Requiem for a Glacier in Invermere

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - Thursday, June 30, 2022
Invermere Branch
Columbia Valley Centre
646-4th Street Invermere, BC V0A1K0

Requiem for a Glacier finally comes to Invermere! Paul Walde‘s sound performance and video installation is a haunting lament for the world’s melting glaciers. Its musical themes also draw attention to our local Purcell mountains and the decades-long struggle to keep the Jumbo valley free from development.  

Performed and filmed on Farnham Glacier in 2013, the oratorio for choir and orchestra includes a Latin translation of the BC government’s press release announcing the approval of Jumbo Glacier Resort Municipality. The third and fourth movements reveal the impacts of climate change by converting temperature readings in the area from 1969 to 2010 into musical notation.

This installation plays on a big screen in a loop of 40 minutes, so drop by any time and stay as long as you like!  As the viewer takes in the majesty of the mountains, we are reminded of the need to protect natural spaces for animals, forests and ecological diversity.

Admission is free.

For more info:

June 25   7pm – Opening Reception with artist Paul Walde.  8pm – Remarks by artist, followed by screening
June 26   3-8pm
June 27   3-6pm
June 28   Closed for DTSS grad night
June 29    3-8pm
June 30    3-8pm

 Requiem for a Glacier is part of our Fire & Ice program.   This event is in collaboration with CV Arts.

I wanted to draw attention to the fact that these are endangered wild spaces… Declaring it dead in some ways, prematurely, would galvanize people to do something about it.
                                Paul Walde, artist/composer 


Thanks to the funders and partners!