Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Lead CBC Virtual Orchestra in World Premiere of Vivian Fung’s ‘Prayer’

By David Salazar

The CBC Virtual Orchestra will release a world premiere performance of Vivian Fung’s “Prayer.”

The online recording, created in isolation with musicians from 28 different orchestras throughout Canada, will be led by Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Audiences will get a chance to experience the world premiere globally on July 1, 2020 via CBC Music.

“’Prayer’ is, in essence, an aberration, for under no other circumstance in the past (or probably in the future) have I worn my heart on my sleeve as transparently as I have with this piece,” Fung said in a press release. “In times of crisis and peril, we have but the reliance of faith – from the profound faith in humanity, faith in love, and faith that we will persevere and get through this with dignity, to the mundane faith that I would complete the piece within the extraordinary conditions that faced me, with a young child at home 24/7, a bronchial infection, and a very tight timeline (ultimately, a matter of days) to complete the piece in a manner feasible for COVID remote performance requirements.”

The recording includes musicians from such organizations as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Kingston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Newfoundland Symphony, Orchestre Metropolitain, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Trois Rivieres Symphony, Laval Symphony, and Symphony New Brunswick, among others.