Do you ever wish you could meet someone from the past?


Musicians and their audiences often wish to converse with composers because insight into the life and times of a composer can enhance the musical experience. Unfortunately, many of the composers of the classical repertoire that we prize are dead—luckily, Salon Séance brings composers back to life!


By having an historian channel the composer, and by curating a program centred around a key question as relevant today as it was in the composer’s lifetime, Salon Séance brings the composer, the performer, and the audience into the same room. 


Each of our projects focuses on a single composer who has left a considerable amount of writing outside of his/her musical creation (essays, letters, lectures) that have been documented. The historian is responsible with the scholarly research, and the musicians with the musical product of the composer. Their findings are shared in rehearsals through discussions on how various circumstances may have led to the composer’s musical message, and together we try to find a convincing interpretation of the works presented. The culminating presentation is interdisciplinary- combining music, theatre, history, and literature. 


Founded by Mari Lee and Simon Lee, Salon Séance has won several awards including Tarisio’s Young Artists Grants and Britten Pears Foundation’s Britten Award for its uniqueness and creativity. We aim to instill in people interest and curiosity for music by helping them develop a personal connection to the composer and the music.