CLOSING CONCERT OF THE 2016-2017 SEASON
SPECIAL EVENT TO MARK THE 375TH ANNIVERSARY OF MONTRÉAL.
UNE ODYSSÉE MAGIQUE, EN QUATRE MOUVEMENTS, INSPIRÉE DE L’ÂME POÉTIQUE DE SA VILLE, MONTRÉAL
EPISODE 1: “THE SYMPHONY”
EPISODE 2: THE VISUAL EXPERIENCE
EPISODE 3: THE CONCERT
Old worlds and new worlds – all qualifiers are relative depending on the stance of the observer. Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9 “From the New World” was inspired by the novelty of turn-of-the-century America viewed through the lens of a European expatriate, while Samy Moussa’s Symphony no. 1 “Concordia,” contrasts 375 years of municipal history to some 8,000 years of human activity on the island of Montreal. As a musical exploration of place, this programme suggests that “worlds” are new and new again with each passing moment, reborn through creative rediscovery.
CONCORDIA SALUS *
The OSM presents an all-new experience, the result of a collaboration between composer Samy Moussa and multimedia studio Moment Factory.
With the music setting the tone, the walls of the Maison symphonique undergo a metamorphosis as you embark on a dreamlike tour of Montreal. The work is paced by four living tableaux – Earth, Fire, Water and Air – that bring together the future and the past.
Each movement is introduced by the words of poetic souls who left their mark on Montreal’s history. Forgotten poets, tormented souls with arresting, compelling visions.
Surrender to this moving tribute to the city’s eternal vitality.
*Concordia Salus [salvation through harmony] is the city’s of Montreal motto.
His first opera, L’autre frère, was premiered at the 12th Munich Biennale in 2010. His second opera, Vastation, received its premiere also at the Munich Biennale, in 2014, with the Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer and staged by Christine Mielitz, with subsequent performances in Regensburg. The libretto was written by author Toby Litt. His music for orchestra has been championed by world renowned musicians such as Kent Nagano, who commissioned from him five orchestral works for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His music is known for its clarity and power as well as its refined orchestration, and his conducting is characterized by energetic and inspired style.
Samy Moussa took part in several master classes in conducting with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, and Klaus Arp, among others. He studied composition and conducting at the Université de Montréal, where his principal teacher was José Evangelista, in addition to pursuing studies in conducting in the Czech Republic with Paolo Bellomia and an invitation to study in Finland with Magnus Lindberg. In 2007, Samy Moussa settled in Germany, where he enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Matthias Pintscher and Pascal Dusapin. Additional studies include the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles course and lessons from Salvatore Sciarrino.
Samy Moussa lives in Paris and Berlin. He was awarded the Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2012 for his work as conductor with the INDEX Ensemble, and won the Composers’ Prize 2013 from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. His orchestral work Crimson was commissioned by Pierre Boulez for the Lucerne Festival, and premiered in 2015. The same year, he was named Quebec’s “Composer of the Year” by the Conseil québécois de la musique (Opus Prize). In 2017, he was awarded the Hindemith Prize. His music is published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing Classical).
Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years in Boston, working in the opera house and as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Opéra national de Lyon (1988-1998), Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000), Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1990-1998) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin from 2000 to 2006 and remains their Honorary Conductor. Kent Nagano was the first Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera from 2003 to 2006. As a much sought-after guest conductor, Maestro Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras – the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus and at leading opera houses including the Opéra national de Paris, Berlin State Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Semperoper Dresden. He has won two Grammy awards for his recording of Kaija Saariaho’s L’ amour de loin with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and for Busoni’s Doktor Faust, recorded with the Opéra national de Lyon, among other awards.
In 2013, he was named Great Montrealer by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and he received the insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of Quebec.
The team approaches each project as an opportunity to push the limits of creativity and technology, deepening audience engagement. The Montreal studio’s innovative exploratory approach has allowed it to develop a unique expertise: Moment Factory tells stories using multimedia, inspiring strong emotional responses and giving audiences unforgettable shared experiences.
Moment Factory’s work on the Symphonie montréalaise reflects a desire, shared with Kent Nagano and the OSM, to spark the audience’s imagination and awaken its senses. To create this multimedia work, the studio’s team, led by director Marie Belzil, immersed itself in the power of Samy Moussa’s composition. A visual metamorphosis unfolds in the heart of the Maison symphonique, transforming the hall in step with the music. It is an immersive multisensory experience that comes together in a dreamlike evocation of Montreal.
As a multimedia director, Marie Belzil mobilizes her team, infusing it with a collaborative spirit and pushing individuals to surpass themselves. Marie has a gift for telling the story of a place, capturing its true soul. Driven by a desire to give the studio’s installations and events deep meaning, she specializes in experiences with strong narrative lines. With each project, Marie invites audiences into worlds imbued with magic and emotion. On these immersive voyages, the lines between the tangible and the virtual, between art and technology, are blurred, inspiring audiences to share fully in the dream and the journey.