Heavenly Harp and Mendelssohn’s “Italian”

Concert Information

Performance dates
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Jennifer Swartz, harp
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Nikolai Korndorf: The Smile of Maud Lewis
Reinhold Glière: Concerto for Harp
Handel: Andante allegro, from Concerto for Harp
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

The harp is one of the world’s oldest and most iconic instruments, beloved for its majestic, expressive, unmistakable sound. And Glière’s Harp Concerto is a lilting, romantic masterpiece, and perhaps one of the most beautiful showcases for harp ever written. Don’t miss Symphony Nova Scotia and virtuoso harpist Jennifer Swartz in a rare Halifax performance of this delightful work. Plus, hear even more harp highlights with the first movement of Handel’s cheerful, graceful Harp Concerto, performed alongside Mendelssohn’s evocative, energetic “Italian” Symphony.

About the Artists

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

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. Appointed Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta in 2011, Chen’s contract has been extended through the 2020/21 season. She also serves as Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival, a post she has held since 2016. Highly regarded as a compelling communicator and an innovative leader both on and off the podium and a sought-after guest conductor, she continues to expand her relationships with orchestras worldwide.

North American guesting credits include appearances with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Nashville, Oregon, Pacific, River Oaks Chamber, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver, to name a few. Overseas guesting credits include the symphonies of BBC Scottish, Denmark’s National, Aalborg, Aarhus, and Odense, Sweden’s Gävle, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Malmö, and Norrköping, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Norwegian Radio and Trondheim Symphony, Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, Austria’s Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz, Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and Taiwan Philharmonic, National Taiwan & Taipei Symphony Orchestras. Her U.S. summer music festival credits include Aspen, Grant Park, Grand Teton, Ravinia, Texas, and Wintergreen.

Summer 2018 highlights included Switzerland’s Sinfonieorchester Basel, Vienna’s Tonkünstler-Orchester at Grafenegg Festival, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra’s debut U.S. Tour, including its debut as the first Taiwanese orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Her 2018/19 season engagements include debuts and return engagements with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Gala program with Lang Lang), San Francisco Symphony, multiple programs with Austria’s Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz and Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Denmark’s Copenhagen Philharmonic seven-city tour, Norway’s Oslo Philharmonic, Turkey’s Bilkent Senfoni Orkestrasi, Canada’s Symphony Nova Scotia and Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, River Oaks Chamber, Asheville, and Knoxville symphonies.

Recognized as someone who has redefined the orchestra experience, Chen’s honours and awards include being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers; a 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras; Winner, the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship; and First Prize Winner of Copenhagen’s 2005 Malko Competition. Chen also holds the title of Conductor Laureate of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

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