Renowned organist Michael Murray to perform “Maxine’s Ghost” as one of nine new organ works (Mar 23) (composer Dr. Michael Trew)

“Maxine’s Ghost” organ composition to be performed at 2012 Sonic Boom event

Michael Murray, organ – 2012 Sonic Boom Guest Artist
Renowned organist Michael Murray will perform nine new works including “Maxine’s Ghost”  on the beautiful pipe organ at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church.
Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm
St. Philip’s Anglican Church
3737 W 27th Avenue, Vancouver

This event is part of the Sonic Boom Festival, a multi-day celebration of new music by B.C. composers, held every spring. Held this year March 20-25, it features a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established B.C. composers.

Ticket Information: $25 Adult, $15 Student/Artist/Senior, $60 Festival Pass (all five concerts). Available at the door, cash only.
Details: http://www.vancouverpromusica.ca/sonicboom
Download festival programme (PDF): http://www.vancouverpromusica.ca/files/u7/SB2012%20Schedule%20of%20Events.pdf

This March 23 performance is a rare treat that shouldn’t be missed! For West Enders, the composition “Maxine’s Ghost” will be something meaningful.

Composer of “Maxine’s Ghost,” Dr. Michael Trew, writes about the origins of his work:  Maxine’s, a speakeasy named after its owner, was located at 1215 Bidwell St. in Vancouver BC . Former clients included Al Capone and Errol Flynn. Subsequently turned into a variety of restaurants over the years, it eventually became recognized as a heritage site, as it was a beautifully constructed old building. Recently Vancouver City Council decided that luxury condos ought to be constructed in it’s place: the Heritage status was ignored and the building almost entirely demolished, leaving only a vestige of the original structure.

There has always been a rumour that the ghost of Maxine haunts the premises. I have written this solo piece for organ to express my outrage at what has occurred to the building, and to honour her spirit. I suspect she would be outraged about what has taken place at her beloved home, so this is an angry piece – from start to finish!

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