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Bach, Fung & Stravinsky

(B)eyond Classics

Bach, Fung & Stravinsky

The WSO trumpet section is made up of some envious talent, and it’s with this in mind that we open this concert with Telemann’s Concerto for 3 trumpets and timpani featuring Chris Fensom, Paul Jeffrey and Isaac Pulford.

No stranger to WSO audiences, Canadian composer Vivian Fung offers her witty take on Baroque with Baroque Melting alongside Bach’s popular yet ambitious Chorale Prelude. Drawing inspiration from Haydn and other classical composers, Prokofiev weaves elements of the old and the new with his Classical Symphony. And we finish it all off with music from Stravinsky’s one-act ballet Pulcinella.


Daniel Raiskin


Chris Fensom


Paul Jeffrey


Isaac Pulford



Concerto for 3 Trumpets and Timpani

George Philipp Telemann

Chorale Prelude


Baroque Melting

Vivian Fung

Symphony No. 1 "Classical Symphony"


Pulcinella Suite


Get more acquainted

  • Trumpets are 3,500 years old! Trumpet-like instruments date back to at least 1500 BCE, with trumpets found in Tutankhamun’s burial chamber in Egypt. Artwork depictions of trumpets have been dated back to 300 BCE.


  • Vivian Fung likens Baroque Melting to Salvador Dali’s melting clock in Persistence of Memory. “This is the heart of Baroque Melting, in which I take familiar Baroque musical ideas and motives, recognizable elements accentuated by the harpsichord, contort them, bending pitches and phrases out of shape, and then twist them back into focus again. The apotheosis comes at the end, when a quotation of a Bach chorale, “Wär Gott Nicht mit uns diese Zeit” from Cantata BWV 14, is warped, fading the work out to end on a quiet and contemplative note.


  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinellawas written for Les Ballets Russes after the great triumph of The Firebird and the great scandal of The Rite of Spring, but it marked a new compositional direction. Stravinsky would later remark, “Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible.”

Mar 26, 2021 | 12:30 pm
Mar 27, 2021 | 7:30 pm


Centennial Concert Hall

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Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

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