Editorialby Wah Keung Chan
/ June 14, 2009
Living in Côte St-Luc, the Canadian
city with the oldest population, for years my wife and I have thought
that it would be a great idea for musicians to give regular free concerts
at senior residences. Last month, this idea became a reality with the
formation of la Société pour les arts en milieux de santé (SAMS),
whose aim is to use music and the arts to bridge the isolation of people
living in such facilities. For 2009-2010, SAMS has secured enough government
funding to organize 528 free concerts, with professional or professional
level students receiving a stipend of $100 to $150. SAMS is modeled
after the Health Arts Society (HAS), founded in 2006 in British Columbia
by David Lemon, and which now runs 1000 concerts. Radio-Canada Opera
de samedi host Sylvia l’Écuyer, a Vancouver resident, brought the
idea to former MNA Daniel Turp, who decided to take up the cause following
last fall’s Quebec Elections, and is now president of SAMS. This is
a great initiative, and at the same time, whether through SAMS or on
their own, all musicians would contribute to the community in this way.
June is another exciting month
for La Scena Musicale, as we feature our 13th annual National
Festival issue. The second of two nationally distributed issues, it
appears on May 29 (Quebec Edition) and on June 5 (English Canada Edition)
and continues to provide the most complete information to plan a musical
summer in Canada, including our 13th annual Guide to Classical Music
and Arts Festivals (more than 200 festivals!). This will be the most
comprehensive guide yet, with 80 classical music festivals and 700 concert
listings, as well as 120 arts festivals. Furthermore, our festival picks
highlight the most exciting events.
On the cover is Canadian contralto
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who will celebrate her first 10 years of career;
after a long year and a half abroad, she returns to Canada to appear
at the Lanaudière and Knowlton Festivals, and make her Montreal Opera
debut. Our festival coverage continues with a look at the business of
festivals through interviews with several festival general directors.
We look at the music of Henry Purcell, who is celebrated this year by
the Montreal Baroque Festival, which will open the festival featuring
the sounds of 6 restored violas da gamba with an interesting history.
June will be a Bruckner month in Montreal, as both Symphonies No.
7 and No. 8 will be presented; LSM looks at the composer
and discusses the works with Raffi Armenian and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The June Discovery CD features
the percussionist Marie-Josée Simard and pianist Mari Fabi. Remember
that this CD (a collaboration with XXI Records) is free for paying copies
of La Scena Musicale. As we continue our 2009 Subscription Campaign,
I am pleased to announce that the Canadian music recording industry
is lending its support with prizes for a Super Subscription Contest.
So far, we have $20,000 in prizes: XXI Records will contribute a collection
of 260 CDs, SRI Distribution 200 CDs, Analekta 200 CDs, ATMA 200 CDs,
Naxos 200 CDs and CBC Records 100 CDs. What better way to start or complete
your CD collection? This contest is open to current and new subscribers
as of August 15, 2009.