The tour will be the 9th for the Orchestra in the U.S. (the last one took place in 2000), and a 27th visit to Carnegie Hall. Pianists Daniil Trifonov and Maria João Pires will be the soloists accompanying the Orchestra and Kent Nagano, in works by Prokofiev and Beethoven in programs including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and the Firebird. The tour will begin on the U.S. East coast, with concerts in Washington, New York and Boston, and continue to Chicago and Ann Arbor before taking the Orchestra to the West coast in California, first to Palm Desert, then to San Diego, Santa Barbara, Rohnert Park and lastly Berkeley. The last tour of this importance in the U.S. took place 25 years ago, in 1989.
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Olivier Thouin, Associate Concertmaster at the OSM, went to the Crowden School in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 26, to give a master class to students there. Music is at the heart of this school’s program of studies. Its students, who are aged 9 to 14, spend two hours each morning studying music in a   Read More …




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The day before our concert in Santa Barbara I got a wonderful surprise: an email from Lucy Maxym, the wife of my former bassoon teacher, Stephen Maxym. Mr Maxym died in 2002, and I did not know that Mrs Maxym now lived in Santa Barbara. It was very moving to see her again and also   Read More …




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At the Los Angeles Airport LAX by Geneviève Dion, member of the administration accompanying the tour “Trust me, it will be far from being on vacation” wrote Pierre-Vincent Plante, English horn, on his Facebook page a few hours before his departure on tour. In fact, the OSM is participating in a true musical marathon since   Read More …




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The OSM musicians were given a very special welcome upon their arrival at the San Diego International Airport: Xiao Hong Fu, who was a member of the first violin section from 1984 to 2014 and who now lives in San Diego, came out to meet her former colleagues with a box filled with oranges! A   Read More …




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From left to right : Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet; Christopher P. Smith, trumpet; Jean-Luc Gagnon, 2nd trumpet ; Amy Horvey, trumpet et Taz Eddy, trumpet Growing up I spent nearly every weekend ( since I could drive ) in downtown Chicago playing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Civic Orchestra (training orchestra of   Read More …




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This morning, Kent Nagano and 5 OSM musicians (Principal clarinet Todd Cope, concertmaster Andrew Wan, associate violin Olivier Thouin, 2nd associate viola Victor Fournelle-Blain and principal cello Brian Manker) and Daniil Trifonov gave interviews and performances at the WFMT Classical studios in Chicago. Andrew Wan, Brian Manker and Daniil Trifonov performed the Trio élégiaque no.   Read More …




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I’m looking forward to the start of the American tour with both trepidation and excitement. Trepidation, because the tour will be an endurance test: ten concerts over 14 days starting on the East coast and ending in California. Excitement, because I’ve heard for years about Symphony Hall in Boston and Chicago Symphony Centre so I’m   Read More …




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(On the picture): Mathieu Harel, Martin Mangrum, Mark Romatz, Stéphane Lévesque and Michael Sundell at Carnegie Hall) The OSM bassonists are delighted to have Mark Romatz with them again for the US tour – Mark was with the OSM from 2000 to 2009 and is now with the MET Orchestra in New York. Welcome back,   Read More …




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Since 1999, I have the pleasure to be the principal saxophone and bass clarinet of the OSM. Part of my professional activities is dedicated to teaching, notably at the Music faculty of the Université de Montréal. It was then natural for me to accept to give a masterclass in New York and Boston. A masterclass   Read More …




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Transporting musical instruments across a country like the United –States is not an easy feat! For this tour, the harps, double-bass and percussions travel by truck to each of the 10 halls the OSM will perform. This special mission was given to Paul Sullivan. A resident of Myrtle Beach, he will drive his truck to   Read More …




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