The magazine evolved from La Scena Vocale, a one-page vocal music newsletter begun in April 1996. The newsletter, comprising performance calendars and advice columns, was distributed to a modest readership. Its breadth and reputation grew, and in May 1997 it was renamed La Scena Musicale. The first issue, expanded to 16 pages, extended its coverage to instrumental music; on the cover were Luciano Pavarotti and Peter Schreier, Lyne Fortin, and Jon Kimura Parker. Reviews and feature articles were gradually added, with the first jazz articles introduced in 1999. By 2006 the magazine was a 60-page publication with content ranging from classical to world music. In 2009 La Scena Musicale was distributed to 50,000 readers.
La Scena Musicale caters to an audience of musicians, aficionados, and arts professionals. Content is international, with a strong emphasis on the Canadian scene. It includes concert calendars, industry news, interviews and profiles; reviews of performances, recordings and books; as well as in-depth articles ranging from the musicological to the political. Select monthly issues have been devoted to music education, summer camps, festivals, competitions, and philanthropy. The magazine has engaged a long list of contributors, among them Françoise Chagnon, Norman Lebrecht, Paul E. Robinson, and Joseph So.
La Scena Musicale became a registered charity in 2002 and has operated independently of regular government funding. Its subsidiary publications include La Scena Musicale Online, launched in 1999; The Music Scene, an English-language magazine begun in 2002, published three times annually, and distributed in Ontario and Western Canada; and the quarterly arts and culture magazine La Scena, begun in 2007.
Author Sarah Church
Chan, Wah Keung and Philip Anson. "Message d'éditeur," La Scena Musicale, vol 2, no 8, May 1997
Chan, Wah Keung and Lucie Renaud. "Welcome to our fifth year," La Scena Musicale, vol 6, no 1, Sep 2000
Renaud, Lucie. "We don't turn five every day!" La Scena Musicale, vol 7, no 1, Sep 2001
Chan, Wah Keung. "From the editor: happy birthday to LSM," La Scena Musicale, vol 12, no 2, Oct 2006
Links to Other Sites
La Scena Musicale
The website for "La Scena Musicale," a free online magazine devoted to classical music. Each issue features a comprehensive calendar of concerts, compact disc reviews, interviews with musicians as well as feature articles on the local, national and international classical music scenes.
Wah Keung Chan
A brief profile of Wah Keung Chan, founding editor and publisher of "La Scena Musicale," the award-winning website "La Scena Musicale Online," and "The Music Scene." From the Vanier College website.
Wah Keung Chan – a musical renaissance man
Scroll down to page 10 of this PDF for a profile of Wah Keung Chan. From the website for the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Quebec).