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La Scena Musicale Introduces English Canada Special Issue - The Music Scene Magazine

Press Release

September 7, 2002 (Montreal) -- La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce the introduction of a special English Canada issue – "The Music Scene" – that will serve its reading public in Southern Ontario and Western Canada. "When we introduced the bilingual magazine La Scena Musicale six years ago, our aim was to create a national magazine that would do its part to unify the music community and bring a new public to classical music. The introduction of The Music Scene is another step towards achieving this mission," said Wah Keung Chan, president of La Scène Musicale / The Music Scene, the non-profit organization publishing The Music Scene Magazine. (See Editorial below).

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"The Music Scene" magazine contains articles specially written for the English edition as well as selected articles reprinted from La Scena Musicale (one-third of the editorial content are the English versions of articles from La Scena Musicale's regular September issue). Five writers (Tamara Bernstein, Robert Jordan, Gordon Morash, John Reid and Andrew Thompson) from Ontario and western Canada contribute articles on their local classical music scene. Renown music writer Norman Lebrecht contributes a commentary on the mythology of Maria Callas. (See list of editorial features below.) The calendar covers events from September 14 to November 7, 2002 for Toronto and Southern Ontario, as well as for Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. These comprehensive regional listings includes radio and television programming as well as concerts, workshops and lectures. The magazine is printed by Calgary Colorpress with an outer 8-page glossy 4-colour section and an internal black and white newsprint section.

Editorial features:
• On the cover: Canadian tenor Michael Schade returns to Oedipus Rex and debuts a new CD (p. 26) by Joseph So
p. 7 Editorial
p. 8 Introduction to Music: To Clap or Not to Clap by Sarah Choukah
p. 10 Opera Ontario's latest discovery, Mirela Tafaj: Have Voice, Will Travel, by Joseph So
p. 12 The Resurgence of Classical FM Radio in Canada by Dwight W. Poole
p. 14 French Classical -- Coming to a wavelength near you ... by Lucie Renaud
p. 16 Concert Hall Acoustics—The Artec of Sound by Wah Keung Chan
p. 18 Maria Callas / Death Becomes Them by Norman Lebrecht
p. 20 Notes
p. 22 Jazz: The Cyber Pass by Paul Serralheiro
p. 23 Jazz Tracks: a Cross-Country Roundup by Marc Chenard
p. 24 La cena musicale / The Musical Recipe - Abduction of Smoked Salmon Crisps in a Crab Seraglio, by Lucie Renaud
p. 25 Guidelines for DVD Equipment by Philip Ehrensaft
p. 25 How to Set Up your DVD-Video by Geoff Martin
p. 30 The Maestro's Choice: Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Mahler's Third by Lucie Renaud
p. 31 Naxos at 15: An Interview with Klaus Heymann by Philip Anson
p. 32 CD Reviews
p. 38 Season Preview - Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton & Southern Ontario by Tamara Bernstein, Robert Jordan, Gordon Morash, John Reid and Andrew Thompson
p. 44 Regional Calendar: Southern Ontario, Western Canada, Radio, TV
p. 52 Survey

In total, 40,000 copies of this premiere English-language edition of "The Music Scene," with 15,000 going to the Toronto area, 5,000 to Hamilton and Southern Ontario, 5,000 to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver respectively.
Distribution Dates: September 9-13

• 2,090 copies of the magazine will be delivered by Canada Post to Toronto households residents of the postal code routes in "M4W and M4T" (Rosedale) and "M3B and M2L" (Don Mills).

On the Internet
Like La Scena Musicale, the entire magazine will be avalable free-of-charge on the internet at
The Acrobat PDF version is now available at
and the HTML version will be available during the week of September 9th.

Editorial in The Music Scene. Vol. 1.1

Economic crises in orchestras and in the recording industry dominated the news last year. The events of September 11 had an impact on the industry worldwide. However, a look at The Canadian Classical Music Calendar, our online database of classical music events, and the list of new recordings show that music making is still alive.

Some highlights from last year stand out. A concert featuring Tan Dun conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as part of McGill’s MusicMarch at a sold-out 600-seat Pollack Hall proved that contemporary music can sell. It also showed what is good and bad about today’s music. While I cannot hum any parts of Tan Dun’s cello concerto, I found the work riveting. Like finely crafted writing, the enticing opening was sustained throughout with a continuous stream of ideas that caressed my sensibilities. Great compositions in the past had a vision of the whole, which in the hands of a skilled conductor is shape in a sustained musical line. The key lies in the linking of the sections of the composition, an element that is true for music as well as for the literary and performing arts. It is a simple concept that was, alas, forgotten by twentieth-century composers in their rush to create the next new musical idea.

The first Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Music Competition in voice was a success. Canada did particularly well with three of the top four prizes, showing that our singers are developing into excellent musicians. Musicianship won out as Measha Brueggergosman took home the top honours with the most intelligent and musically convincing interpretation. Vocally, singers could learn a lot from the South Korean contingent; they had the most refined technique, with four of their five singers among the best voices in the competition. Indeed, three Koreans made it to the final ten, but in the end did not place high because their singing seemed to lack emotion.

Have the three tenors sung their swan song? This was the question after this summer’s World Cup of Soccer. If we could present a Canadian Three Tenors, we would see onstage Ben Heppner, Richard Margison and Michael Schade. This September, Schade is the featured cover artist in this first issue of The Music Scene, a special English-language issue of La Scena Musicale, serving southern Ontario and western Canada.

Both The Music Scene and La Scena Musicale are brought to you by the dedicated team of staff and volunteers of La Scène Musicale / The Music Scene, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting classical music. Our other activities include the award-winning free classical music website LSM Online <>, The Student Writing Contest, and the “Bring a Teen” outreach program.

When we introduced the bilingual magazine La Scena Musicale six years ago, our aim was to create a national magazine that would do its part to unify the music community and bring a new public to classical music. Our method was to be available and accessible, and the focus was at once local, national and international. La Scena Musicale has always been available in the province of Quebec and in Ottawa, and in music schools and record stores across Canada. Our national summer festival issue (June) has twice been distributed in the major cities in Canada. The yearly growth of LSM from a 2-page newsletter to a 24-page magazine in its second year to the latest 80-page magazine shows that there is a continuing interest in our cultural vision.

Like La Scena Musicale, The Music Scene is distributed free of charge, and the hybrid glossy/newsprint format was chosen as a cost-effective way of reaching the largest possible audience. We are proud to present a magazine that has something for all readers, from novices to experts. Furthermore, our calendar is one of the most detailed resources in print and on the Internet. Among our new features, we present an “Introduction to Music” column (on clapping) and a column “Maestro’s Choice” (Yannick Nézet-Séguin tells us why Mahler’s Third turns him on).

We hope that you will enjoy this first issue of The Music Scene, and that we will keep contact with you as a regular reader. We continue to work to improve every aspect of our features and services. Our readers’ feedback is crucial, and we invite you to fill out the readers’ survey at the back of the magazine, which will earn you a chance to win a collection of CDs and an espresso machine.

Have a great 2002–2003 season!

Wah Keung Chan
Publisher and Editor, The Music Scene and La Scena Musicale

About La Scène musicale/The Music Scene

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