NOI Philharmonic: Mei-Ann Chen Conducts Debussy & Bartók

NOI Philharmonic: Mei-Ann Chen Conducts Debussy & Bartók

Saturday, June 22, 2024 • 7:30PM
Special Announcement: 

The Purple Line and other construction projects are causing some road closures. The Clarice can easily be accessed from MD 193; if you plan to drive through campus, your route may be impacted.

Event Attributes

Presented By

Presented By: 

For more information regarding accessible accommodations, please click here.



Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, makes her NOI+F conducting debut for an evening of works rich with concept and complexity. We begin with the “sturm und drang” (storm and stress) of Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Anna Clyne's boisterous Restless Oceans, a natural lead-in to Claude Debussy's symphonic masterpiece La mer (The sea). One of the most influential and regularly performed works of the contemporary era, the frolicking sway and spontaneous tumult of La mer found its inspiration in French and Japanese visual art of the late 19th century and from the peaks and crashes of Debussy's own intensely stormy personal life. The second half begins with Outburst, an exuberant and declamatory introduction from composer Michael Abels that ushers in Bela Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. The 1943 Concerto was Bartók's final completed work and likely his best known. A still-audible openness to the influence of popular music and its resounding clarity of narrative have made the concerto a timeless point of access for orchestral newcomers.

Clyne: Restless Oceans
Debussy: La mer
Abels: Outburst
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra


The National Orchestral Institute + Festival is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Nicolae Bretan Music Foundation, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation.