Organ Recital: Chelsea Chen
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church
3601 Seminary Avenue Richmond, VA 23227
This recital is sponsored by Stephen E. Henley.
Organist and composer Chelsea Chen (b. 1983) is internationally renowned for her concerts of “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur,” and a compositional style that is “charming” and “irresistible” (Los Angeles Times).
Chelsea Chen 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. She has additionally performed under the baton of eminent conductors such as Jahja Ling, JoAnn Falletta, and Victor Yampolsky. 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).
Robert Noehren Organ, 1964
Rebuilt and Enlarged 2012 by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders
The original organ was built and installed in 1964 by Robert Noehren and was renovated and enlarged by the Parsons Organ Company in 2012. A beautiful new console, a steady air supply, modern wiring and electronic controls, even voicing, and four new ranks of pipes have made the very best of Noehren’s work, creating an instrument that is versatile, musical, and reliable.