Der Zauberer

Mei-Ann Chen dirigiert
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Principal Conductor Mei-Ann Chen


Mei-Ann Chen dirigiert Mei-Ann Chen waves her magic wand to the sounds of Schubert, John Williams and Paul Dukas and is herself enchanted by Shaghayegh Shahrabi Shaghayegh Shahrabi on the oboe.



Performing music is like performing magic when Mei-Ann Chen waves her magic wand. John Williams created cult music for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with his magical orchestral colours. The soundtrack of the film lures old and young into the Stefaniensaal for an evening of magic: there is Schubert’s magic harp, Dukas’s reckless sorceror’s apprentice and a magical oboe concerto. An invitation to brandish your magic wand and cry “Expecto Patronum”.


Franz Schubert: Overture from "Die Zauberharfe"
Paul Dukas: Der Zauberlehrling
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Oboe concert
John Williams: Harry-Potter-Suite "The Sorcerer’s Stone"


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Shaghayegh Shahrabi


Born in Iran, the young oboist moved to Germany at the age of 18 for her studies, where she discovered her love of New and Baroque music.

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.