Commissioned by Claude Watson School for the Arts (Grades 4-8) in Ontario in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentennial birthday as a nation, July 1, 2017. This work began with a poetry contest with the children of Claude Watson. The poems, limericks, Haiku and free-verse were vetted by the staff and then submitted to Len for gleaning and fashioning into a song to be sung as a finale for their annual Reflections Concert.
Four descriptive movements for 10-piece brass ensemble based on the stunning vista of the Agawa Canyon north of Lake Superior as captured by artists of Canada’s ‘Group of Seven’ painters. Commissioned for the 2017 NABBA Championships by Rita Arendz and ‘A Little Wind Music’.
Mariposa Sketches is loosely based on ‘Sunshine sketches of a little town’ by one of Canada’s favourite authors, Stephen Leacock. Leacock had a summer home in Orillia, Ontario (a.k.a. Mariposa) and his descriptions of town life around the turn of the century are full of affectionate whimsy and humour.