Cultural faux pas: Why Quebec’s music conservatories aren’t going without a fight
The Globe and Mail
Months of hearings at the Charbonneau inquiry into the corrupt handling of public contracts couldn’t provoke Quebeckers to more than a collective shrug. But the mere rumour that five regional music conservatories might close to tame a $14-million deficit prompted an instant wave of protest.
No official word of any closings had reached the public when the issue hit the province’s front pages, driven by letters of complaint from prominent musicians, a petition signed by 30,000 people, and musical demonstrations at the provincial legislature.
Culture minister Hélène David rushed to stem the fury last week, saying she “completely dissociated” herself from any thought of closing the schools, and would personally attend to the fate of the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec.
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