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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Three of Montreal's top choirs support La Scena Musicale in Valentine's Benefit Concert

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Montreal--January 19, 2009--
Montreal's choral community is expressing their support for Wah Keung Chan, founding editor and publisher of the classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, by collaborating in a benefit concert supporting the publication. The event, scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 14, 2009, features three of Montreal's top choirs: Concerto Della Donna, Musica Orbium, and the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montrą©al, conducted by stalwarts of the Montreal choral scene Iwan Edwards, Patrick Wedd and Christopher Jackson, respectively. The ensembles will perform choral love songs from Gabrieli and Palestrina to Copland and Gershwin, with each choir singing their own segment and then joining forces for the finale.

Edwards, a Member of the Order of Canada since 1995 and the concert's artistic director, says, "Christopher, Patrick and I had worked together on the CBC Radio Easter Morning Sunrise Service from Montreal on two separate occasions, so I was delighted when these outstanding directors and their ensembles agreed to collaborate once again, particularly since it gave us the opportunity to express our admiration for Wah Keung Chan and the tremendous contribution he has made to classical music through La Scena Musicale."

Chan started the publication in 1996, as a 2-page newsletter focusing on Montreal concert listings; it soon grew to a full-fledged magazine covering arts and music nationwide, including articles, CD reviews, music education guides, and recently, it has come to the defense of music and the arts. Chan says, "by attending this concert, music lovers will not only be treated to a great evening of choral love songs, they will be partnering with La Scena Musicale in promoting high quality music-making across the country."

Tickets are $30 (regular price) and $20 (student/senior), available at La Scena Musicale, the McGill Box Office, and local Admission outlets. VIP seating and the chance to meet the conductors at a pre-concert reception are available for $130.

For more info about the concert and the programme, click here.

La Scena Musicale
Tel: (514) 948-2520
(VISA, MasterCard, or AMEX accepted, VIP admission only available directly through LSM)

McGill box office:
(VISA or MasterCard accepted)

Admission outlets. Service charges apply.

514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595

Info: Dawna Coleman, 514-948-2520,

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