Artistic Director: Lorena Corradi
L’Arsenal à musique was founded in 1978 by two graduates of the Milan Conservatory (Italy), Lorena Corradi and Reggi Ettore. Its mission is to make young people aware of new musical approaches by offering them concerts that stimulate their curiosity and their creativity. Premieres of new works, comic, even zany scenarios, and colourful set designs have earned it an immediate success with young audiences. The Arsenal’s numerous productions have been presented in Quebec and the rest of Canada, in the United States (notably at the Annenberg Centre in Philadelphia and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), as well as in Asia.
The act of collaborating with other artists, exploring new musical avenues and discovering unconventional instruments lead the two artistic directors along creative pathways that are constantly renewed. Their productions have included performances with sound sculpture by the brothers Baschet, and Trip Tympan, an electroacoustic multimedia event produced in conjunction with composer Yves Daoust, writer Gilbert Dupuis and the company L’écran humain. The more “classical” aspects of music are also a feature of the group’s repertory: l’Arsenal’s production based on Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals has travelled far and wide with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, and will be included in an upcoming tour with I Musici de Montreal.
Over the past twenty years, more than a million children have attended the Arsenal’s concerts and participated with enthusiasm either in the context of their schools or in large concert halls during popular events such as the Quebec Summer Festival and the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV).
The Arsenal’s most recent production is entitled Le Petit Prince, inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s well-known work of the same name. This humorous and moving story was scored with charm and delicacy by Quebec composers Denis Gougeon and Yves Daoust. The multimedia event was premiered on April 30, 2000 by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Source: L’Arsenal à musique