Work by Chen in Union Hall

Odeon Chamber concert POSTPONED

Feb 01, 2019
Deidre McClure will conduct work by Chen Yi (inset) in a Camden Conference Community Event.

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts, in partnership with the Camden Conference, will host a concert by the Odeon Chamber Orchestra Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Union Hall, 24 Central St. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEB. 26, DUE TO IMPENDING SNOWSTORM

The evening's performance features a chamber work by Chinese composer Chen Yi, accompanied by a short video of the artist discussing her work with commentary by Odeon conductor Deidre McClure. Also on the program are works by Charles Ives and Edward Elgar. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception with the musicians.

As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Chen is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She is the Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, winning the UMKC Kauffman Award in Faculty Service in 2012; and was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005.

Based on the first movement of Chen’s 1982 string quartet, “SHUO” (Chinese meaning “initiate”, also represents the first day of year month in the lunar calendar) for string orchestra was commissioned by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 1995. The work is dedicated to Professor Wu Zu-qiang, Chen’s composition teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

This presentation is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd annual Camden Conference: Is This China’s Century?, set for Feb. 22 through 24. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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