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Redefining “Maestro”

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of Chicago Sinfonietta and guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony

Mei-Ann Chen, music director of Chicago Sinfonietta and guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony

Sunday at 1:00 PM

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Carlos Miguel Prieto

Maestro comes from the Italian masculine word for master, a term of respect for a teacher or master of an art. For a couple hundred years it’s applied to conductors without a hiccup because they’ve all been male. Maestros have long carried with them the stereotype of being European, aloof, and autocratic, too.

Sunday’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra radio broadcast (1:00 PM) features a duo of next generation maestri: Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Chicago Sinfonietta music director Mei-Ann Chen. Both artists aggressively pursue audiences outside the usual classical demographic: kids, Latinos and African Americans. They’ve brought with their musical expertise a greater approachability in their public personae.

Taiwanese born Mei-Ann Chen talks about African American, Chicago composer Florence Price Listen.

Prieto speaks about music and kids:

Sunday’s concert broadcast features music by Revueltas, Price, GrofĂ©, Ginastera, and Saint-Saens.

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