Kingston Symphony’s new video commemorates Remembrance Day

Master Cpl. Jonathan Elliotson, bottom left, the principal trumpet for Kingston Symphony, and Arthur Kerklaan, principal trumpet of Sinfonia Rotterdam, perform in the Kingston Symphony’s video performance of the second movement of local composer Dean Burry’s “Tracing Colville.” The video features artwork by Canadian painter Alex Colville. (Supplied Photo)

The Kingston Symphony has released a new video featuring a piece of music written by a locally based composer that commemorates Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The video of the second movement of composer Dean Burry’s “Tracing Colville,” which can be seen at, features more than 40 musicians, including four members of the Sinfonia Rotterdam.

“In the wake of COVID-19, it was a priority for us to continue to remember the great sacrifice so many young men and women made for our freedom, so we decided to digitally premiere the second movement of ‘Tracing Colville,’ entitled ‘Nijmegen Bridge,’” symphony artistic director Evan Mitchell, whose grandfather crossed that bridge daily during the liberation of the Netherlands, said in a news release.

“Tracing Colville,” which is to consist of four movements, was inspired by the war artwork of Canadian painter Alex Colville.

The piece by Burry, now an assistant professor at Queen’s University’s Dan School of Drama and Music, was slated initially to debut in October, but that was put on hold because of the pandemic.

“Tracing Colville” was to feature 40 minutes of music along with projected images and live narration of entries from Colville’s own war diary and the journal of the composer, the release said. The National War Museum was to provide Colville’s images for the performance.

“We look forward to presenting the full piece live,” Mitchell stated, “hopefully in the fall of 2021.”

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