2022-2023 Mainstage Series
The PSO’s final mainstage performance of the season features two powerfully evocative works: Vivian Fung’s Dust Devils and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Dust Devils captures the journey of emotional swirls in the mind—both calm and full of raw intense energy. Enigma Variations tours us through the personal landscape of Elgar’s life with a selection of musical characterizations of the people who were closest to him.
The concert will also include a performance by Roxane Park, the 2023 Young Artist Competition winner, who will play the third movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, op. 18.
About Vivian Fung
JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background. NPR calls her “one of today’s most eclectic composers.”
Highlights of upcoming performances include the premiere of Vivian Fung’s fifth String Quartet by Canada’s Lafayette String Quartet and a new piece for Houston’s ROCO; international performances of her pandemic elegy, Prayer;and the European premieres of A Child’s Dream of Toys and Baroque Melting. Mary Elizabeth Bowden tours her Trumpet Concerto, and Fung is 2023 Composer-in-Residence at Alba Music Festival Composition Program in Italy.
She is at work on new projects with librettist Royce Vavrek, Network for New Music, Ensemble for These Times, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Society. An album of Fung’s first four string quartets by the Jasper Quartet will be released on Sono Luminus in 2023, and Elizabeth Bowden has recorded her Trumpet Concerto for future release on Çedille Records.
Born in Canada, Fung received her doctorate from The Juilliard School and currently lives in California. Learn more at www.vivianfung.ca.