Bilder einer Ausstellung

Bilder einer Ausstellung


With the power of music, Mei-Ann Chen dirigiert Mei-Ann Chen breathes life into Mussorgsky’s series of pictures and turns Botticelli’s best-known masterpieces into music.


Art, translated into sound

Mei-Ann Chen loves the “big works”: Ravel’s orchestral version of Mussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition as a monumental sound painting at Stefaniensaal. The programme is all about art conveyed through music. Respighi reproduced Botticelli’s three most beautiful paintings in orchestral music. The American composer Reena Esmail dedicated her piece Teen Murti to the statues of three Hindu deities at Nehru’s former residence in New Delhi.


Reena Esmail: Teen Murti 
Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano 
Modest Mussorgski/Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an exhibition   


20 minutes before the beginning of each performance, Intendant Mathis Huber will tell you the story of the evening.


Prices: EUR 79 / 66 / 52 / 37 / 23 
Discounts: U27 - 50% off for all younger than 27

Recreation - Das Orchester


Recreation is special in many ways: consisting of musicians whose nationalities range from Japan to Venezuela, most of the members received part of their training in Graz. After its formation in 2002, the collective played unique halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt and worked with outstanding conductors.

Mei-Ann Chen


Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the US since 1989 and holds a doctorate in music (conducting) and a master’s degree in violin performance. One of America’s most promising young conductors, she was the first woman to win the Malko International Conductors Competition and has been appointed chief conductor of Recreation Graz beginning fall 2021.