Dora Pejačević -- another composer whose time has come?

With two upcoming performances of music by Dora Pejačević taking place in the next few weeks, we wonder if this remarkable but little-known composer, who was writing powerful orchestral works a century ago, is finally ready for rediscovery.  [Wondering how to pronounce Pejačević?] A recipient of our Performance Grant, the Willamette Falls Symphony, will be performing Pejačević’s brilliant Overture for Large Orchestra in d-minor, Op.49, this Sunday Feb. 18.   Performances in the US of Pejačević’s music are rare in the US, but Youtube offers the opportunity to hear the brash, colorful Overture, recorded in the composer’s homeland, Croatia, and also in Japan.…

Works by Women this Weekend

There’s something for everyone with this weekend’s range of concerts happening across the country!   In Chicago the Chicago Sinfonietta offers a concert called More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists and Classical Music on March 25 & 27.  The program will include Jennifer Higdon’s Peachtree Street.  The concert will also feature guest conductor Michael Morgan and Guest Artist Sara Davis Buchner.  Learn more about each of the composers included on the program, and sample some of the music that will be heard, here.  Tickets and more information on the ensemble is  available here.   In New York City the American Composers Orchestra will offer…

Music by Florence Price Featured by the Chicago Symphony and Others: A Conversation with Conductor Mei-Ann Chen

Mei-Ann Chen is Music Director of the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta.  Earlier this year she guest-conducted with the San Diego Symphony, and on May 9 she made her subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony.  This is four orchestras and their audiences to whom she has introduced the music of Florence Price. A few weeks ago she was kind enough to take a few moments from her busy schedule and talk with me about how this all came about. Liane Curtis:  I just recently discovered what you are doing when I saw they were going to play the “Mississippi…

Making Waves with the Mississippi River Suite: Mei Ann Chen Brings Florence Price's Music to Chicago Symphony

Acclaimed conductor Mei-Ann Chen is just completing her first year as Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta.  And Thursday she made her debut as a guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s subscription series.  She made quite a  “splash” with Florence Price’s Mississippi River Suite—the press has been filled with praise for the inspired leadership she brings to this work. The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein enthuses that “Chen clearly believes in the musical merits of ‘Mississippi River,’ and she succeeded in transferring her admiration to the orchestra”—and the audiences as well!  Dating from 1934, ” the suite is attractive, tuneful, nostalgic, cannily scored, direct…