Tuesday, April 08, 2008

La Scena Musicale founder honoured by
Vanier College

Wah Keung Chan, the founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Montreal-based magazine La Scena Musicale will be honoured on April 14 by Vanier College during its 10th annual Big Band Benefit for his role in promoting classical music and jazz throughout Canada. Wah Keung is a Vanier graduate and founded LSM as a free national music magazine, in 1996.

The evening's festivities will be hosted by Montreal jazz piano legend Oliver Jones, while tributes will be given by internationally renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor, local Montreal philanthropist Noel Spinelli, and retired Vanier math professor Carole Channer, Wah Keung's first mentor.

Also performing will be The Vanier Stage Band is made up of 19 young instrumentalists and singer Shaday Lavallé under the direction of Jocelyn Couture and the J.L. Big Band, conducted by Christopher Smith, an ensemble of some of the best jazz musicians in Montreal who get together every Monday night to perform new repertoire collected by their director Jean Lessard. Proceeds from the evening's concert allow Vanier College to give bursaries to outstanding music students at the school.


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