Vivian Fung World Premiere

March 22, 2018

The National Arts Centre Orchestra and Alexander Shelley tonight and tomorrow premiere Canadian composer Vivian Fung‘s new work “Earworms”, taking it to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall at the weekend. The piece, an NAC commission, plays with memorable melodies and motifs that have plagued the composer.

Fung herself commented:

Earworms features snippets of some of the best, most insistent, and most annoying of these tunes and combines them into a playful and quirky arrangement. These include phrases from Ravel’s La Valse and my son’s favourite, Wheels on the Bus, to which he has listened every day ad nauseam for the past six months.”

Shelley and the orchestra will be joined by pianist Boris Giltburg for Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Giltburg’s 2017 recording of the concerto won rave reviews for its “dashing virtuosity” and “reckless, to-hell-with-it abandon.” Shelley and Giltburg most recently collaborated last year, performing Prokofiev with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of Shelley’s “Symphonic Soundscapes” series art Cadogan Hall.

The programme concludes with Brahms’s 2nd Symphony, marking the beginning of a cycle of Brahms and Schumann symphony recordings that Shelley and the NAC Orchestra will be making over the coming seasons in collaboration with Analekta Records.

Details of the Toronto concert can be found on the Toronto Symphony website.