Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ October 5, 2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Ten years old
and 100 issues later – how time has flown by! Since its debut as a
simple two-page newsletter that I started as a simple hobby, La Scena
Musicale (and its predecessor, La Scena Vocale) has been
a part of Quebec’s and Canada’s vibrant cultural life by being a
solid voice for classical and jazz music, capturing the latest news,
providing a forum for various musical opinions, showcasing both established
and rising stars, and promoting the importance of musical education.
That seedling of a little newsletter took root as it responded to the
need of the musical community (LSM is the only print magazine
in Quebec that promotes classical and jazz music) and was nurtured by
the undying support of its readers, partners and its dedicated staff
and loyal volunteers who lovingly produce the magazine month after month,
writing, editing and translating each page. We extend our arms out to
all of you to express our sincerest gratitude!
Although it would be
impossible to name everyone who has contributed in any way to La
Scena Musicale’s success, a special thank you goes to co-founding
editor Philip Anson; dedicated board members François Carrier, Tom
Holzinger, Annie Prothin, Sandro Scola, Jacques Desjardins, Anne-Marie
Babkine, Dean Jobin-Bevans and Joan Gauthier; tireless volunteers Wah
Wing Chan, Stephen Lloyd, Phyllis Stewart, Lilian I. Liganor and Joseph
So; my unflappable assistant editors Dominique Olivier, Lucie Renaud
and Réjean Beaucage; the hardworking calendar team led by Eric Legault;
section editors Marc Chénard along with his team of writers and Bruno
Deschènes; our sales force of Elisabeth Starenkyj, Mike Webber, Bernadette
Lacroix-Bjornson, Mario Felton-Coletti and Kimberly Krautle; administrative
staff of Steven Bélanger, Isabelle Tremblay-Westwick, Eric Ginestier,
Sophie-Natacha Robichaud, Gillian Pritchett, Claire Godin, Anne Gilbert,
Johanne Poirier, Sasha Dyck, Adam Norris, Christopher Bourne, Kamel
Ait-Mouhoub and Joanne Dufour; the ever-reliable proofreaders Annie
Prothin, Marie Faucher, Daniel Desrochers, Jef Wyns and Isabelle Picard;
our translators Alain Cavenne and Jane Brierly; our web team of Normand
Vandray, Mike Vincent and Linda Lee; our league of talented writers;
our loyal and supportive partners in the musical community and in the
recording industry; my generous parents; and YOU, our faithful readers.
This 10th anniversary
commemorative issue looks back at La Scena Musicale’s decade
of perseverance to serve the community. In this, our 101st issue, we
have chosen to publish excerpts from articles you have previously enjoyed,
a challenging task in itself since there are so many that merit reprinting.
Nevertheless, in this retrospective, we have decided to revisit some
articles from our ten years of publication (other articles will be reprinted
in future issues during our eleventh year). Re-reading these articles
has certainly made us nostalgic as we traveled down memory lane and
in the process, we realized how much LSM has evolved over time.
For myself, I was reminded of when I was younger, leaner and had
no gray hair - LSM has surely been an all-consuming passion!
Also in this issue, you
are given a sneak preview of the program for our October 21st gala at
McGill University’s Pollack Hall where we will celebrate our 10th
anniversary. If you have not already done so, we hope you purchase a
ticket (or tickets) to join us on this very special evening of musical
delights. To our dear readers who cannot attend the event, we regret
that you will be missing a unique and wonderful treat and that we will
not get the pleasure of meeting you personally.
Despite our pride and
joy at turning ten, we will not rest on our laurels. As we blow out
our candles and enter our eleventh year, our birthday wish is to continue
serving you for at least another ten years - with your continued support
of course! See you on October 21st!