Dr. Chen is a Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri– Kansas City Conservatory. She was elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2019. She has won numerous awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006.
This event is funded by the Kang Endowed Lectureship Series and co-sponsored through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Lorado Taft Lectureship on Art Fund through the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
The concert title stems from the ancient Chinese Wenren, artistic philosophers who believed in unifying all the senses via artistic expression. The concert is a multimedia exploration of Chen Yi’s repertoire via her fusion of traditional Chinese and modern Western practice.
The evening will explore the breadth of Dr. Chen’s music through performances by the Chamber Singers as well as instrumental soloists and chamber groups. The musicians will be joined by multimedia collaborator Yingman Tang (lighting designer), and the Department of Dance.