MAXWELL, Larry Douglas is an elegy for soprano and string orchestra. The text is Larry Maxwell's obituary. The piece is in two sections. The first third is an orchestral introduction followed by the vocal section - the obituary - which reflects and builds on the opening material. The premiere performance was at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Sidney, B.C. as part of The Sidney Concert Series, April 17, 1998. Catherine Fern Lewis - soprano, Sidney Classical Orchestra (formerly St. Cecilia Orchestra), composer - conductor.
Subsequent performances, March 12, 1999, Victoria, B.C. Victoria Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Danielle Meunier - soprano, composer - conductor; Oct. 17, 2000, Sidney, B.C. Danielle Meunier - soprano, St. Cecilia Orchestra, composer - conductor; Oct. 14, 2001, Red Cross/World Trade Centre Benefit Concert, Victoria, B.C., Danielle Meunier - soprano, Sidney Classical Orchestra, composer - conductor; February 17, 2006, Sidney, BC. Nancy Washeim - soprano, Sidney Classical Orchestra, composer - conductor.
"sung with great feeling... Brown directed a heartfelt performance that left the audience temporarily silenced, mute testimony to the power of music and friendship."
Deryk Barker, Victoria Times Colonist, British Columbia, Canada
The work has also received performances in its soprano and string quartet version.
The premiere of this version was June 2, 2005, Toronto, Jennie Such - soprano, Talisker Players. Subsequent performance Victoria, BC, Nancy Washeim - soprano, Victoria Conservatory stings quartet.
"Stephen Brown's Maxwell, Larry Douglas, a setting, word for word, of the obituary in a Toronto newspaper of the composer's dear friend. Brown's simple, but heartfelt, style, working against the conventional prose of a newspaper death notice, created a quite powerful impression, and (Jenny) Such sang the text with real emotion."
Robert Harris, Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Catherine Fern Lewis is an ambassador and active exponent of the professional new music and art scene in Canada since 1974. She is a versatile and experimental soprano/voice artist who graduated from the University of Victoria, B.C. Lewis has performed with such groups as the Steve Reich Ensemble, Toronto-based Arraymusic, Vancouver New Music and has held invitations to such festivals and conferences as the International Voice Festival in Montreal, Tuning of the World Conference in Banff, the Parry Sound Festival and the Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland. Catherine has premiered numerous works by Canadian composers, including Stephen Brown, Murray Adaskin, Christopher Butterfield, Anna Hostman, Rudolph Komorous, Rodney Sharman, Linda C. Smith, Owen Underhill and John Weinsweig, and collaborated with many of the nation’s prominent artists, choreographers, composers and conductors. In 2002 she was commissioned to create an interdisciplinary installation at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, resulting in the six-week exhibition entitled Sanctuary, an opera menagerie in 3 acts. Catherine is an active performer in both contemporary and traditional repertoire. She regularly participates in the annual Voice Festival at Victoria’s Open Space gallery where she has performed works by Berio, Cage, John Oswald and Wende Bartley as well as her own compositions.
MAXWELL, Larry Douglas - Suddenly at his
residence in Toronto in his 47th year. Beloved
father of Bobbie Maxwell of North bay. Brother of
Lynda Rice of Lindsay, loved son of the late
Howard and Rita Maxwell. Dear uncle of Rhonda
Cook (Stevenson) and Robin Cook. Lovingly re-
membered by Mary of North Bay and Barbara
Laronde and family of Temagami. Dear nephew of
Rhonda Humpston and Doris Simpson and stepson of
Margaret Maxwell. Friends may call at the
TRULL FUNERAL HOME, "NORTH TORONTO
CHAPEL", 2704 Yonge St. (5 blocks south of Law-
rence) on Wednesday, November 8, from 7-9 p.m.
Complete funeral service in the chapel on
Thursday at 11 o'clock. Cremation.