One concert with three exotic stories told through music. In the first chapter, immerse yourself in a whirlwind of melodies representing rural Chinese culture. Turn the page and plunge into an exciting rendezvous with Ravel's Piano Concerto. Jean-Philippe Collard is the premier interpreter of French piano music. You'll be captivated by Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, a symphonic poem steeped in wild tales and thrilling turns.
|Date||Thursday, March 6, 2014|
|Time||Coffee and refreshments at 10:00 am
Classical Conversation at 10:30 am
|Host||Jonathan Spivey, principal keyboard|
|Guest||Mei-Ann Chen, conductor|
|Price||$10 at the door|
Enjoy a one hour preview of this Masterworks concertbrought to you by the Sarasota Orchestra Association. It is an informative and enjoyable opportunity for any classical music lover to learn more about music and to heighten appreciation of the program pieces. The preview features Jonathan Spivey, principal keyboard, leading a musically illustrated discussion,and includes an appearance by Mei-Ann Chen.
Click for Program Notes and to listen to a short excerpt.
||Saibei Dance from Saibei Suite No. 2, Op. 21, No. 5|
||Jean-Philippe Collard, piano||
Piano Concerto in G Major
||Scheherazade, Op. 35
Chen is energetic as well as smoothly agile... She urged, probed and inspired from first to last. Orange County Register
One of the most dynamic young conductors in America, Mei-Ann Chen is currently in her third year as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She is also beginning her second season as Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta. During this time, the impact of her energy, enthusiasm and high level of music-making has been felt by both of these orchestras, their audiences and entire communities, as well. The League of American Orchestras recognized this fact by choosing her for the prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award at their 2012 national conference in Dallas.
Among Ms. Chen’s upcoming highlights are debuts on the Chicago Symphony subscription series, the San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Celebration, North Carolina Symphony, San Diego Symphony, São Paulo Symphony in Brazil and the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland. Among last season’s debuts were the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Aspen Music Festival, the symphonies of Jacksonville, Naples and Sarasota, as well as the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
In great demand as a guest conductor, Mei-Ann Chen recently stepped in on short notice for her very well-received subscription concert debut with the Cincinnati Symphony. She has been engaged by the Cincinnati Symphony for this season as well. Ms. Chen has also appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic and the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton (Canada), Florida, Fort Worth, Nashville, National (Washington, DC), Oregon, Pacific, Pasadena, Phoenix, Seattle and Toronto. Worldwide engagements include all the principal Danish orchestras, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Graz Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Norrlands Opera Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony. Festival appearances include Grand Teton, Wintergreen, Chautauqua Institute and the Texas Music Festival in Houston.
The first woman to win the Malko Competition (2005), Ms. Chen has served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta, Baltimore and Oregon symphonies. The positions in Atlanta and Baltimore were sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra.
In 2002, Ms. Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and the model for many of the youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was honored with a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.
Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the United States since 1989. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Kenneth Kiesler. Prior to that, she was the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees, simultaneously, in both violin and conducting. Ms. Chen also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. and the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.
In the wonderful performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G... [Collard] showed that few can rival him in this repertoire. Chicago Classical Review
Although pianist Jean-Philippe Collard's name is as French as his birthplace, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne, his repertoire knows no geographical boundaries.
In addition to his complete mastery of French concerto literature, his interpretations of works by Bartok, Brahms, Gershwin, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky have met with great acclaim.
Born into a musical family, Mr. Collard was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at an exceptionally young age. At sixteen he was unanimously awarded the Conservatory's First Prize, and subsequently he has won many others, including the Grand Prix du Concours National des Artistes Soloists, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Gabriel Faure, Prix du Concours International Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud, and Grand Prix du Concours International Cziffra.
In addition to recitals throughout worldwide, Jean-Philippe Collard has appeared as soloist with the world's greatest orchestras, including the Zurich Tonhalle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon; London's Philharmonia Orchestra; the Orchestra of St. Luke's; the New York, BBC, Royal, Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; and the BBC, San Francisco, London, Vienna, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, and Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestras.
He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Marek Janowski, Eugen Jochum, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Simon Rattle and Charles Dutoit. He has also performed at the London Proms Concerts, and the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bad Kissingen, Salzburg, Bath, Caramoor, Newport, and Saratoga Festivals. His recitals are eagerly-awaited events all over the world.
A prolific recording artist with more than thirty titles to his credit, Jean-Philippe Collard's discography includes the Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Brahms Hungarian Dances (with pianist Michel Beroff), both named Stereo Review's Record of the Year in their respective years; the Ravel Concerti with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de France, cited by Gramophone Magazine as Best Concerto Recording; and the Chausson Concert, Op. 21 (with Augustin Dumay and the Muir String Quartet).
He has recorded all five Saint-Saëns Piano Concerti with Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the first recordings of Mozart's arrangements of the six French melodies with baritone Jose van Dam. Other recordings include a disc of Chopin Ballades and the Sonata No. 3, and a Liszt recital disc including the B minor Sonata.
Jean-Philippe Collard was named Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in January, 2003.
Jean-Philippe Collard lives in Paris with his wife and five children.
|Beatrice Friedman||65th Season Title Sponsor|
|Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation||Masterworks Season Title Sponsor|
|Anonymous||Mei-Ann Chen Conductor Sponsor|
|Fred & Gilda Nobel||
|Harry & Harriet Bernbaum||Jean-Philippe Collard Soloist Sponsors|