Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ June 14, 2007
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