature student soloists. Participation also includes public orchestral workshops with distinguished guest conductors. Recent guests have included Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Nicola Luisotti, and Peter Oundjian.
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