Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ April 30, 2007
Spring has finally arrived…or
so we hope, given the snow that lingers stubbornly on the ground.
Nevertheless, signs of nature's annual awakening are evident everywhere
we turn, compelling even the most lethargic individual to feel energized.
To some extent, the sense of rebirth that comes with this season is
reflected in the current issue, where you'll discover a “bouquet”
of themes that profile rising stars, alternative careers in music and
the celebration of anniversaries and musical passions
In this issue, Réjean Beaucage
interviews the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal's (ECM) Véronique
Lacroix about the organization's 20 years of active support for promising
young composers of new music from Quebec. In recognition of rising stars,
Joseph So profiles tenor Joseph Kaiser, who is blazing his way into
opera stardom. Tamara Bernstein zones in on some very interesting
women (the Cecilia String Quartet and young marimbist Anne-Julie Caron)
who are finding their own career paths in music. My delightful conversation
with Bathroom Diva Season 2 winner, Elaine Jean Brown, gives
proof that the definition of “rising star” has nothing at all to
do with age but everything to do with raw talent.
Conductor Miklós Takács shares
his thoughts with Gabor Csepregi about Zoltán Kodály, on the occasion
of the 125th anniversary of the Hungarian composer's birth, while Quebec
baritone Vincent Ranallo takes inspiration for his doctoral work from
Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, a pioneer in contemporary music. Philippe
Gervais' chat with internationally renowned musicologist and broadcaster
Gilles Cantagrel sheds light on this Baroque specialist's passion.
Like the rest of this issue, our
cover story exemplifies a fierce passion for music and the search for
alternative ways of expressing it. Chants Libres' artistic director
Pauline Vaillancourt is clearly a woman with a purpose - to carve a
solid place for new music (“augmented opera”) alongside traditional
opera. Other profiles of people who are successfully contributing to
the world of music through alternative means (luthier/violin-making,
piano-tuning, music librarian, copiest or public relations agent) are
also presented in this issue.
Watch for our upcoming music festival
guides in the next two issues. This year, the guide to jazz, world and
folk music will be available in May, while the classical music festival
guide will be included in the June issue.
To those of you who are already
planning ahead for Mother's Day, consider celebrating this special occasion
with us during La Scena Musicale's Mother's Day Dinner, featuring
favourite Quebec baritone Robert Savoie (see ad inside).
With the arrival of spring, a sense
of passion and renewal is definitely in the air. Let's just hope that
the new political landscape following the recent provincial election
bodes well for the future of arts and culture in La Belle Province!