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Mei-Ann Chen: Award-Winning Taiwanese-American Conductor & Music Director

By World Music Foundation

Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In our conversation we follow her musical evolution from shy violin player in her birth country, Taiwan, to dynamic, trailblazing, internationally sought-after conductor. Mei-Ann also shares the inspirational interaction with Martin Luther King that inspired the creation of the MacArthur Award-winning, Chicago Sinfonietta, the nations most diverse orchestra, of which she is the principle conductor and music director.   Here's a link to every Musical Mention in this episode: 0:19 Mei-Ann Chen 0:29 The World Music Foundation 1:33 Western Classical 1:34 Conducting 3:17 Violin 3:18 Piano 3:58 Melody 4:00 Thais Meditation: by Jules Massenet 4:25 Orchestra 5:39 Helen Quach (Guō Mei Jen) 7:07 Solfege 7:10 Note Sight Reading 8:21 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra 9:56 Yo-Yo-Ma 11:08 Mozart 11:09 Brahmes 11:10 Beethoven 11:10 Tchaikovski 12:23 Taiwanese Folk 13:19 Minga 校園民歌 16:27 Pentatonic Scale 17:34 Impressionists 17:46 Claude Debussy 17:47 La Mer 18:02 Joseph Maurice Ravel 18:03 Mother Goose Suite 18:15 Giacomo Puccini 18:29 Mo Li Hua: The Jasmine Flower 18:33 Turandot 21:59 Vibrato 25:46 Antonin Dvorak 25:47 Symphony No. 9 in E minor (New World Symphony) 25:47 Carnegie Hall 26:15 Jazz 26:17 African Music 27:03 American Youth Orchestra 27:13 Benjamin Zander 27:44 Henryk Wieniawski 28:43 Music Score 28:44 Gustav Mahler 28:44 Mahler’s Symphony #5 29:19 Transposition 29:28 Soundcheck 29:40 Stand Partner 31:46 Notes 32:17 Music Teacher 32:28 Conductor 32:44 Assistant Conductor 32:49 Music Director 32:54 Guest Conductor 33:18 Memphis Symphony 33:28 Chicago Sinfonietta 33:41 Symphonic 34:35 Project W 34:55 Cidille Records 35:39 Project 19 36:34 Diwali Festival 37:04 Maestro Paul Freeman 37:55 Project Inclusion Freeman Fellowships 38:37 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 43:23 Concertino For Cell Phone And Orchestra 44:17 Conservatories 46:19 Pops 47:08 Beethoven’s “5th” 47:28 Felix Mendelssohn 47:28 The Hebrides Overture (aka Fingal’s Cave)” 50:51 Modest Mussorgsky 51:07 Jennifer Koh 51:13 Courtney Bryan 51:38 Maurice Ravel 53:29 Jennifer Higdon 53:34 Reena Esmail 53:34 Florence Price 54:04 Dora Pejacevic 58:19 Carmen 1:00:01 New York Philharmonic 1:02:19 Chicago Symphony 1:02:24 Florence Price 1:03:05  Yo-Yo Ma 1:03:08 Sheherazade 1:03:42 Harp Glissando 1:03:49 Eighth note 1:03:56 Principle harp 1:05:00 Berlin Philharmonic 1:05:04 Claudio Abbado 1:06:19 Intonation 1:06:38 Flat 1:06:54 Octave 1:06:56 Bassoon 1:06:58 Oboe 1:08:12 Maestro 1:09:09 Portland Youth Orchestra 1:09:35 Rite of spring 1:09:56 Beat 1:11:39 Percussion 1:11:40 Brass 1:12:54 Transition 1:12:55 Balance 1:13:08 Ensemble 1:16:40 Chicago Sinfonietta

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