“The enthusiasm spills from Adrian Fung,” writes Robert Harris in Saturday’s (1/21) Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada). “Fung is an award-winning musician, the founding cellist of Toronto’s Afiara Quartet [and] vice-president of innovation for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra…. Fung has spent the past year or so putting together the details of [Canada Mosaic], a complicated national partnership that involves 40 different orchestras [and] upwards of 60 new commissions…. The first concert in the Canada Mosaic project takes place Saturday…. The concert will begin with a two-minute opening fanfare by [conductor Alain] Trudel—one of 40 … that Fung and the Canada Mosaic team have commissioned across the country [including] a triple concerto … from famed Canadian composer Alexina Louie to feature the concertmasters of the TSO, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra. The world premiere … will be in September in Toronto…. And around the TSO’s annual New Creations Festival this spring, there will be new works by Owen Pallett, Tanya Tagaq, Nicole Lizée, Cassandra Miller and Jordan Pal…. There are educational components to Canada Mosaic as well, including new uses of technology to allow listeners to … observe an orchestra from many different viewing angles of their choice.”

Posted January 23, 2017