On August 25, The Banff Centre premiered an innovative new symphonic work for chamber orchestra, guitar, bass, and banjo. Commissioned by the Centre and composed by Jens Kruger of the legendary bluegrass group the Kruger Brothers, The Spirit of the Rockies was made possible by the generous support of David and Christine Anderson.
During a pre-performance residency, musicians in the Centre’s Banff Festival Orchestra program collaborated on the creation of work under the skilled tutelage of the Kruger Brothers.
“The experience of working on The Spirit of the Rockies was for us an intense journey on many levels,” says guitarist Joel Landsberg. “The opportunity to research a region’s history and mystery is a powerful path for artistic development.”
A musical meditation on the history, culture, and beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the new work delighted the audience in the Eric Harvie Theatre during the premiere performance. “The Spirit of the Rockies was an amazing piece,” said Melissa Callaghan. “I hope we will see parts of it in the future, used to inspire people to come to Banff.”