In 2014 she became Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She splits her time between Florida and New York, where she is also Artist-in-Residence at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.
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Tues., Feb. 19, 2019
Ola Gjeilo: Sinfonietta
Chen: Taiwanese Suite
Holst: Selections from The Planets
Grieg: First Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46
Ad Wammes: Miroir
Saint-Saëns: Finale from “Organ” Symphony No. 3
Chelsea Chen, Organ
Organist and composer Chelsea Chen will delight audiences with her program filled with transcriptions, including movements from The Planets by Holst and the last movement of Saint-Saëns’ famous Organ Symphony, as she makes her Overture Hall debut. Known internationally as both a tremendous performer and composer, Chelsea will surely endear herself to our audience and will bring her own flair and style to the Mighty Klais. – Greg Zelek
About Chelsea Chen
Organist and composer Chelsea Chen (b. 1983) has electrified audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia in venues such as Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Kishinev’s National Organ Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As a composer she is broadening the classical organ repertoire with her own works based on Asian folksongs.
Ms. Chen has soloed with orchestras throughout the world including the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, the Jakarta Simfonia in Indonesia, and the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Committed to new music, she has premiered works by composers throughout the world including Ola Gjeilo (Norway/USA), Yui Kitamura (Japan/USA), Paul Desenne (Venezuela), Roderick Gorby (USA), and Andreas Kleinert (Germany).
Ms. Chen has received acclaim as a composer since she premiered her own “Taiwanese Suite” (2003) and “Taiwan Tableaux” (2007) at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego. Her oeuvre of solo and chamber music pieces have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australia. “Jasmine Fantasy” (for violin, organ, and strings), has been performed by orchestras in the United States, China, and Indonesia. Ms. Chen’s works have been repeatedly featured at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists.
– Los Angeles Times
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