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Odeon Chamber Orchestra Performs work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi

Posted January 31, 2019


Bay Chamber Concerts, in partnership with the Camden Conference, is hosting a concert by the Odeon Chamber Orchestra at Union Hall in Rockport on February 26 at 6:30 pm. 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, Dr. Chen Yi 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, and UMKC Kauffman Award in Faculty Service (2012) and was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005.

Based on the first movement of Chen Yi’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 (directed by Barbara Day Turner), and premiered on January 22, 1995 om San Jose, California. The work is dedicated to Prof. Wu Zu-qiang, Chen Yi’s composition teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. SHUO may be performed by string orchestra or string quartet.

This performance is presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School in collaboration with the Camden Conference at Union Hall in Rockport and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference –Is This China’s Century?, February 22-24, 2019.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.