Re: On Harvest Moon

Subject: Re: On Harvest Moon
From: Chris Leon (
Date: Sun Sep 25 2005 - 15:15:19 EDT

I think that the CEC concerts need to think of more imaginative ways to
promote their concerts. While I think that the Oscar Peterson Hall has
great sonic capabilities, it would be nice to see a CEC concert at Casa
Del Popolo for example.
This would be a more centralized location and reach out to a wider
I am not suggesting replacing the Concert Hall, but merely having a
more nomadic approach to EA. We see it in Jazz at the University level
as well, the Jazz concerts at Concordia also suffer from meager
attendance. But I have seen Jazz faculty concerts held at local Jazz
clubs with an increase in audience attendance.
A CEC concert at a non-Campus location could then be promoted on
various University radio stations and written media.


> On Sep 25, 2005, at 11:01 AM, Ned Bouhalassa wrote:
>> PS: This, I'm sure is not only about Concordia, BTW.
> It's interesting to hear these comments. Here in Vancouver, and
> especially SFU, we suffer from many of the same problems: low
> attendance at EA events, not enough attendance by students at events,
> and difficulty in getting faculty from other universities/colleges
> coming to events. I had somehow imagined that these were local
> concerns, not something that the great EA Mecca of Montreal also
> suffered.
> When I was a student in my twenties, I went to every event that I
> could afford. I was impressed when I saw the same composers come out
> to these events, and disappointed when I didn't see others. Why
> wouldn't they attend these events?
> Now that I'm in my forties and in academia, I realize the answer.
> Simply put, we now have lives outside EA. In my specific case, I've
> chosen to live in suburbia for the sake of my family - a one hour
> commute to a downtown concert at a time when my kids need to be put to
> bed isn't something I choose to do as frequently as, perhaps, my
> students would like. Balancing a family life with a career isn't
> unique to composers, of course, but the difficulty is compounded by
> the fact that most artistic events occur during regular family hours.
> I believe what Mark and Kevin have done, in trying to get their events
> online, including the CEC AGM, is a wonderful achievement that all of
> us appreciate and can learn from.
> a r n e e i g e n f e l d t , DM
> assistant professor, music and technology
> school for the contemporary arts, simon fraser university

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