Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ March 31, 2007
February was a busy month for
Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Sandwiched between performances of Gounod’s
Faust at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and his concerts
with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal was an impromptu
stint at the helm of the Toronto Symphony as a last-minute replacement
for Valery Gergiev, who was delayed by snow. What a coincidence, since
Nézet-Séguin is to replace Gergiev as music director at the Rotterdam
Symphony in 2008. La Scena Musicale readers first met this young
wunderkind back in our February 2000 issue, months before the Rescigno
affair landed him the OMGM’s top job. Seven years later, LSM
sits down with Nézet-Séguin for an update.
March is often the time to start
planning for summer activities, so this month, we bring you our 10th
Annual Canadian Summer Music Camp Guide. This year’s edition focuses
on Canadian camps offering programs and courses as diverse as opera,
fiddling and DJ techniques. For international program offerings, check
out our website (www.scena.org).
Throughout the centuries many composers
have made their mark on the musical world but have you ever wondered
which composer is considered the history maker of all time? In this
issue, intrepid writer Holly Jonas Higgins puts this question to twelve
musical personalities who serve up ten different answers – her feature-length
article is a discourse on musical history up to the present day, starting
with the birth of opera.
Asking, answering and analyzing
key questions have always been an integral part of La Scena Musicale’s
editorial philosophy. It has not been easy to convince granting bodies
and juries of our vocation given that we started as a two-page concert
calendar. This year, only the Montreal Arts Council approved us a grant,
a starter amount of $3000. However, in response to other juries’ comments,
LSM has progressively added more musicological content since September
2006. And, in this issue, we have distinguished the indispensable calendar
section from the main body of the magazine by assigning it its own page
numbers, thereby clearly demonstrating that LSM is more than a simple
events agenda, that it is a magazine of content. This March, we will
again apply for government grants, hoping for more positive results.
Your strong voice of support would be invaluable in this endeavour.
Please send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 22, guests of LSM’s
Valentine’s Benefit Dinner were treated to a unique evening. The event
was a marked success, thanks to Aline Kutan, who graced us with her
enchanting voice and Joseph Rouleau, who so eloquently shared with us
his inspirational thoughts on love and music. Enthusiastic feedback
from attendees encourages us to plan other opportunities for you to
meet and mingle with some of your favorite musical personalities up
close and personal. Stay tuned to find out what LSM has in store in
the months ahead.
Meanwhile, we will continue our
subscription drive and our fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 (representing
a $1 contribution per reader).
As we begin to look forward to
warmer climes, hope springs eternal!