La Jolla Symphony’s “Biennale Snapshots” of Vancouver public artworks

Posted on: May 5, 2017

This weekend California’s La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will give the U.S. premiere of Vivian Fung’s five-movement Biennale Snapshots, inspired by “public works of art showcased at the most recent Vancouver Biennale,” writes Marcia Manna in Wednesday’s (5/3) San Diego Union Tribune. Fung’s composition “celebrates the 2014-16 Open Air Museum installations, when the Canadian city becomes an outdoor contemporary sculpture gallery…. [It will be] accompanied by Tina Tallon’s video montage of the Vancouver artwork.” Among the artworks is one by Konstantin Dimopoulos, whose environmental project “called attention to deforestation … ‘He’s a social artist making a commentary about how we have to be more sensitive to living plants right outside our back yard,’ says Fung…. The fourth movement, ‘Interludium: Water Rising,’ is inspired by Ren Jun’s ‘Water #10,’ a monumental stainless steel sculpture that looks like an enormous drop of water that rose up and became frozen in space. ‘If you look at the score, you see multilayered chords and one disappears as another comes in,’ Fung explains.” Guest conductor Michael Gerdes will lead the program, which also includes Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Posted May 5, 2017