Montreal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – During today’s parliamentary session in the National Assembly, Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications, Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, and Minister responsible for the Estrie region, read a declaration paying tribute to the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
The motion was placed on the National Assembly agenda to put forward the many initiatives which for five decades the SMCQ has successfully accomplished, promoting contemporary music, Quebec and Canadian composers, plus the impact of its activities in Quebec’s musical and cultural development, thanks to its four sectors: SMCQ concerts, Homage Series, the MNM/New Music festival and its Youth Program which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Walter Boudreau, SMCQ Artistic Director, Anik Shooner, President of the Board of Directors, and Aïda Aoun, General Director were present during the reading of the motion.
About the SMCQ
For some fifty years the SMCQ has moved to the effervescent rhythm of musical creation. With its regular concerts, its Homage Series, international festival and Youth Sector, it simultaneously functions as a forum for today’s composers and a window opening on future creativity. Led by composers for composers, to date the SMCQ has had three artistic directors: composers Serge Garant (1966 until 1986), Gilles Tremblay (1986 until 1988) and Walter Boudreau since 1988.