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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 12, No. 10


by Wah Keung Chan / June 14, 2007

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The season of music festivals has finally come around again! This month, you will find that we have combined our two music publications, La Scena Musicale and The Music Scene into one national issue. Last month’s (May) national issue featured 130 festivals (mostly jazz, world and folk) while this issue offers 93 festivals and 817 festival concerts.

The robust number of festivals available across Canada contributes significantly to the country’s cultural fabric, a fact that is recognized by the

Federal Government with the infusion of a $30 million grant program for festivals. If only all this could be administered properly!

Our June issue also features self-taught composer Matthias Maute and the ever-talented musician Boris Brott, both men demonstrating that innovation is an ongoing and enriching process. Maute has composed (and in a sense, restored) what could have been the lost original ending to Monteverdi’s Orfeo while Brott celebrates the 20th year of the Brott Music Festival with his beloved National Academy Orchestra. This issue also pays homage to some musical greats – Norman Lebrecht and Louise Forand-Samson reminisce about the late Mstislav Rostropovich while pianist Derek Yaple-Shobert honours the piano legacy of Edvard Grieg who died 100 years ago. In recognition of Father’s Day, our panel of Ossama el Naggar, Robert Savoie, Joseph So and Richard Turp take a look at some favourite operatic fathers.

With all the festivals available to you this season, there may be very few lazy days of summer. Take your father to a festival or two…or three…Happy

Father’s Day!

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