October 1, 2012
Americas Society / 680 Park Avenue NYC
On the Program
Vivian Fung: Birdsong
A New York premiere for solo violin and piano.
Interactive Media Discussion
Ms. Fung discusses the creation of the album and the stylistic origins of her composition process.
Selections from Dreamscapes
Live performances by album soloists violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Conor Hanick. Major support for Dreamscapes and Violin Concerto was generously provided by Paul and Elizabeth DeRosa.
Album producer Tim Martyn, composer Vivian Fung, and Metropolis Ensemble artistic director / conductor Andrew Cyr.
Exclusive Wine Reception
Metropolis Ensemble members and patrons and America Society members are invited to join immediately following the concert.
About the Concert
Dreamscapes is a world premiere recording of three works by Edmonton-born composer Vivian Fung released on Naxos. The recording features Ms. Fung's acclaimed Violin Concerto (2011) and Piano Concerto Dreamscapes (2009), performed by Metropolis Ensemble with conductor Andrew Cyr, violinist Kristin Lee, and pianist Conor Hanick; and her Glimpses for prepared piano (2006), performed by Mr. Hanick. All three of the works on the new recording have drawn their inspiration from Ms. Fung's travels to Bali.
The concertos, both commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble, were recorded at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and produced by two-time Grammy winner Tim Martyn.
Cover art courtesy of Jiha Moon: Skyscape (ink and acrylic on HanJi, 25" x 40", 2006).
About the Album
This event will also serve as a celebration of the launch of Naxos' new Canadian Classics series, modeled on Naxos American Classics, the highly acclaimed series featuring music by American composers. Naxos Canadian Classics will release 6 to 8 new CDs per year, with composers from across Canada and covering the major areas of classical music: orchestra, large ensemble, vocal, chamber, and solo instrumental music. In launching this new series, Naxos founder Klaus Heymann said: "I am pleased to announce the launch of Naxos Canadian Classics. Naxos has been recording outstanding Canadian musicians for many years. With this series we can now pay attention to Canada's fine composers as well." Dreamscapes will be the third release on this series.
Since 1987, Naxos has redefined how classical music is presented and marketed. Innovative strategies of recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled the label to develop one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere--currently over 2500 titles--with state-of-the-art sound and consumer-friendly prices.