August 2018
Thursday August 23 18 7:30 PM

OSM AT FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA CHANSON DE GRANBY

Palace de Granby

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Guest artists:

Isabelle Boulay
Marie Denise Pelletier
Luce Dufault
Safia Nolin
Fabienne Thibeault
Joanie Roussel
Émie Champagne

Pop
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents a unique concert as part of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. Under the artistic direction of Monique Giroux and the musical direction of Simon Leclerc, the concert will feature a few performers who have marked the Festival’s history : Isabelle Boulay, Marie Denise...
Friday August 24 18 7:00 PM

BENEFIT CONCERT AT THE SAINT-EUSTACHE CHURCH

Saint-Eustache

Adam Johnson, Conductor-in-residence

Timothy Chooi, violinist

Symphonic
The national historic site of the Saint-Eustache church, with its world-class acoustics, will be the venue of the equally historic return of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for a grand benefit concert on August 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The OSM returns to the place it made 80 recordings over 22 years, half of which garnered...
Wednesday August 29 18 8:00 PM

Olympics Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Kent Nagano, conductor

Cirque Éloize
Emmanuel Bilodeau, host and Classical Spree Ambassador

Free
Let yourself be whisked away to the world of The Thousand and One Nights with Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous symphonic suite Scheherazade – a classic to kick off the OSM Classical Spree! Maestro Kent Nagano invites you to join the OSM on a voyage from the Olympic Park’s Esplanade to the heart of legends from faraway lands. Dive headfirst...
Friday August 31 18 6:45 PM

1.Classical Music of Middle East

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Nazih Borish, oud
Didem Basar, kanun
Joseph Khoury, darbuka

Chamber Music
Three internationally acclaimed musicians – Nazih Borish on oud, Didem Basar on kanun, and Joseph Khoury on darbuka – perform classical music of the Arab world, offering a window onto the rich musical universe of Syrian and Turkish cultures.
Friday August 31 18 6:45 PM

2.Beethoven and Brahms: Chamber Works for Clarinet

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Todd Cope, clarinet
Anna Burden, cello
Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

Chamber Music
An intimate evening at the Salle Claude-Léveillée features two great clarinet trios by none other than Beethoven and Brahms. Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári – first prize winner at the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal – performs alongside OSM musicians Todd Cope and Anna Burden
Friday August 31 18 7:00 PM

3 & 30.KENT NAGANO CELEBRATES THE GREAT CHORUSES OF WAGNER AND VERDI

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

The OSM Chorus
Kent Nagano, conductor
Andrew Megill, OSM chorus master

Symphonic
Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM Chorus present the choral and orchestral works of Wagner and Verdi, two leading lights of German and Italian Romanticism. The concert features the most beautiful excerpts from the operas Aida, Nabucco, Tannhaüser and Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), all examples of the grandiose use that was made of choruses...
Friday August 31 18 7:00 PM

4.Paul Lewis Plays Haydn and Brahms

Cinquième Salle

Classical Spree

Paul Lewis, piano

Recital
Internationally renowned London pianist Paul Lewis offers a recital of Haydn and Brahms. Haydn’s light, Mozartian Piano Sonata no. 59 sparkles with affection and good humour, while Brahms’s Klavierstücke op. 119 are grand, fierce, and delicate all at once, an illustration of Brahms’s maturity and taste in his final works for piano....
Friday August 31 18 8:30 PM

5.Alexei Volodin Plays Chamber Music with the OSM

Cinquième Salle

Classical Spree

Andrew Wan, violin
Alexander Read, violin
Neal Gripp, viola
Brian Manker, cello
Alexei Volodin, piano

Chamber Music
Russian pianist Alexei Volodin – whose 2017 visit to Montreal was very warmly received – joins a small ensemble of OSM musicians to perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet. Volodin will set the mood with two of Medtner’s lively Tales!
Friday August 31 18 8:30 PM

6.Debussy and Gounod Quartets

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Fine Arts Quartet
Ralph Evans, violin
Efim Boico, violin
Gil Sharon, viola
Niklas Schmidt, cello

Chamber Music
The distinguished American Fine Arts Quartet performs two French string quartets: one by Debussy – a gem of its time, the String Quartet in G minor – and one by Gounod, best-known as a beloved composer of opera.
Friday August 31 18 8:45 PM

7.FOLKLORE AND HUNGARIAN DANCES

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Kent Nagano, conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin, GRAMMY award winner for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance

Symphonic
Kent Nagano invites you to traverse the picturesque villages of Hungary in the company of Brahms, Kodály and Bartók. Tinged with nostalgia and arousing an irrepressible desire to dance and revel in traditional festivities, the Hungarian Dance no. 6 and Dances of Galánta capture the imagination with their rhythmic verve and poignant...
September 2018
Saturday September 1 18 10:30 AM

8.Little Red Riding Hood

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Kent Nagano, conductor
Alexandra Sicard, Little Red Riding Hood
Dominique Côté, the Wolf
Sophie Clément, the Grandmother
Martine Francke, the Mother/the Owl
Charles Dauphinais, stage director
Elisabeth Sirois, author

Family
The story of Little Red Riding Hood is an intergenerational classic. Join Kent Nagano and the OSM for the adventures of this brave, lively, and slightly rebellious young girl who lets her guard down on the way to her grandmother’s house. The orchestra will set the scene – unless the Big Bad Wolf can stop them!
Saturday September 1 18 11:00 AM

9.Alexei Volodin Plays Sleeping Beauty

5e Salle

Classical Spree

Alexei Volodin, piano

Recital
Virtuoso pianist Alexei Volodin returns to Montreal after his memorable debut with the OSM last year. This time, he will perform an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, which was an immediate success at its 1890 premiere, and has lost none of its charm since then.
Saturday September 1 18 11:00 AM

10.Schumann and Chopin Romances

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Brian Manker, cello
Wei-Tang Huang, piano

Recital
Brian Manker, principal cellist of the OSM, joins pianist Wei-Tang Huang for two highlights of the Romantic chamber repertoire: intricate musical creations by Chopin and Schumann, featuring the cello at its most lyrical.
Saturday September 1 18 11:30 AM

11.The King of Cimbalom

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Alexandru Sura, cimbalom
Veronica Ungureanu, violin
Dumitru Besleaga, kobza (oud)
Roman Manolache, double bass

Chamber Music
Experience the stunning virtuosity of Alexandru Sura on the cimbalom – the “gypsy piano” typical of Eastern European music – accompanied by brilliant performances on the violin, kobza, and double bass. An opportunity to explore this unique world music repertoire, with tunes played at breakneck speed alongside slow, poignant...
Saturday September 1 18 12:15 PM

12.Infinitely Bach

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Kent Nagano, conductor
Chamber orchestra of OSM musicians
Mayumi Seiler, violin
Vincent Lauzer, recorder
Caroline Tremblay, recorder
Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord
Geneviève Soly, harpsichord
Mark Edwards, harpsichord

Symphonic
You are invited to join Kent Nagano and the OSM for this concert devoted to Johann Sebastian Bach – perhaps the most important composer in the history of classical music. Among other gems, the program features the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto, which illustrates Bach’s incomparable genius for counterpoint and fugue.
Saturday September 1 18 1:00 PM

13.Pierrot Lunaire

5e Salle

Classical Spree

Adam Johnson, Conductor-in-residence
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin (Enescu and Stravinsky) and Sprechstimme
Axel Strauss, violin (Schoenberg)
Neal Gripp, viola
Matt Haimovitz, cello
André Moisan, clarinet and bass clarinet
Albert Brouwer, flute
Brigitte Poulin, piano

Chamber Music
Schoenberg’s song cycle Pierrot lunaire, for voice and small instrumental ensemble, has had a profound influence on the history of music. Presented here in three parts interspersed with works by Enescu and Stravinsky, this expressionist masterpiece sets twenty-one poems by the Belgian poet Albert Giraud, translated into German by Otto...
Saturday September 1 18 1:15 PM

14.The Solo Tuba Takes on Don Quixote

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Austin Howle, tuba
Pamela Reimer, piano

Recital
Virtuoso tuba player Austin Howle, who enjoys an international career as a soloist, has a dazzling treat for Montreal music lovers: a rich selection of works for tuba, accompanied by outstanding pianist Pamela Reimer.
Saturday September 1 18 2:00 PM

15.Kent Nagano Conducts the Viennese Classics

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Paul Lewis, piano
Classical Spree Ensemble

Symphonic
Lovers of classical music love Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II. The OSM presents Strauss’ magnificent Emperor Waltz – the quintessential Viennese music – and Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 27, preceded by the rousing overture to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
Saturday September 1 18 2:00 PM

16.Opera Candy: The Delicious Adventures of Hansel and Gretel

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Cécile Muhire, soprano - Gretel
Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano - Hansel
Guillaume Rodrigue, actor and singer - Narration
Carl Matthieu Neher, piano
Alain Gauthier, stage director

Family
With this musical version of the singular story of Hansel and Gretel, candy-lovers everywhere will find that opera has never been so close to their hearts. Discover a new generation of Canadian musicians in this sweet operatic treat filled with playfulness and comedy. This concert offers a delicious introduction to opera and classical...
Saturday September 1 18 2:45 PM

17.Haydn’s “The Lark”

Cinquième Salle

Classical Spree

Fine Arts Quartet
Ralph Evans, violin
Efim Boico, violin
Gil Sharon, viola
Niklas Schmidt, cello

Chamber Music
Enjoy the grace and finesse of the Classical string quartet in an intimate concert with the Fine Arts Quartet, featuring Haydn’s “The Lark” – a highlight of the op. 64 quartets – and Mendelssohn’s First String Quartet.
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Saturday September 1 18 3:45 PM

18.An Unusual Trio: Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Theodore Baskin, oboe
Stéphane Lévesque, bassoon
Stéphane Lemelin, piano

Chamber Music
This chamber concert showcases a selection of delightful double reed repertoire from the early twentieth century. Dedicated to composer Manuel de Falla, Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano is one of his most beautiful chamber works.
Saturday September 1 18 4:00 PM

19.Laurel and Hardy: Organ and Film

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Gabriel Thibaudeau, organ

Family
The OSM Classical Spree is proud to present Laurel and Hardy – perhaps the best-known comedy duo of all time! Two films from the late 1920s, You’re Darn Tootin’ and Big Business, will be screened at the Maison symphonique with live accompaniment by Gabriel Thibaudeau, past master of the silent film soundtrack.
Saturday September 1 18 4:30 PM

20.The Violin from Clara Schumann to Janáček

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Mayumi Seiler, violin
Kenny Broberg, piano

Recital
Violinist Mayumi Seiler’s talent and versatility are on display in a recital featuring Smetana, Janáček, and Clara Schumann, accompanied by Kenny Broberg on piano.
Saturday September 1 18 4:45 PM

21.La Fontaine’s Fables

Cinquième Salle

Classical Spree

Catherine Perrin, harpsichord and narration
Ariane Lajoie, Violin
Joshua Peters, violin
Sofia Gentile, viola
Sylvain Murray, cello

Chamber Music
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of Jean de La Fontaine’s classic Fables, the OSM offers musical settings of a few select excerpts in string quartet form. Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Denis Gougeon will accompany narration by Catherine Perrin, for an afternoon of poetry and storytelling.
Saturday September 1 18 5:15 PM

22.Marina Thibeault in Recital

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Marina Thibeault, viola
Marie-Ève Scarfone, piano

Recital
Marina Thibeault, one of the 2016-2017 Révélations Radio-Canada, performs two magnificent works from the solo viola repertoire: Schumann’s Märchenbilder, which brings mysterious German fairy tales to life, and the Viola Sonata by British composer and violist Rebecca Clarke.
Saturday September 1 18 6:00 PM

23.Steve Hill’s Electrifying Return to the OSM

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Kent Nagano, conductor
Steve Hill, electric guitar

Symphonic
After a highly acclaimed performance at the Maison Symphonique in February, Steve Hill and his electric guitar are back by popular demand for a second performance of John Anthony Lennon’s Electric Candlelight Concerto. Witness a masterpiece brought to life by one of the most versatile guitarists in his generation!
Saturday September 1 18 6:00 PM

24.The Romantic Flute

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Benjamin Morency, flute
2017 OSM Manulife Competition winner
Hugues Cloutier, piano

Recital
Flutist and 2017 OSM Manulife Competition winner Benjamin Morency offers a must-see recital featuring Schubert’s Introduction and Variations for flute and piano. Imbued with poetry, this lovely posthumous work shines a spotlight on the delicacy, agility and virtuosity of both instrument and soloist.
Saturday September 1 18 6:30 PM

25.Scenes from Bach and Schumann

Cinquième Salle

Classical Spree

Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

Recital
Pianist Zoltán Fejérvári presents some of the most evocative works by Schumann and Bach. Bach’s Capriccio laments the departure of the composer’s elder brother, who was leaving to serve the Swedish King: the movements describe his friends’ efforts to dissuade him and their eventual farewells. Schumann depicts scenes from the...
Saturday September 1 18 7:00 PM

26.Shostakovich and Mendelssohn Trios

Salle Claude-Léveillée

Classical Spree

Axel Strauss, violin
Matt Haimovitz, cello
Stéphane Lemelin, piano

Chamber Music
Three musicians renowned for their musicality and the intensity of their performance come together to perform chamber works by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn – a rich encounter that promises to create a delectable summer concert.
Saturday September 1 18 7:40 PM

27.TCHAIKOVSKY’S CELEBRATED PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

Kent Nagano, conductor
Alexei Volodin, piano

Symphonic
On the heels of his resounding success in Montreal last November, pianist Alexei Volodin returns to the OSM and Kent Nagano. Regarded as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation, Volodin this time brings his masterful technique and musical refinement to a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no. 1. One of the most beloved...
Saturday September 1 18 8:00 PM

28.Piano in the Spotlight

Piano Nobile

Classical Spree

Kenny Broberg, piano

Recital
Pianist Kenny Broberg, silver medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pays a visit to Montreal. His eclectic recital covers three composers, three eras, and two continents: Bach, Beethoven and Barber!
Saturday September 1 18 8:30 PM

29.Paul Lewis Plays Mozart

Cinquième Salle

Paul Lewis, piano
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Nikki Chooi, violin
Lambert Chen, viola
Cameron Crozman, cello

Chamber Music
Internationally renowned pianist Paul Lewis presents Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 12 in an intimate version for string quartet and piano. Mozart himself composed two cadenzas for every movement of this warm and light-hearted Viennese concerto.
Saturday September 1 18 9:30 PM

3 & 30.KENT NAGANO CELEBRATES THE GREAT CHORUSES OF WAGNER AND VERDI

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

The OSM Chorus
Kent Nagano, conductor
Andrew Megill, OSM chorus master

Symphonic
Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM Chorus present the choral and orchestral works of Wagner and Verdi, two leading lights of German and Italian Romanticism. The concert features the most beautiful excerpts from the operas Aida, Nabucco, Tannhaüser and Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), all examples of the grandiose use that was made of choruses...
Sunday September 2 18 11:30 AM

31.Closing Concert: A Chorus of voices

Maison Symphonique

Classical Spree

5 Choirs of the Alliance chorale du Québec
HAYK VOCAL QUARTET
LE CHŒUR DE L'ART NEUF
ENSEMBLE VOCAL KATIMAVIK
LA PETITE BANDE DE MONTRÉAL
MODULATION
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ
With the participation of Kent Nagano

Symphonic
The OSM Classical Spree will finish in style with no fewer than five Alliance chorale du Québec ensembles! The assembled choirs will perform a wide range of choral music, as well as a song by the great Gilles Vigneault. Finally, all five groups will come together to perform Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” under Maestro Nagano – a...
Sunday September 2 18 7:30 P.M

THE OSM IN THE PARKS: Tremblant

Tremblant

Kent Nagano, conductor

Free
Maestro Kent Nagano takes you on a journey into the heart of legends faraway lands. Plunge into the exotic world of The Thousand and One Nights as you listen to Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous orchestral suite. Let your imagination be fired by this rich kaleidoscope of Oriental folk tales.
Thursday September 6 18 7:00 PM

THE RITE OF SPRING AND RAVEL’S BOLÉRO OPEN THE 85TH SEASON OF THE OSM

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Owen McCausland, tenor
Geoffroy Salvas, baritone
Charles Dauphinais, stage director
Florent Vollant, Innu narration (SEP 6)
Akinisie Sivuarapik, Inuktitut narration (SEP 8)

Symphonic
The OSM launches its 85th season with two of its signature works: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Boléro. Alongside the dazzling percussive rhythms of these two masterpieces, the OSM presents Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest, a new chamber opera based on Cree legend. Ritual, dance, and an ode to the Earth!
Saturday September 8 18 8:00 PM

THE RITE OF SPRING AND RAVEL’S BOLÉRO OPEN THE 85TH SEASON OF THE OSM

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Owen McCausland, tenor
Geoffroy Salvas, baritone
Charles Dauphinais, stage director
Florent Vollant, Innu narration (SEP 6)
Akinisie Sivuarapik, Inuktitut narration (SEP 8)

Symphonic
The OSM launches its 85th season with two of its signature works: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Boléro. Alongside the dazzling percussive rhythms of these two masterpieces, the OSM presents Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest, a new chamber opera based on Cree legend. Ritual, dance, and an ode to the Earth!
Tuesday September 11 18 8:00 PM

LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Les Cowboys Fringants

Pop
After nine albums, twelve Félix Awards and an extraordinary two-decade career, Quebec folk rock group Les Cowboys Fringants steps into the spotlight at the Maison symphonique. Known for their incisive lyrics and irresistible groove, the band will perform a number of their greatest hits in concert with the OSM.
Wednesday September 12 18 8:00 PM

LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Les Cowboys Fringants

Pop
After nine albums, twelve Félix Awards and an extraordinary two-decade career, Quebec folk rock group Les Cowboys Fringants steps into the spotlight at the Maison symphonique. Known for their incisive lyrics and irresistible groove, the band will perform a number of their greatest hits in concert with the OSM.
Thursday September 13 18 8:00 PM

LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Les Cowboys Fringants

Pop
After nine albums, twelve Félix Awards and an extraordinary two-decade career, Quebec folk rock group Les Cowboys Fringants steps into the spotlight at the Maison symphonique. Known for their incisive lyrics and irresistible groove, the band will perform a number of their greatest hits in concert with the OSM.
Friday September 14 18 8:00 PM

LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Les Cowboys Fringants

Pop
After nine albums, twelve Félix Awards and an extraordinary two-decade career, Quebec folk rock group Les Cowboys Fringants steps into the spotlight at the Maison symphonique. Known for their incisive lyrics and irresistible groove, the band will perform a number of their greatest hits in concert with the OSM.
Thursday September 27 18 10:30 AM

BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” AND THE BRILLIANCE OF MOZART

Maison Symphonique

Rafael Payare, conductor

Rafael Payare, conductor
Andrew Wan, violin

Symphonic
Mozart and Beethoven, the leading lights of Viennese classicism, take center stage in a concert celebrating the extraordinary beauty of their music. OSM concertmaster Andrew Wan performs Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto, showcasing the brilliance and creativity of the young composer.
Thursday September 27 18 8:00 PM

BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” AND THE BRILLIANCE OF MOZART

Maison Symphonique

Rafael Payare, conductor

Rafael Payare, conductor
Andrew Wan, violin

Symphonic
Mozart and Beethoven, the leading lights of Viennese classicism, take center stage in a concert celebrating the extraordinary beauty of their music. OSM concertmaster Andrew Wan performs Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto, showcasing the brilliance and creativity of the young composer.
Friday September 28 18 6:30 PM

SCHUBERT’S OCTET

Bourgie Hall

Andrew Wan, violin
Olivier Thouin, violin
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
Brian Manker, cello
Ali Kian Yazdanfar, double bass
Todd Cope, clarinet
Stéphane Lévesque, bassoon
John Zirbel, horn

Chamber Music
October 2018
Tuesday October 2 18 8:00 PM

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV’S SCHEHERAZADE

Maison Symphonique

James Feddeck, conductor

Truls Mørk, cello

Symphonic
New York conductor James Feddeck returns to conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work: Scheherazade, an orchestral suite inspired by The Thousand and One Nights. Rimsky-Korsakov’s student Prokofiev rounds out the program with his Sinfonia concertante, an intimate dialogue between orchestra and cello, with Norwegian cellist Truls...
Wednesday October 3 18 8:00 PM

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV’S SCHEHERAZADE

Maison Symphonique

James Feddeck, conductor

Truls Mørk, cello

Symphonic
New York conductor James Feddeck returns to conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work: Scheherazade, an orchestral suite inspired by The Thousand and One Nights. Rimsky-Korsakov’s student Prokofiev rounds out the program with his Sinfonia concertante, an intimate dialogue between orchestra and cello, with Norwegian cellist Truls...
Thursday October 11 18 8:00 PM

Charles Richard-Hamelin performs Chopin In honor of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Symphonic
Praised for the unwavering delicacy and musicality of his playing, Charles Richard-Hamelin (silver medalist of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition) performs the two Chopin piano concertos – quintessential Romantic piano music – with the OSM and Kent Nagano. This collaboration will be immortalised on an Analekta recording.
Friday October 12 18 7:00 PM

Charles Richard-Hamelin performs Chopin In honor of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Symphonic
Praised for the unwavering delicacy and musicality of his playing, Charles Richard-Hamelin (silver medalist of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition) performs the two Chopin piano concertos – quintessential Romantic piano music – with the OSM and Kent Nagano. This collaboration will be immortalised on an Analekta recording.
Sunday October 14 18 2:30 PM

Charles Richard-Hamelin performs Chopin In honor of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Symphonic
Praised for the unwavering delicacy and musicality of his playing, Charles Richard-Hamelin (silver medalist of the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition) performs the two Chopin piano concertos – quintessential Romantic piano music – with the OSM and Kent Nagano. This collaboration will be immortalised on an Analekta recording.
Thursday October 18 18 10:30 AM

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

Maison Symphonique

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Symphonic
The renowned Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program of Tchaikovsky, complemented by Marc-André Dalbavie’s La source d’un regard. The Russian composer’s sublime Violin Concerto features alongside his Fifth Symphony, an enduring testament to the lyricism and power of his work.
Thursday October 18 18 8:00 PM

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

Maison Symphonique

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Symphonic
The renowned Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program of Tchaikovsky, complemented by Marc-André Dalbavie’s La source d’un regard. The Russian composer’s sublime Violin Concerto features alongside his Fifth Symphony, an enduring testament to the lyricism and power of his work.
Saturday October 20 18 8:00 PM

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS TCHAIKOVSKY

Maison Symphonique

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Symphonic
The renowned Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program of Tchaikovsky, complemented by Marc-André Dalbavie’s La source d’un regard. The Russian composer’s sublime Violin Concerto features alongside his Fifth Symphony, an enduring testament to the lyricism and power of his work.
Wednesday October 24 18 8:00 PM

RICHARD STRAUSS’ AN ALPINE SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique

Juraj Valcuha, conductor

André Laplante, piano

Symphonic
Richard Strauss’ evocative Alpine Symphony takes the listener on a day’s journey through the majestic Bavarian Alps, from dawn until dusk. Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto provides contrast, giving center stage to the distinguished Quebec pianist André Laplante.
Thursday October 25 18 8:00 PM

RICHARD STRAUSS’ AN ALPINE SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique

Juraj Valcuha, conductor

André Laplante, piano

Symphonic
Richard Strauss’ evocative Alpine Symphony takes the listener on a day’s journey through the majestic Bavarian Alps, from dawn until dusk. Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto provides contrast, giving center stage to the distinguished Quebec pianist André Laplante.
Tuesday October 30 18 8:00 PM

A SYMPHONY OF HORROR

Maison Symphonique

Thierry Escaich, organ

Recital
In 1922, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau brought Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula to the silver screen with the silent horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Thierry Escaich will accompany this masterpiece of German expressionism on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. An evening of thrills and chills for all!
Wednesday October 31 18 8:00 PM

HALLOWEEN ATMOSPHERES

Maison Symphonique

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Symphonic
This colourful concert opens with the eerie sounds of Ligeti’s Atmosphères, followed by the rollicking adventures of the magic broom in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Liszt’s Totentanz, or Dance of the Dead. The action does not letup with Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin–a pantomime set in a house of ill repute.
November 2018
Thursday November 1 18 10:30 AM

HALLOWEEN ATMOSPHERES

Maison Symphonique

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Symphonic
This colourful concert opens with the eerie sounds of Ligeti’s Atmosphères, followed by the rollicking adventures of the magic broom in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Liszt’s Totentanz, or Dance of the Dead. The action does not letup with Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin–a pantomime set in a house of ill repute.
Thursday November 1 18 7:00 PM

HALLOWEEN ATMOSPHERES

Maison Symphonique

François-Xavier Roth, conductor

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Symphonic
This colourful concert opens with the eerie sounds of Ligeti’s Atmosphères, followed by the rollicking adventures of the magic broom in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Liszt’s Totentanz, or Dance of the Dead. The action does not letup with Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin–a pantomime set in a house of ill repute.
Tuesday November 6 18 8:00 PM

THE OSM AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S CITY LIGHTS

Maison Symphonique

Timothy Brock, conductor

Symphonic
The OSM plays live accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film City Lights, starring the famous Tramp. A unique opportunity to (re)visit this classic, with an orchestral twist!
Thursday November 8 18 8:00 PM

BLAKE POULIOT PLAYS THE SIBELIUS CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

David Afkham, conductor

Blake Pouliot, violin (2016 OSM Manulife Competition winner)

Symphonic
Under the baton of German conductor David Afkham, Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot – Grand Prize winner of the 2016 OSM Manulife Competition – performs the renowned Sibelius Violin Concerto. Bruckner’s Third Symphony completes the program: a classic of the orchestral repertoire, it is dedicated to Richard Wagner, whom Bruckner...
Sunday November 11 18 2:30 PM

BLAKE POULIOT PLAYS THE SIBELIUS CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

David Afkham, conductor

Blake Pouliot, violin (2016 OSM Manulife Competition winner)

Symphonic
Under the baton of German conductor David Afkham, Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot – Grand Prize winner of the 2016 OSM Manulife Competition – performs the renowned Sibelius Violin Concerto. Bruckner’s Third Symphony completes the program: a classic of the orchestral repertoire, it is dedicated to Richard Wagner, whom Bruckner...
Tuesday November 13 18 8:00 PM

TILL FELLNER IN MOZART’S LAST PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Alain Altinoglu, conductor

Till Fellner, piano
Jennifer Swartz, harp

Symphonic
Piano and harp share the spotlight on this concert, featuring pianist Till Fellner in Mozart’s last piano concerto and harpist Jennifer Swartz in Debussy’s Danses. To round off the program, the OSM revisits one of its first major recordings, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
Wednesday November 14 18 8:00 PM

TILL FELLNER IN MOZART’S LAST PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Alain Altinoglu, conductor

Till Fellner, piano
Jennifer Swartz, harp

Symphonic
Piano and harp share the spotlight on this concert, featuring pianist Till Fellner in Mozart’s last piano concerto and harpist Jennifer Swartz in Debussy’s Danses. To round off the program, the OSM revisits one of its first major recordings, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
Friday November 16 18 6:30 PM

PIANO, HARP, AND WINDS

Bourgie Hall

Vincent Boilard, oboe*
Alain Desgagné, clarinet
Stéphane Lévesque, bassoon*
Denys Derome, horn*
Stéphane Lemelin, piano*
Competition juges to be confirmed (piano and harp)

Chamber Music
Sunday November 18 18 2:00 PM

THE ADVENTURES OF MAESTRO PUSS IN BOOTS

Maison Symphonique

Adam Johnson, conductor

Didier Lucien, actor
Marc St-Martin, actor
Antoine Vézina, actor
Lili Francke-Robitaille, actress
Geoffroy Salvas, baritone
Charles Dauphinais, stage director
Elisabeth Sirois, author

Family
A poor miller wants to become as rich as… the Marquis of Carabas? Find out whether he succeeds in this musical fairy tale, in which a charming, crafty cat turns his master’s fate upside down with the help of only some well-waxed boots.
Thursday November 29 18 10:30 AM

DVOŘÁK, SCHUBERT AND SCHUMANN

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Martin Helmchen, piano

Symphonic
Kent Nagano conducts Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, one of the composer’s most profound and mature works, alongside Schubert’s charming Die Zauberharfe overture. On the same program, German pianist Martin Helmchen graces Montreal audiences with his performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which he recorded in 2009.
Thursday November 29 18 8:00 PM

DVOŘÁK, SCHUBERT AND SCHUMANN

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Martin Helmchen, piano

Symphonic
Kent Nagano conducts Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, one of the composer’s most profound and mature works, alongside Schubert’s charming Die Zauberharfe overture. On the same program, German pianist Martin Helmchen graces Montreal audiences with his performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which he recorded in 2009.
Friday November 30 18 7:00 PM

DVOŘÁK, SCHUBERT AND SCHUMANN

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Martin Helmchen, piano

Symphonic
Kent Nagano conducts Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, one of the composer’s most profound and mature works, alongside Schubert’s charming Die Zauberharfe overture. On the same program, German pianist Martin Helmchen graces Montreal audiences with his performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which he recorded in 2009.
December 2018
Tuesday December 4 18 7:30 PM

BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Marie-Nicole Lemieux,
mezzo-soprano
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM holiday tradition continues with one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most touching and majestic sacred works, the Mass in B minor. A perfect opportunity to contemplate the beauty of Bach’s music while savoring the glorious voices of four outstanding soloists and the OSM Chorus.
Wednesday December 5 18 7:30 PM

BACH’S MASS IN B MINOR

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Marie-Nicole Lemieux,
mezzo-soprano
Julian Prégardien, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM holiday tradition continues with one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most touching and majestic sacred works, the Mass in B minor. A perfect opportunity to contemplate the beauty of Bach’s music while savoring the glorious voices of four outstanding soloists and the OSM Chorus.
Wednesday December 12 18 8:00 PM

LES JOURS DE LA SEMELLE

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Fred Pellerin, storyteller
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
René Richard Cyr, stage director
Andrew Gray, choir director

Symphonic
Kent Nagano and the OSM once again join forces with renowned storyteller Fred Pellerin, weaving an all-new tale for the holidays. Together, they marry wild and wonderful words with the majesty of music. Concerts presented in French only
Thursday December 13 18 8:00 PM

LES JOURS DE LA SEMELLE

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Fred Pellerin, storyteller
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
René Richard Cyr, stage director
Andrew Gray, choir director

Symphonic
Kent Nagano and the OSM once again join forces with renowned storyteller Fred Pellerin, weaving an all-new tale for the holidays. Together, they marry wild and wonderful words with the majesty of music. Concerts presented in French only
Friday December 14 18 8:00 PM

LES JOURS DE LA SEMELLE

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Fred Pellerin, storyteller
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
René Richard Cyr, stage director
Andrew Gray, choir director

Symphonic
Kent Nagano and the OSM once again join forces with renowned storyteller Fred Pellerin, weaving an all-new tale for the holidays. Together, they marry wild and wonderful words with the majesty of music. Concerts presented in French only
Saturday December 15 18 2:30 PM

LES JOURS DE LA SEMELLE

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Fred Pellerin, storyteller
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
René Richard Cyr, stage director
Andrew Gray, choir director

Symphonic
Kent Nagano and the OSM once again join forces with renowned storyteller Fred Pellerin, weaving an all-new tale for the holidays. Together, they marry wild and wonderful words with the majesty of music. Concerts presented in French only
Saturday December 15 18 8:00 PM

LES JOURS DE LA SEMELLE

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Fred Pellerin, storyteller
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
René Richard Cyr, stage director
Andrew Gray, choir director

Symphonic
Kent Nagano and the OSM once again join forces with renowned storyteller Fred Pellerin, weaving an all-new tale for the holidays. Together, they marry wild and wonderful words with the majesty of music. Concerts presented in French only
Tuesday December 18 18 7:30 PM

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Maison Symphonique

Paul McCreesh, conductor

Sarah Wegener, soprano
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Rupert Charlesworth, tenor
Russell Braun, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
This year, the OSM revives one of its most beloved traditions: celebrating the holiday season with Handel’s Messiah. As always, the stirring Hallelujah Chorus – which never fails to bring crowds to their feet – will be the crowning glory of this timeless holiday classic.
January 2019
Tuesday January 8 19 8:00 PM

THE ARTIST, LIVE

Maison Symphonique

Dina Gilbert, conductor

Lorraine Desmarais, piano

Symphonic
Michel Hazanavicius’ 2011 silent film The Artist is a loving tribute to 1920s cinema that garnered over a hundred awards and recognitions in 2012 – including the Oscar for Best Picture. The OSM plays the original soundtrack to this cinematic gem, live!
Saturday January 12 19 8:00 PM

ALAIN LEFÈVRE PLAYS TCHAIKOSVKY’S FIRST CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

Alain Lefèvre, piano

Symphonic
Quebec pianist Alain Lefèvre performs Tchaikosvky’s majestic First Piano Concerto, alongside the overture to Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier suite. The famous “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome rounds out this captivatingly lyrical program.
Sunday January 13 19 2:30 PM

ALAIN LEFÈVRE PLAYS TCHAIKOSVKY’S FIRST CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

Alain Lefèvre, piano

Symphonic
Quebec pianist Alain Lefèvre performs Tchaikosvky’s majestic First Piano Concerto, alongside the overture to Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict and Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier suite. The famous “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome rounds out this captivatingly lyrical program.
Wednesday January 16 19 8:00 PM

MAHLER’S FOURTH SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique

David Robertson, conductor

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Grand Prize winner of the 2018
OSM Manulife Competition (piano or harp)

Symphonic
American conductor David Robertson leads Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, featuring the celestial voice of Karina Gauvin in the last movement, “Das himmlische Leben” (The Heavenly Life). On the same program, the OSM shines in the brilliant orchestration of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose).
Thursday January 17 19 10:30 AM

MAHLER’S FOURTH SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique

David Robertson, conductor

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Grand Prize winner of the 2018
OSM Manulife Competition (piano or harp)

Symphonic
American conductor David Robertson leads Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, featuring the celestial voice of Karina Gauvin in the last movement, “Das himmlische Leben” (The Heavenly Life). On the same program, the OSM shines in the brilliant orchestration of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose).
Thursday January 17 19 8:00 PM

MAHLER’S FOURTH SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique

David Robertson, conductor

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Grand Prize winner of the 2018
OSM Manulife Competition (piano or harp)

Symphonic
American conductor David Robertson leads Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, featuring the celestial voice of Karina Gauvin in the last movement, “Das himmlische Leben” (The Heavenly Life). On the same program, the OSM shines in the brilliant orchestration of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose).
Saturday January 26 19 8:00 PM

LEIF OVE ANDSNES

Maison Symphonique

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Recital
Praised by The New York Times for his “magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to Montreal to perform Schumann, Janáček, and Bartók.
Sunday January 27 19 2:00 PM

PETER AND THE WOLF

Maison Symphonique

Adam Johnson, conductor

Patrice Bélanger, host and narrator
Myriam Boucher, video artist

Family
Discover the orchestra with Prokofiev’s beloved symphonic fairy tale. Every character has an instrument – the strings play Peter, the horns play the wolf, and the bassoon plays the part of the grumbling grandfather. A favourite for music-lovers of all ages!
Thursday January 31 19 8:00 PM

THE SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE…ON THE ORGAN!

Maison Symphonique

Isabelle Demers, organ

Recital
Regarded as one of the most virtuosic organists in North America, Isabelle Demers presents a program showcasing organ symphonies by French composers from the end of the Romantic period. The public will hear her perform her own special arrangement of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
February 2019
Thursday February 7 19 8:00 PM

Brahms and the Art of Film : Symphony no. 1

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Kent Nagano, conductor
Veronika Eberle, violin
André Moisan, bass clarinet

Symphonic
With his magnificent First Symphony, sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth,” it is considered that Brahms picked up the torch for the great symphonic tradition. Rounding out the program will be one of Mozart’s best-known concertos, performed by the astonishingly talented Veronika Eberle, and a commission by Simon Bertrand...
Friday February 8 19 7:00 PM

Brahms and the Art of Film : Symphony no. 2

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

Symphonic
Newly smitten with the symphonic genre, Brahms composed his Symphony no. 2 in less than a year. Irresistibly seductive from the opening bars, the work revealed a more classical side of the composer, and its success eclipsed that of the First Symphony. Influenced by Brahms, R. Strauss composed Burlesque for piano and orchestra, which is...
Saturday February 9 19 8:00 PM

Brahms and the Art of Film : Symphony no. 3

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Veronika Eberle, violin

Symphonic
At the time of its creation, the success of Brahms’ Symphony no. 3 could be felt all the way to America. Even while it evokes a whole range of feelings, it is the heroism that emerges emerging from the work that makes it so stirring. World-renowned soloist Veronika Eberle completes the program with Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, a work...
Sunday February 10 19 2:30 PM

Brahms and the Art of Film : Symphony no. 4

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

Symphonic
The OSM presents Brahms’ final orchestral work, his Symphony no. 4, which reveals the full weight of the composer’s torment and fervour. A true masterpiece of the piano repertoire, Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4 will be performed by the renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will perform a true...
Tuesday February 12 19 8:00 PM

DON JUAN

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Félix Gray, text and music

Symphonic
Acclaimed by audiences across Canada, France and South Korea – more than 600000 spectators total – the Don Juan musical is back, this time in a symphonic version! Presented by the OSM and evenko, this evening of “quality entertainment” (Le Devoir) will feature Marie-Ève Janvier, Jean-François Breau and Mario Pelchat. Music and...
Thursday February 14 19 8:00 PM

DON JUAN

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Félix Gray, text and music

Symphonic
Acclaimed by audiences across Canada, France and South Korea – more than 600000 spectators total – the Don Juan musical is back, this time in a symphonic version! Presented by the OSM and evenko, this evening of “quality entertainment” (Le Devoir) will feature Marie-Ève Janvier, Jean-François Breau and Mario Pelchat. Music and...
Friday February 15 19 8:00 PM

DON JUAN

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Félix Gray, text and music

Symphonic
Acclaimed by audiences across Canada, France and South Korea – more than 600000 spectators total – the Don Juan musical is back, this time in a symphonic version! Presented by the OSM and evenko, this evening of “quality entertainment” (Le Devoir) will feature Marie-Ève Janvier, Jean-François Breau and Mario Pelchat. Music and...
Saturday February 16 19 8:00 PM

DON JUAN

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Félix Gray, text and music

Symphonic
Acclaimed by audiences across Canada, France and South Korea – more than 600000 spectators total – the Don Juan musical is back, this time in a symphonic version! Presented by the OSM and evenko, this evening of “quality entertainment” (Le Devoir) will feature Marie-Ève Janvier, Jean-François Breau and Mario Pelchat. Music and...
Friday February 22 19 8:00 PM

IMPROV AND ORGAN MATCH

Maison Symphonique

François-Étienne Paré, master of ceremonies
Vincent Bolduc, actor
Réal Bossé, actor
Sophie Caron, actor
Salomé Corbo, actor
Didier Lucien, actor
Mélanie Barney, organ
Alcée Chriss III, organ
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ, OSM organist in residence
André Moisan, clarinet and saxophone

Recital
We often forget that improvisation is an integral part of mastering the organ. This heated musical and theatrical improv match between two teams of organists and actors will banish any doubt. Discover these versatile artists in an unusual and memorable concert that combines intensity, surprises and a lot of fun!
Saturday February 23 19 8:00 PM

SOUTH AMERICA ACCORDING TO THE OSM

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Andrew Wan, violin
Soprano to be announced

Symphonic
This concert, directed by Kent Nagano, covers a rich and eclectic assortment of times and places. After dance suites by Ravel and Bach (including Bach’s Suite in D major, one of the best-known works in the repertoire), the Orchestra turns to South America, with Ginastera’s notoriously virtuosic Violin Concerto and Villa-Lobos’...
Sunday February 24 19 2:30 PM

THE RITE OF SPRING

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Symphonic
Kent Nagano sets the Maison symphonique ablaze with The Rite of Spring, which has become one of the OSM’s signature classics. This program, soon to be taken on tour internationally, also includes Debussy’s Jeux and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, which the composer counted among his greatest accomplishments.
Wednesday February 27 19 8:00 PM

MOZART ACCORDING TO KENT NAGANO

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Rafał Blechacz, piano

Symphonic
Rafał Blechacz returns to the OSM with Mozart's Concerto no. 23, one of his most famous piano concertos. Alongside works by the master of Viennese classicism, this concert features Claude Vivier’s Siddhartha, inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel of the same name, in which a young man embarks on a spiritual journey in search of...
Thursday February 28 19 8:00 PM

MOZART ACCORDING TO KENT NAGANO

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Rafał Blechacz, piano

Symphonic
Rafał Blechacz returns to the OSM with Mozart's Concerto no. 23, one of his most famous piano concertos. Alongside works by the master of Viennese classicism, this concert features Claude Vivier’s Siddhartha, inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel of the same name, in which a young man embarks on a spiritual journey in search of...
March 2019
Tuesday March 5 19 8:00 PM

RAVEL AND STRAVINSKY

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Symphonic
The OSM once again brings French and Russian music into the limelight. The French music, however, looks abroad – Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso paints a suave and colourful portrait of Spain, while Saint-Saëns’ Fifth Piano Concerto is tinged with inflections of Arabic music. The unstoppable energy of Petrushka provides the finale...
Wednesday March 6 19 8:00 PM

RAVEL AND STRAVINSKY

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Symphonic
The OSM once again brings French and Russian music into the limelight. The French music, however, looks abroad – Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso paints a suave and colourful portrait of Spain, while Saint-Saëns’ Fifth Piano Concerto is tinged with inflections of Arabic music. The unstoppable energy of Petrushka provides the finale...
Friday March 15 19 8:00 PM

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER

Maison Symphonique

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Lambert Orkis, piano

Recital
The illustrious Anne-Sophie Mutter pays a visit to Montreal for a playful and scintillating recital, featuring Mozart alongside French composers of the early 20th century.
Sunday March 24 19 2:30 PM

BRAHMS’ GERMAN REQUIEM

Maison Symphonique

Andrew Megill, conductor and
chorus master
Jonathan Ryan, organ
France Bellemare, soprano
Tomislav Lavoie, bass
OSM Chorus

Choir
Brahms’ great German Requiem– profound, majestic, and moving – has touched countless hearts over the years. Here presented with organ accompaniment, the German Requiem was a long labour of love for Brahms, undertaken in honor of his mother, his mentor Robert Schumann, and all that is sacred in humanity.
April 2019
Wednesday April 3 19 8:00 PM

MICHEL PAGLIARO

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Michel Pagliaro, singer

Pop
Legendary Quebec singer-songwriter-guitarist Michel Pagliaro boasts an exceptional career of 45 years and counting. This year, in his first collaboration with the OSM, he will perform his classic songs in never-before-heard orchestral versions. Experience the music of the famous Pag with an all-new OSM twist!
Thursday April 4 19 8:00 PM

MICHEL PAGLIARO

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Michel Pagliaro, singer

Pop
Legendary Quebec singer-songwriter-guitarist Michel Pagliaro boasts an exceptional career of 45 years and counting. This year, in his first collaboration with the OSM, he will perform his classic songs in never-before-heard orchestral versions. Experience the music of the famous Pag with an all-new OSM twist!
Tuesday April 16 19 8:00 PM

THE MOZART REQUIEM

Maison Symphonique

Hervé Niquet, conductor

Heather Newhouse, soprano
Marie-Claude Chappuis,
mezzo-soprano
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
OSM chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM presents two of the greatest works written by Mozart at the end of his life. The first, his final symphony, no. 41, “Jupiter,” is generally regarded as the musical testament of a genius. Then, the legendary Requiem, which lay unfinished at the composer’s death, has inspired countless stories, including the one immortalized...
Wednesday April 17 19 8:00 PM

BERNARD LABADIE, ALEXANDRE THARAUD AND MOZART

Maison Symphonique

Bernard Labadie, conductor

Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Symphonic
Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie and French pianist Alexandre Tharaud renew their collaboration in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto no. 21, best known for its Andante, whose tenderness has captivated the attention of myriad filmmakers. The program for this concert will conclude with two overtures and the poignant Symphony no. 39.
Thursday April 18 19 10:30 AM

Mozart’s A Little Night Music

Maison Symphonique

Bernard Labadie, conductor

Timothy Hutchins, flute
Valérie Milot, harp

Symphonic
Among the incalculable incarnations of Mozart’s genius is his Symphony no. 36, composed in only three days and on par with many of his masterworks. The OSM will perform this work along with a rare concerto for flute and harp and the much-beloved A Little Night Music, the inspiration for which remains a mystery.
Thursday April 18 19 8:00 PM

THE MOZART REQUIEM

Maison Symphonique

Hervé Niquet, conductor

Heather Newhouse, soprano
Marie-Claude Chappuis,
mezzo-soprano
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
OSM chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM presents two of the greatest works written by Mozart at the end of his life. The first, his final symphony, no. 41, “Jupiter,” is generally regarded as the musical testament of a genius. Then, the legendary Requiem, which lay unfinished at the composer’s death, has inspired countless stories, including the one immortalized...
Wednesday April 24 19 8:00 PM

LONG LIVE LA MÔME: THE SYMPHONIC PIAF

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Betty Bonifassi
Pierre Flynn
Marie-Thérèse Fortin
Florence K
Sylvie Moreau
Yann Perreau
Quartom
Martha Wainwright
Chœur

Pop
Edith Piaf’s songs never go out of style. The OSM and several outstanding voices from Quebec pay tribute to “La Môme” by putting a symphonic spin on several of her most beloved classics. Come and let yourself be carried away by the passion, the suffering, the joy and the folly of the great chansonnière!
Thursday April 25 19 8:00 PM

LONG LIVE LA MÔME: THE SYMPHONIC PIAF

Maison Symphonique

Simon Leclerc, conductor

Betty Bonifassi
Pierre Flynn
Marie-Thérèse Fortin
Florence K
Sylvie Moreau
Yann Perreau
Quartom
Martha Wainwright
Chœur

Pop
Edith Piaf’s songs never go out of style. The OSM and several outstanding voices from Quebec pay tribute to “La Môme” by putting a symphonic spin on several of her most beloved classics. Come and let yourself be carried away by the passion, the suffering, the joy and the folly of the great chansonnière!
Tuesday April 30 19 8:00 PM

HOLST: THE PLANETS

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano and artist in residence*
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal

Symphonic
Kent Nagano conducts The Planets, Gustav Holst’s best-known work. This renowned orchestral suite depicts both war and peace, as well as – in the much-beloved Jupiter movement – joy and jollity. Pianist in residence Jean-Philippe Collard adds a finishing touch to the program with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
May 2019
Wednesday May 1 19 8:00 PM

JEAN-PHILIPPE COLLARD

Maison Symphonique

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

Recital
Pianist Jean-Philippe Collard, whose brilliant career of over 50 years has led him to perform in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, offers an unmissable recital of captivating works by Chopin and Fauré.
Sunday May 5 19 2:30 PM

HOLST: THE PLANETS

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano and artist in residence*
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal

Symphonic
Kent Nagano conducts The Planets, Gustav Holst’s best-known work. This renowned orchestral suite depicts both war and peace, as well as – in the much-beloved Jupiter movement – joy and jollity. Pianist in residence Jean-Philippe Collard adds a finishing touch to the program with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Wednesday May 8 19 8:00 PM

TCHAIKOVSKY’S WINTER DAYDREAMS

Maison Symphonique

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Edgar Moreau, cello

Symphonic
The OSM offers a rare opportunity to hear Henri Dutilleux’s virtuosic Cello Concerto, with outstanding French cellist Edgar Moreau as soloist. The Concerto was originally composed for the great Rostropovich in the late 1960s – nearly a century after Tchaikovsky composed the exquisite melodies of his First Symphony, “Winter...
Thursday May 9 19 8:00 PM

TCHAIKOVSKY’S WINTER DAYDREAMS

Maison Symphonique

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Edgar Moreau, cello

Symphonic
The OSM offers a rare opportunity to hear Henri Dutilleux’s virtuosic Cello Concerto, with outstanding French cellist Edgar Moreau as soloist. The Concerto was originally composed for the great Rostropovich in the late 1960s – nearly a century after Tchaikovsky composed the exquisite melodies of his First Symphony, “Winter...
Friday May 10 19 6:30 PM

MR. AND MRS. SCHUMANN

Bourgie Hall

Jean-Sébastien Roy, violin
Sofia Gentile, viola
Sylvain Murray, cello
Wonny Song, piano
Catherine Perrin, narrator

Chamber Music
Sunday May 12 19 2:00 PM

PINOCCHIO

Maison Symphonique

Adam Johnson, conductor

Adam Johnson, conductor
in residence
Lionel Rougerie, actor and stage
director
Samoel Verbecelte, narrator

Family
Everyone knows the famous Pinocchio story, immortalised by Walt Disney. Enjoy fun for the whole family with the OSM’s take on the adventures of the puppet with the telltale nose! Drumsticks and bows grow loonger and looonger in these excerpts by Bizet, Gounod, and Kosma.
Wednesday May 15 19 8:00 PM

DANIIL TRIFONOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF’S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Symphonic
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to Montreal to perform Rachmaninoff’s famous Third Piano Concerto – a captivating introduction to Romantic piano music, or an invitation to fall in love with it all over again. This concert marks the debut of conductor Karina Canellakis with the OSM.
Thursday May 16 19 8:00 PM

DANIIL TRIFONOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF’S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Symphonic
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to Montreal to perform Rachmaninoff’s famous Third Piano Concerto – a captivating introduction to Romantic piano music, or an invitation to fall in love with it all over again. This concert marks the debut of conductor Karina Canellakis with the OSM.
Friday May 17 19 7:00 PM

DANIIL TRIFONOV PLAYS RACHMANINOFF’S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Maison Symphonique

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Symphonic
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to Montreal to perform Rachmaninoff’s famous Third Piano Concerto – a captivating introduction to Romantic piano music, or an invitation to fall in love with it all over again. This concert marks the debut of conductor Karina Canellakis with the OSM.
Sunday May 19 19 3:00 PM

THE GRAND ORGUE PIERRE-BÉIQUE : AN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Maison Symphonique

Olivier Latry, organ, OSM organist emeritus
Shin-Young Lee, organ (Stravinsky and Ravel)
Jean-Willy Kunz, OSM organist in residence (Ravel)
Christian Lane, organ (Ravel)
Serge Desgagnés, snare drum (Ravel)

Recital
This fifth anniversary concert of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique unites four organists who will perform skillful transcriptions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Boléro. A call for music lovers to discover the many faces of this infinitely adaptable and profoundly majestic instrument in the extraordinary acoustic of the...
Tuesday May 21 19 8:00 PM

MAHLER’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY AND THE TSO

Maison Symphonique

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Symphonic
Louis Lortie appears at the Maison symphonique once again, this time with Franck’s Symphonic Variations, one of the composer’s most enduring classics. Next comes Mahler’s fascinating Seventh Symphony, which heralded the end of German Romanticism.
Wednesday May 22 19 8:00 PM

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS MAKES HIS MONTREAL DEBUT

Maison Symphonique

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

George Li, piano

Symphonic
Internationally acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and young piano prodigy George Li make their OSM debuts together, with Liszt’s First Piano Concerto and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. A must-see encounter!
Thursday May 23 19 8:00 PM

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS MAKES HIS MONTREAL DEBUT

Maison Symphonique

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

George Li, piano

Symphonic
Internationally acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and young piano prodigy George Li make their OSM debuts together, with Liszt’s First Piano Concerto and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. A must-see encounter!
Saturday May 25 19 8:00 PM

EVGENY KISSIN

Maison Symphonique

Evgeny Kissin, piano

Recital
Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin performs Schumann’s rich and daring Third Piano Sonata, which the composer called “Concerto without Orchestra,” alongside a selection of Debussy’s Préludes.
Wednesday May 29 19 8:00 PM

HECTOR BERLIOZ: CLOSING CONCERT OF THE 85TH SEASON

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Lambert Wilson, actor
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Dominique Côté, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM devotes its final concert of the season to French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), pairing the Symphonie fantastique – one of the major classics of the orchestral repertoire – with the lyric monodrama Lélio. Together, these autobiographical works form the two-part “Épisode dans la vie d’un artiste” (Episode in the...
Friday May 31 19 8:00 PM

HECTOR BERLIOZ: CLOSING CONCERT OF THE 85TH SEASON

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Lambert Wilson, actor
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Dominique Côté, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM devotes its final concert of the season to French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), pairing the Symphonie fantastique – one of the major classics of the orchestral repertoire – with the lyric monodrama Lélio. Together, these autobiographical works form the two-part “Épisode dans la vie d’un artiste” (Episode in the...
June 2019
Saturday June 1 19 8:00 PM

HECTOR BERLIOZ: CLOSING CONCERT OF THE 85TH SEASON

Maison Symphonique

Kent Nagano, conductor

Lambert Wilson, actor
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Dominique Côté, baritone
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorus master

Symphonic
The OSM devotes its final concert of the season to French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), pairing the Symphonie fantastique – one of the major classics of the orchestral repertoire – with the lyric monodrama Lélio. Together, these autobiographical works form the two-part “Épisode dans la vie d’un artiste” (Episode in the...