FESTIVAL VIRÉE CLASSIQUE

Take part in the symphonic event of the summer!

For the 7th year in a row, the OSM Classical Spree will contribute to the wild excitement that takes hold of Montreal in the summer! In the space of a few short days, more than 30 affordable and varied concerts will reverberate in the heart of this metropolis, along with scores of free activities the whole family can enjoy. The only one of its kind in North America, this musical celebration opens the door to a wealth and diversity of classical music. 

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FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 7:00PM

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 9:15PM

KENT NAGANO CELEBRATES THE GREAT CHORUSES OF WAGNER AND VERDI

Maison symphonique

Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM Chorus present the choral 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 and the orchestra in these composers’ lyrical works.

ARTISTS AND PROGRAM :

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano, conductor
The OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, OSM chorus master

 

Opera excerpts from Tannhaüser and Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) by Wagner and Nabucco and Aïda by Verdi (45 min.)

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FRIDAY AUGUST 31, 8:45PM

FOLKLORE AND HUNGARIAN DANCES

Maison symphonique

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 melodies. Also on the program will be the gripping Violin Concerto no. 1, written by a young Bartók, who drew inspiration from his Hungarian roots.

ARTISTS AND PROGRAM :

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano, conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaïa, violin, GRAMMY award winner for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance

 

Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36 (22 min.)
Kodály, Dances of Galánta (15 min.)
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 6 (5 min.)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 7:30PM

TCHAIKOVSKY’S CELEBRATED PIANO CONCERTO

Maison symphonique

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 works in the piano repertoire, the concerto had to be staunchly defended by the Russian composer who, when challenged to revise it, pledged, “I shall not change a single note!”

ARTISTS AND PROGRAM :

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano, conductor
Alexei Volodin, piano

 

Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 (38 min.)

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