Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ September 4, 2007
First and foremost, a huge welcome
to readers of the inaugural issue of our quarterly magazine, La
SCENA, the only multi-disciplinary arts and culture publication
of its kind in Montreal!
La Scène Musicale’s vision
in launching La SCENA is to unite all art forms (including
music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts/museums) in a common forum
to promote interaction and the exchange of news, ideas, education and
innovation between artists, arts organizations, and arts lovers. Ultimately,
our goal is to cultivate a rich and dynamic community that bridges different
art forms, activities and involvement. By their very nature as explorers,
artists, past and present, professional or amateur often actively engage,
at some level, in multiple arts disciplines.
With their recent passing,
we are reminded of the contributions of individual artists. Beverly
Sills, renowned American Soprano is mourned by opera fans worldwide.
Closer to home, Richard Bradshaw, who was a conductor of international
repute and the visionary general director of the Canadian Opera Company
saw his long-time dream of an opera house for the COC come to life before
his untimely death this past summer. Bradshaw was also remarkable in
his ability to collaborate with artists from other disciplines such
as theatrical director Robert Lepage, and film directors Francois Girard
and Atom Egoyan.
In this special inaugural
issue of La SCENA, we have chosen to feature Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (GBCM) as a tribute to its 50th
anniversary of contributing excellence and innovation to the dance world
and to the arts community. Aline Apostolska has a candid interview with
Gradimir Pankov, GBCM’s Art Director. She delves into his leadership
and how he has transitioned the GBCM from classical ballet to a world-class
contemporary dance company.
Similar to the calendar of
musical events in our flagship music magazine, La Scena Musicale,
La SCENA incorporates a comprehensive Arts Calendar but rather
than covering a month’s worth of activities, La SCENA’s
calendar is for a three-month period! You will also discover that this
quarterly magazine includes La Scena Musicale as an insert with
its own cover page, representing music. For September’s issue,
La Scena Musicale features Alain Trudel, Principal Conductor and
Musical Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. Please note
that La Scena Musicale will continue to be published 10
times a year, either as an insert in La SCENA or as a
Like its sister magazines,
La Scena Musicale and The Music Scene, La SCENA
is born of the dedicated teamwork of La Scène Musicale’s staff and
volunteers. To this amazing group (including new contributors), I extend
a huge bouquet of thanks! As well, this magazine could not have been
possible without the active support of our many advertisers whose partnership
with us is a constant source of encouragement. Mille Merci!
To our loyal readers who
have been with us since the inception of La Scena Musicale 12
years ago, we hope you enjoy our expanded coverage of the arts. To our
new readers, our warmest welcome! All of you make “burning the midnight
oil” well worth it! We invite your comments and submissions.
In December, watch for the
next issue of La SCENA, when we feature higher arts education
and season gift ideas.
I wish you happy reading
as you tuck in for the cool autumn season.