Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ September 5, 2006
Last week, artist agent Ann Summers contacted
La Scena Musicale to express concern over the challenges young Canadian
singers have in developing their careers. Summers was in Montreal attending
the closing concerts of the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.
During our conversation, she lamented, “We train singers well, but
nobody is telling them about the difficulty of finding work.” The
musical landscape has changed even more in recent years.
Logistical issues owing to stringent security measures following 9/11
create travel nightmares that add to the difficulties everyone, including
musicians, have to face. Concert organizers now have to juggle visa
requirements as much as subscription sales. Last month’s London bomb
scare served as a reminder of how world events affect the music industry.
Festival Vancouver had to scramble for visiting Italian Academia Montis
Regalis Orchestra whose instruments were left behind due to security
delays. Fortunately, Canadians came through with 16 quality period instruments
for the concert.
Five years ago, the shocking tragedy
of September 11 made La Scena Musicale’s 5th Anniversary Gala,
which was held the following day, possibly 9/11’s first memorial concert
— all participating musicians were moved to dedicate their performance
in memory of the victims. When Marie-Nicole Lemieux opened the evening
with the normally upbeat piece, L’invitation au Voyage composed
by Henri Duparc, in a melancholy tone, the tragic event became more
Ann Summers calls for La Scena
Musicale to address the changing business of music, something that
we strive for every day at LSM. Being the magazine of reference
for the musical community in Canada is both a source of pride as well
as a responsibility. As LSM enters its eleventh year, we will
continue exploring relevant facets of the industry from the latest news
and changes, to musical reviews, performance, education, interviews
with musicians and composers, and yes, even analyzing musical scores.
It motivates us to know that our magazine serves as a meeting place
of sorts for musicians, and music-lovers alike.
Now that LSM has completed its
first 10 years of actively promoting music in Canada, I experience a
special kind of satisfaction that comes in knowing that “the little
magazine that could (and can)” is a part of your daily lives.
Our October issue will be a commemorative
issue that looks back at some of the best articles we’ve published
through the years. The celebration continues with our 10th Anniversary
Gala on October 21st featuring some of Montreal’s finest musicians.
I invite each one of you to join us during this special event. In the
meantime, why not vote for your favourite cover (see p.11), send
us a note to share with us what La Scena Musicale means to you
and/or show your support by taking an ad of congratulations. Your feedback
and contribution will help propel us into the next 10 years of serving
the musical community. Life is full of challenges but music soothes