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Vivian Fung to perform in New York City, Nov 9

Vivian Fung

Vivian Fung's evocative new work Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories makes it's debut with the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center in the Rose Studio (NYC) at 6:30PM EST and again at 9PM EST on November 9th.

The 9PM performance will be streamed live, so tune in if you can't attend!


From Vivian Fung...

"Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories is inspired both by the music of minority groups in Southwest China and by my travels to that region in 2012. My memories of the trip are simultaneously vivid and scattered - we heard many different groups and stayed with local families and farmers, taking in many new sounds, sights, and experiences, and at times it was a bit overwhelming. This quintet uses the sounds I heard as a departure for my own original music, with paraphrases here and there from different sources. Overall, the music is quite intense and evocative and especially features the clarinet in a virtuosic way. At the very end, I request that a recording of an Yi minority folk singer singing 'Wuyin Mountain Song' be played as a paean to this extraordinary and little known music."

This new work began with a collaboration between CMS clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois and the Daedalus Quartet.

From Romie de Guise-Langlois...

"This piece came about because of the first CMS collaboration that the Daedalus String Quartet and I did in January 2013 when we played James MacMillan’s moving clarinet quintet ‘Tuireadh’. We enjoyed working together so much, we thought that it would be a great idea to work on a project together. [We were] introduced [to] Vivian Fung and her music, which I found beautiful, and she seemed like the perfect person for our project."

In addition to Vivian’s piece, the concert on November 9th features works by Anna Weesner, Shulamit Ran, and Missy Mazzoli. All of these composers have unique voices and different backgrounds. Come be the first to hear "Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories” November 9th and learn more about the inspiration of these other fantastic composers.