Chelsea will debut with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra on August 11 and 13 in Fish Creek, Wisconsin under the direction of maestro Victor Yampolsky. She will be performing the following repertoire with the orchestra:
Ferdinando Paer: Organ Concerto (conducted by Victor Yampolsky / August 11)
Rheinberger: Organ Concerto, No. 2, Op. 177, in g minor (conducted by Victor Yampolsky / August 11)
Elgar: Sospiri, Op. 70 (conducted by JoAnne Falletta / August 13)
Respighi: Pines of Rome (conducted by JoAnne Falletta / August 13)
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Listen to a replay of Chelsea's concert for WQXR's complete organ works of Bach on November 22, 2014 in NYC at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan. Twenty organists (both graduates and current students at Juilliard) performed in a series of back-to-back concerts from 7am to 1am. Paul Jacobs curated the event.
Chelsea Chen and Christoph Bull performed a "lavishly organ-intensive" transcription of Ravel's Bolero to a packed house at Disney Hall on November 23, 2014. The blockbuster celebration of "Hurricane Mama's" 10th birthday also featured Ken Cowan, Cherry Rhodes, Fred Swann, Carol Williams, Aaron David Miller, and Cameron Carpenter. Nationally-renowned radio host Michael Barone of Pipedreams was the master of ceremonies; organ curator Phil Smith and organ builders Manuel Rosales and Caspar von Glatter-Götz were honored for their work on the Disney Hall organ.
Check out photos from the concert in the gallery.
Listen to the complete concert on Pipedreams here.
Chelsea will perform a 75-minute all-Bach program hosted by WQXR at St. Peter's, 54th and Lexington, in Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 22nd @ 12pm.
The program: Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564Leipzig Chorales BWV 653, 654'Legrenzi' Fugue in C Minor, BWV 574
Kirnberger Chorales BWV 711, 712, 713
Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528
"O Mensch bewein", BWV 622
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Check out this page for the full Bachathon schedule. #bachstock #WQXR
Tickets can be purchased here.
A world-renowned organist and part-time Fort Lauderdale resident will give a free concert Sunday, Oct. 26, performing works by George Gershwin, French classics and an original composition based on Taiwanese folk songs.
Chelsea Chen, 30, began serving as artist-in-residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, while also having similar duties at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, her home base.
"There's a lot of that back and forth," says Chen, who stays with church friends when in Florida. "I'm lucky I have nice people down here."
While she says part of her job is caring for the massive 6,600-pipe organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, her concert Sunday will be held at First Presbyterian Church. She says she is flying down Thursday to get accustomed to their organ.
Chen was raised in San Diego and moved to New York at 17 to attend Juilliard just before Sept. 11, 2001.
"It affected everybody," she recalls. "You had to really dig deep in your soul and think about what you're doing and why you're doing it. In some ways, it girded up the arts community to say that beauty and music and art in general allows us to express our deepest emotions, whether they're painful or joyful."
Organ music isn't something people hear every day, and many people outside the organ world don't know what to expect from her concerts, Chen says.
"I guess people often associate organs with two things: the Dracula Halloween instrument or the baseball organ," she says. "For me, it can do much more. It can play pieces that are delicate, just like an orchestra, from very soft to extremely loud."
Chen says she likes to demonstrate the organ's range with her selections. Her setlist on Sunday will include Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," French composer Maurice Duruflé's "Prélude et fugue sur le nom...