Memphis Symphony extends Chen’s contract three years

Posted on: February 21, 2012

In Sunday’s (2/19) Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), Jon W. Sparks writes, “Mei-Ann Chen, whose growing stature as a conductor is earning increased notice around the country, has agreed to stay on as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for an additional three years. The extension of her contract will keep her at the creative helm of the MSO through the 2015-2016 season. Chen was named to the post in 2010 and is presiding over the second season of her current three-season contract. When she won the post after an extended search for a replacement to retiring maestro David Loebel, she said, ‘My vision is to see the Memphis Symphony become one of the hottest cultural institutions in Memphis,’ adding that it had the potential to become one of the best orchestras in the country. In announcing the contract extension during Friday night’s MSO concert, she said that she wanted to continue that mission working with MSO president and CEO Ryan Fleur. … In the two years since her appointment, Chen, 38, has been named as music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta (through 2015) and has gotten numerous guest conducting engagements around the country. … But even as her exposure and reputation increase, she said the support she’s received for her vision of the MSO was a factor in renewing her contract here.”

Posted February 21, 2012