The tree was also a call to a cause:

 

The charity Hungry for Music received and redistributed all of the new and gently used musical instruments donated by the public through the drive organized by Downtown Silver Spring.

 

More details can be found on the Downtown Silver Spring website, here.

 

 

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Articles & Press:

 

Downtown Silver Spring's 3rd Annual 'Re-Imagining the Holidays' to Focus on Music Education in Local Schools, KUSI News San Diego, Nov. 24, 2014

 

Silver Spring Re-Imagines the Christmas Tree at Downtown Lighting Celebration, Camille Moore, NBC Washington, Nov. 14, 2014

 

Holiday tree art to be unveiled Saturday in Silver Spring, Kevin James Shay, Gazette.Net Maryland Community News Online, Nov. 12, 2014

 

Re-Imagining the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration, Washington Post Blog, Going-Out Guide, Nov. 9, 2014

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Free Family Event Saturday November 15:  Reimagining the Holidays in Downtown Silver Spring, aparentinsilverspring.com, Nov. 4, 2014

 

Local artist once again commissioned to create holiday tree for Maryland city, Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy, The Chatfield News, Dec. 24, 2014

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Related (External) Links:

 

Visit the page for the Tree Lighting Celebration on the Downtown Silver Spring website.

 

Browse the Flickr photo album for Silver Symphony here.

 

Enjoy a slideshow from the Tree Lighting Event with photos from Clark W. Day Photography here.

 

Navigate to the follow-up PRESS RELEASE by Downtown Silver Spring (Nov. 24, 2014).

 

Navigate to the original PRESS RELEASE by Downtown Silver Spring (July 20, 2014).

 

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Special thanks go out to:

 

- Downtown Silver Spring

- Peterson Companies

- ENJOINERY

- MetalLogix

- DARCARS

- Strosniders Hardware

- Hungry for Music

- Jon Taylor and Audrey Hasen Russell Taylor

- Laurie Yankowski

- Luís and Crew

- Joel Grimaldi

- Nicole Huss

 

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Silver Symphony by Karl Unnasch

Karl Unnasch extends his most sincere appreciation to the masterful ENJOINERY for their collaboration on this project!

Video of the Tree Lighting Celebration by Alejandro Rios of Downtown Silver Spring:

(3m 46s)

Awash with sound, motion and light, the 2014 holiday tree in Silver Spring jingled at passers-by on the whims of the wind, luring them in to the magical music panel to chime in and “play the tree” with a holiday tune of their very own.

 

Studded with trumpets and trombones, cellos and guitars, triangles and cymbals and windchimes and bells, Silver Symphony was a tribute to the importance of music in our everyday lives.   

 

 

 

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Silver Symphony

Silver Symphony: A Musical Holiday Tree by Karl Unnasch and ENJOINERY

Karl Unnasch Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

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created by Karl Unnasch

in collaboration with ENJOINERY

for the 2014 Holiday Season

on the Fountain Plaza in

Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland

 

Nov 2014—Jan 2015

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A Selection of Other Works:

 

At the base of the tree, the life-sized Playbox — a musical control panel in the form of an oversized gift box — allowed for cymbals to be struck, chimes tinkled, bells jingled and strings strummed by holding down the big toy-like buttons.