Musicians raise awareness of global warming with concert on Canadian glacier

Posted on: July 30, 2013

An article at Monday’s (7/3) CBC News (British Columbia, Canada), reports, “An orchestra held an unusual performance on a glacier, in B.C.’s East Kootenay region, this weekend to protest the construction of the Jumbo Glacier ski resort and draw attention to receding glaciers globally. The group of 50 musicians trekked up Farnham glacier on Saturday and performed an original composition, entitled Requiem for a Glacier, composed by Paul Walde of the University of Victoria. The orchestra was accompanied by a crew of nearly 30 sherpas, drivers and activists who helped bring instruments and audio equipment to the glacier. The lyrics included a Latin translation of the B.C. government’s March 2012 press release stating that developers could move forward with the controversial $450 million dollar ski resort about 57 kilometres west of Invermere, B.C. The slowly increasing tempo of the music was designed to reflect temperature rises at Farnham glacier over the past several decades, based on data that Walde sourced from Environment Canada.” A separate article in the Vancouver Sun includes description of the musical score and quotes from participating performers.

Posted July 30, 2013