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Colloquium: Tracing Colville



Friday, November 1st, 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

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Harrison-LeCaine Hall 124

Colloquium: Dean Burry - Tracing Colville


The striking contrast between the Art of Creation and the Art of Destruction isno better illustrated than in the works of the Official War Artist.  Warfare and Art have always been two important aspects of civilization and Canada is known for having one of the most extensive war art programs in the twentieth-century, including contributions by iconic Canadian painter Alex Colville.  In the summer of 2019, as part of his research at Queen’s, Dr. Dean Burry travelled to the sites of four of Colville’s war paintings: Yorkshire, Toulon (France), Nijmegen (Holland) and the Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp (Germany). His research and partnership with the Canadian War Museum and Kingston Symphony Orchestra will culminate in Tracing Colville, a large-scale orchestral work set to premiere in the fall of 2020.  Through photographs, background information, personal anecdotes and Colville’s own diary entries, Burry recounts the journey so far and the historical and musical steps he will follow to lead to the premiere.

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