Our February concert features the magnificent sounds of brass instruments. Made famous by cartoons and television shows, Gioachino Rossini‘s William Tell Overture is one of the composer’s most popular pieces on the concert stage. Lauded as “One of today’s most eclectic composers” (NPR), Vivian Fung wrote her trumpet concerto for the virtuosic trumpeter, Mary Elizabeth Bowden that “stretches the imagination of what is possible for the instrument.” The concert concludes with the lush and picturesque Third Symphony “Rhenish” by Robert Schumann.
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture
Vivian Fung: Trumpet Concerto
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”
Classical Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has built a rapidly ascendant career as a soloist, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and the clarity, purity, and power of her sound. A Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner, Opus Klassik Nominee, and Yamaha Performing Artist, she has also worked to establish a new repertoire for the trumpet through creative, collaborative commissioning projects and award-winning albums.
Her 2022-23 season includes additional performances of the Fung Concerto with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra, and San Diego State University Orchestra. Mexican composer Gina Enríquez Morán has been engaged to write a concerto for Mary to be premiered by the World and European Brass Association. She is slated to perform Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s American Concerto with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2023. She will also make her debut in Turkey performing with the Izmir State Symphonic Orchestra. Mary will also embark on a five-week tour with the Kassia Ensemble, performing a program of trumpet and string quartet arrangements featuring both core classical and contemporary works.
For more info, please visit https://www.maryelizabethbowden.com/.
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 recent and upcoming performances include world premieres for Edmonton Opera, Tangram Collective, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble for These Times, trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, American String Quartet, and many more. Passionate about fostering the talent of the next generation, Fung has mentored young composers in programs at the American Composers Forum, San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, San José Youth Chamber Orchestra, and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung received her doctorate from The Juilliard School. She currently lives in California and is on the faculty of Santa Clara University.
Learn more at www.vivianfung.ca.
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