Category: News

Reconciling Russian Romanticism with American Contemporary Music

In early November, the OSM will be performing an unusually daring program of striking musical contrasts. Kent Nagano will bring together two very different composers: the Russian Rachmaninoff and the American John Adams. Barely 50 years separate the works to be performed at the Kent Nagano Conducts Rachmaninoff and Adams concert. Rachmaninoff composed his Rhapsody... Read more »

A concert that resonates with sounds and images

Are you a music lover seeking a one-of-a-kind experience? If so, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has just the concert you are looking for, on October 28 at the Maison symphonique. It is part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations: “Montreal, the City of 100 Bell Towers.”   We designed this unique event to take... Read more »

LAURENT PAQUIN NARRATES MICHEL TREMBLAY

ON DECEMBER 19, 20 AND 21, 2017 FOR THE OSM’S TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS TALE, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KENT NAGANO The Christmas tradition ushered in by Kent Nagano and Fred Pellerin in 2011 will carry on again this year, under the direction of the Maestro. Lovers of both classical music and literature will be delighted to... Read more »

Celebrate Montreal and its 100 bell towers!

Known for its broad and diverse religious heritage, Montreal has long been referred to as the “City of 100 bell towers.” While Quebec’s metropolis may not boast universal monopoly in this regard—Prague, Bratislava, Rouen, Dijon, Liège, and a few other European cities are also thus aptly named—Montreal is the only North-American city to be described... Read more »

Interview: Charles Richard-Hamelin reconnects with Prokofiev

Charles Richard-Hamelin has had a long-term love affair with Prokofiev. As the young Quebec pianist recounts: “Early on in my musical training, at the age of 13, I became fascinated with Prokofiev because his music was so thoughtful and interesting. He was also a chess champion, and it shows in his music!” It was also Prokofiev... Read more »

From Ravel to Barber… to Bernstein: the full range of emotions

You may not have heard much about the composer Samuel Barber. Yet, his most frequently performed piece of music is without a doubt the most famous classical melody of the 20th century: we are referring to the Adagio for Strings, the centrepiece of the concert performed by the OSM on October 4 and 5. Barber’s... Read more »

THE OSM POP INVESTORS GROUP SERIES

  The OSM Pop Investors Group series was born of the desire to offer the public musical get-togethers that are both unusual and imaginative.   The history of the OSM, moreover, is punctuated by pops concerts and unlikely encounters that, over the course of time, have reached increasingly diversified audiences.   Over the years, a... Read more »

A sublime opening: MAHLER’S “SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND”

The OSM’s new season kicks off on the theme of humanism Montréal, September 6, 2017 ● The OSM will open its season in grand style with the monumental Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler, a large-scale concert for soloists, choruses and orchestra.   This major work in Western music will assemble over 350 people on... Read more »

Montréal Symphonique – a magnificent dream that came true

    For many years Nicolas Lemieux dreamed of producing a magnificent symphony concert on the slopes of Montreal’s Mount Royal. When he proposed bringing together three orchestras at the foot of the mountain to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary, he said to himself, “In life, everything is possible.”   When Madeleine Careau, the CEO... Read more »