There are several things in this world about which I am extremely passionate. Music is one of them, Canadian Content is another. For a long while, the CBC (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) was, at least outwardly, a happy marriage of these two things.
For seventy years, the CBC radio orchestra - located in Vancouver, B.C. - commissioned and performed new Canadian works. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the place where Canadian music found it's voice. Classical, contemporary, Canadian music has never been an easy sell but the government funded CBC has championed it for decades, dating back to the days when John Weinzweig, father of the Canadian Music Centre, wrote background scores for the radio documentaries being broadcast.
The artists whom, over the years, have collaborated with the CBC reads like a list of 'who's who' in the Candian music scene; Harry Sommers, Jaques Israeliavitch, Gary Kulesha, Raffi Armenian, Victor Feldbrill, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Measha Brueggergossman, Jane Coop, Alain Trudel, etc., etc. The list is endless. The CBC has launched careers and given work to generations of classical musicians. Apparently no more.
I don't care if the CBC is strapped for money. I sure as hell don't know anything about business. Canceling classical radio programs might be necessary, I don't know. Canceling the young composers' competition is a disappointment that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I'm a stable enough girl that it doesn't send me screaming down to the CBC offices, resorting to public acts of indecency.
However, THE CBC ORCHESTRA IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.
You can not put a price on something like that, North America's only radio broadcast orchestra. Can't you, I don't know, cancel a documentary about Don Cherry or something? Or God forbid, try and expand your classical audience to new markets, so that that section of your operation is bringing in more return?
I am a twenty year old, admittedly a music student, who loves classical music. Yet I can't bring myself to listen to much of the Radio Two programming, which centers around classical music. My station
was CBC Radio One. Maybe, CBC, if you could find away to make your unappealing programming on Radio Two moderately interesting, you would have the funds to keep the orchestra alive.
Or you could, you know, stop producing new television series that get canceled after a weak run and stick to Road to Avonlea
There is something very wrong with our country. How is this even allowed to happen?
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