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The Side-by-Side Concert is an extraordinary opportunity for young instrumentalists (grades 7-12) to perform alongside the New World Symphony Fellows. The students share the New World Center’s stage and develop musical relationships with the Fellows as they rehearse and perform music of the highest caliber.
Three Dances for Orchestra (1941)
I. Dansa brasileira
Danzón cubano (1942)
Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16 (1868)
I. Allegro molto moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1804-08)
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Photo by Kristin Hoebermann
Innovation, imagination, passion and dynamism are the hallmarks of Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, Ms. Chen is Austria's Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz Chief Conductor, a post she was named to in fall 2021 after two seasons as the orchestra's first-ever Principal Guest Conductor (making her the first female Asian conductor to hold this position with an Austrian orchestra). Ms. Chen also has served as Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival 2016 - 2021 and as the first-ever Artistic Partner of Houston’s ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra). A sought-after guest conductor acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, high-level music-making and galvanizing audiences and communities alike, Ms. Chen is known as a compelling communicator. She has appeared with distinguished orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, and continues to expand her relationships with orchestras worldwide (over 110 orchestras to date). Recent highlights include debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Austria's Tonkünstler in Vienna's Musikverein and engagements with Finland's Helsinki Philahrmonic, Ireland's Ulster Orchestra, Sweden's Norrlandsosper, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Taiwan Philharmonic. Ms. Chen also served on the jury for the prestigious Malko Competition in 2021. Honors and awards include being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers; 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras; winner, 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship founded by Marin Alsop; 2005 First Prize Winner of the Malko Competition (first woman to win in the history of the competition) and ASCAP awards for innovative programming.
Lilli Theisen, piano
Lilli Theisen is an eleventh-grade student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, majoring in piano. She started studying piano at the age of six at the Conservatory of Turku, Finland. Since 2017 she has studied with Dr. Irena Kofman and currently studies with Dr. Luca Cubisino at the Frost Advanced Piano Program at the University of Miami. She has also received guidance from internationally acclaimed concert pianists Mackenzie Melemed and Paavali Jumppanen.
Ms. Theisen has taken part in several master classes both in the U.S. and Europe. She has successfully participated in local and international piano competitions, most recently placing first in both the Side-by-Side Concerto Competition at the New World Symphony and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concerto Competition in 2022. She was also a prizewinner in the Frost International Young Artist Competition (2021) and the International Northern Lights Piano Festival (2021).
Ms. Theisen is actively involved with local organizations including the Finlandia Foundation Florida Chapter, performing at annual events with both solo music and ensembles. After high school, she would like to continue her music studies in either the U.S. or Europe.
Chad Goodman, conductor
Photo by Jiyang Chen
With a flair for inventive programming and a bold presence on stage and in the community, Chad Goodman has been praised for "bringing innovation to classical music" (Forbes).
As the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, Mr. Goodman conducts on subscription, education, family and holiday programs. His program, “SPARK: How Composers Find Inspiration,” blended captivating light design and videography with engaging audience participation to explore how a composition is created and brought to life by an orchestra.
Since 2018 Mr. Goodman has served as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Simone Young and James Gaffigan among others.
As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Mr. Goodman’s ambitious vision for concert programming resulted in the pairing of music from Bay Area composers with underappreciated gems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under his leadership, Elevate Ensemble established a Composer-in-Residence program and commissioned fifteen works from Bay Area composers. Elevate collaborated with photographers, videographers, poets and culinary artists, bringing new music and vibrant multi-genre experiences to unique venues such as yoga studios, historic Victorian homes and art studio warehouses.
Mr. Goodman has previously served as Conducting Fellow of Festival Napa Valley, Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Conducting Fellow of the Atlantic Music Festival, and a rehearsal and cover conductor for the San Francisco Ballet.
In addition to his performing career, he teaches young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”
Mr. Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala and Martin Seggelke.
2022 Side-by-Side Musicians
Isabel Diaz, concertmaster
* Jonathan Entenza
Silvia Elena Hernandez
* 2022 Side-by-Side Concerto Runner-Up and 2020 Concerto Competition Winner