The OSM returns to Montreal inspired, exhilarated, and full of the sights, sounds and unforgettable memories of our whirlwind South American tour. Over the course of two weeks we performed in sold-out halls to enthusiastic audiences, took in the wonderfully rich culture of five great cities, and made important friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. Our tour could not have come off so successfully without the professionalism and the endless generosity and hospitality of the various presenting organizations who hosted us.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank the many people involved in producing our concerts in each city and at each venue including our tour director, Enrique Muknik, our local presenters such as the Mozarteum, our incredible OSM stage hands and technicians and the great team of OSM administrators headed by Madeleine Careau, who supported us all so steadily behind the scenes.
I also invite all Montrealers to join me in offering hearty congratulations to the members of the OSM, our musicians, and our two soloists, Serhiy Salov and Andrew Wan, all of whom performed with admirable spirit, virtuosity and elegance at each concert – and to great public acclaim.
Many of the OSM members found the time to make important connections with local institutions, including giving several master classes and workshops; a generous and deeply appreciated gift of artistry in the ambassadorial Quebec spirit in which the OSM is committed.
All in all, we can be proud that our musicians were cultural ambassadors of the highest order, representing Montreal on the international stage. We were delighted to build on existing relationships with the audiences of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, while forging new ties with the people of Montevideo and Bogotá. Wherever we went, we discovered profound cultural inspiration, architecturally imposing and acoustically sensitive concert halls, provoking us to use the opportunity to explore new facets of the orchestral expression, tone and colour.
Most importantly, we discovered knowledgeable, sophisticated and passionate audiences, eager to show their appreciation for great music. We now return to home territory, where we began; but we return all the richer for our experiences abroad. As the Mozarteum president said, the tour was so special and of such an intense and exceptional level, this visit will be unforgettable for all who had the privilege to be there. This includes the OSM.
Bravo and congratulations to you and once again, thank you to all our supporters at home and elsewhere throughout the world.