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Vancouver Symphony Premieres Vivian Fung's Flute Concerto STORM WITHIN


Performed by Principal Flutist Christie Reside.

Vancouver Symphony Premieres Vivian Fung's Flute Concerto STORM WITHIN

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, led by Tania Miller, performs the world premiere of JUNO-winning composer Vivian Fung's Flute Concerto "Storm Within," featuring VSO principal flutist Christie Reside as soloist, on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:30pm PT.

The live streamed performance, titled Sun and Storm, also includes Schubert's Fifth Symphony and is available on the VSO's virtual venue,, presented by TELUS.

Fung's Flute Concerto "Storm Within," co-commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony, is a work in one continuous movement written during the fall and winter of 2020, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging and California, where Fung currently resides, was in full lockdown. She says, "As I sat in my studio, powerful images and stories filtered in from the daily news - protests, violence, death, resistance, and conflict from the many events happening around the world. It was all a bit overwhelming, and I frequently found it difficult to process all the emotions that emerged from witnessing these events unfolding on the screen. In an effort to understand and come to terms with often unresolved sentiments swirling in my head, I decided to put them all into the concerto. I knew from the start that I did not want the flute concerto to focus on the many themes that have already been brilliantly portrayed by composers before me, subjects such as birdsong and pied piper tales. But although the concerto accordingly touches on an angrier - and perhaps a more emotive - side of my writing, it also has many moments of beauty and solace.

"The work starts and ends with lyrical and placid moments for both flute and orchestra, bookending a journey that is at times percussive and harsh, at times playful, and at times soaring with expressive lines for both flute and orchestral instruments. The concerto displays a mighty and highly virtuosic flute part, with a cadenza right before the final moments of the piece. The flute solo is laced with fast runs, glissandi, large leaps, and rhythmically charged lines. At times, the flutist is asked to speak as well as play, giving the instrument an additional percussive dimension. The writing is meant to test the limits of the flute, and I could not have asked for a better performer than Christie Reside, the principal flutist of the Vancouver Symphony, who also commissioned this work."

Program Details
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Presents Sun and Storm
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:30pm PT
Streamed Online
Tickets: Weekly, monthly, and annual subscriptions available on

Vivian Fung - Flute Concerto "Storm Within" [World Premiere]
Christie Reside, flute
Schubert - Symphony No. 5

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tania Miller, conductor

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." This is supported by many of her works, including Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories, a reflection on her travels to visit minority groups in China's Yunnan province; Earworms, commissioned by Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, which musically depicts our diverted attention spans and multi-tasking lives; and The Ice Is Talking for solo percussion and electronics, commissioned by the Banff Centre, using three ice blocks to illustrate the beauty and fragility of our environment.

Fung recently completed a new flute concerto, Storm Within, for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and principal flutist Christie Reside as well as two operatic scenes with librettist Royce Vavrek to be premiered by the Edmonton Opera as part of The Wild Rose Opera Project. She is currently at work on a new piano trio for the L'arc Trio in San Francisco, a new piece for the United Kingdom's Tangram Collective, a new string quartet for the Lafayette String Quartet, a new percussion solo work for Katie Rife, and a new solo trumpet piece for Mary Elizabeth Bowden. The Metropolis Ensemble commissioned Fung's (Un)Wandering Souls for Sandbox Percussion to premiere at the Bongsokol Festival in Cambodia in December 2020. In July 2020, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's brand new Virtual Orchestra gave the world premiere of Fung's Prayer, a unique work recorded in isolation for an online performance led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the COVID-19 pandemic. A creative collaboration between CBC Music and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Virtual Orchestra brought together 36 of Canada's finest classical musicians from 28 different orchestras from every province in Canada to record the piece. Nézet-Séguin led The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Prayer in September 2020 as part of the orchestra's revised digital fall season and again for frontline workers in May 2021.

Recent season highlights include the UK premiere of Birdsong, performed by violinist Midori at Kings Place in London; the world premiere of a new trumpet concerto with trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden and the Erie Philharmonic; performances of Dust Devils by The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Fanfare with the Florida Orchestra; Aqua by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under conductor James Gaffigan; Pizzicato with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya; a new orchestral work, A Child Dreams of Toys, commissioned by the 2019 Winnipeg New Music Festival; a new Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra, for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, which was toured throughout the Maritime provinces; and the world premiere of String Quartet No. 4 "Insects and Machines," commissioned by the Red Bank Chamber Music Society and performed by the American String Quartet. The Metropolis Ensemble commissioned Fung's Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto "Dreamscapes" and co-commissioned her Harp Concerto.

Fung has a deep interest in exploring cultures through travel and research. In early 2019, Fung traveled to Cambodia to connect with her roots and collect research for a new opera. She traveled to Southwest China in 2012 to study minority music and cultures, continuing research that previously inspired Yunnan Folk Songs (2011), commissioned by Fulcrum Point New Music in Chicago with support from the MAP Fund. As a composer whose trips often inspire her music, Fung has also explored diverse cultures in North Vietnam, Spain, and Indonesia. She toured Bali in 2004, 2008, and 2010, and competed in the Bali Arts Festival as an ensemble member and composer in Gamelan Dharma Swara.

Fung has received numerous awards and grants, including the 2015 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award for achievement in new music from the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), a Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts' Gregory Millard Fellowship, and grants from ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, American Symphony Orchestra League, American Composers Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and currently serves on the board of the American Composers Forum.

Many distinguished artists and ensembles around the world have embraced Fung's music as part of their core repertoire, including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San José Chamber Orchestra, American String Quartet, Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Metropolis Ensemble, Civitas Ensemble, and Jasper Quartet, to name a few. Fung's Glimpses for prepared piano has been championed by a diverse group of pianists, including Conor Hanick, Jenny Lin, Margaret Leng Tan, and Bryan Wagorn. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Peter Oundjian, Cristian Măcelaru, Mei-Ann Chen, James Gaffigan, Long Yu, Andrew Cyr, Rei Hotoda, Barbara Day Turner, Daniel Meyer, Edwin Outwater, Steven Schick, Gerard Schwarz, and Bramwell Tovey.

In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released a recording of Fung's Violin Concerto [No.1], Piano Concerto "Dreamscapes," and Glimpses. The Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Metropolis Ensemble, earned Fung the 2013 JUNO Award for "Classical Composition of the Year." Several of Fung's other works have also been released commercially on the Telarc, Çedille, Innova, and Signpost labels. Her Pot Roast a la RBG was featured on Çedille Records' CD Notorious RBG in Song about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her Birdsong was released as part of the Civitas Ensemble's Çedille album Jin Yin, which was named one of The Chicago Tribune's "most alluring classical recordings of 2020, so far."

Passionate about fostering the talent of the next generation, Vivian Fung started a new Creative Music workshop for members of the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra and has mentored young composers in programs at the London Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Forum, San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. She recently received an "Outstanding Career Influencer" Award from Santa Clara University, where she serves on the composition faculty.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung began her composition studies with composer Violet Archer and received her doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York, where her mentors included David Diamond and Robert Beaser. She currently lives in California with her husband Charles Boudreau, their son Julian, and their shiba inu Mulan. Learn more at

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