Commissioned by the Vancouver Biennale, in celebration of the 2014–16 Open Air Museum installations, with partial funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation (Canada).
World premiere by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor, season-opening concerts, September 26 and 28, 2015. Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, Canada.
THE BLUE TREES, by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, is a global environmental art project launched during the 2009 – 2011 Vancouver Biennale in three local cities – Richmond, West Vancouver, and Port Moody. Subsequently, the artist has expanded this project to eleven cities internationally. THE BLUE TREES is an example of a local initiative gone global, an example of how art can be a catalyst for learning and community engagement. THE BLUE TREES transforms the familiar urban landscape into something surreal or unfamiliar. The intentional transformation of the everyday stimulates dialogue and raises our environmental consciousness by highlighting trees and their importance as lungs of the Earth. In 2015, THE BLUE TREES installation will be created in New Westminster, Squamish, and at the launch of Simons West Coast flagship department store in West Vancouver. For more information about this artwork please visit: www.vancouverbiennale.com/artworks/the-blue-trees/
3 Flutes (3rd doubling Piccolo), 3 Oboes (3rd doubling English Horn), 3 Clarinets in B♭ (2nd doubling Clarinet in E♭; 3rd doubling Bass Clarinet), 3 Bassoons (3rd doubling Contrabassoon), 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets in C, 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, 2 Crotales – D and E♭, Low Water Gong, Tam-tam, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Tambourine, 2 Wood Blocks, 2 Cowbells, Slapstick, Rain Stick, Gourd Maracas, Plastic Maracas, Finger Cymbals, Small Triangle, Sheets of Loose Paper, 3 Wine Glasses – tuned to D♭, F, and G♭, Tree Branches (to be played on bass drum), Harp, Piano, Strings (at least 12,10,8,7,6)
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