May 2022
Webcast From May 10, 2022, 12 p.m. to May 31, 2022

Piano Concertos and Tone Poems

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Symphonic
Constructed as an arch, this concert is framed by two early 20th-century French works that bear deeply evocative imagery: Dukas’ Orientalist enchantment and Debussy’s aquatic mirages. At its centre, pianist Daniil Trifonov performs two Russian concertos: one by Schnittke offering a remarkable play of textures and another by Prokofiev,...
Maison symphonique Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Brahms and Nielsen: Vigour, Virtuosity, Vitality

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Juraj Valčuha, conductor

Liza Ferschtman, violin
Ivan Karizna, cello

Symphonic
Juraj Valčuha’s previous performances with the OSM turned into momentous concerts. This Slovenian conductor returns to direct a work in the spirit of our age: Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4, whose four impromptu movements celebrate the regenerative forces of life and of nature. Brahms, another composer of Hanseatic...
Maison symphonique Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Brahms and Nielsen: Vigour, Virtuosity, Vitality

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Juraj Valčuha, conductor

Liza Ferschtman, violin
Ivan Karizna, cello

Symphonic
Juraj Valčuha’s previous performances with the OSM turned into momentous concerts. This Slovenian conductor returns to direct a work in the spirit of our age: Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4, whose four impromptu movements celebrate the regenerative forces of life and of nature. Brahms, another composer of Hanseatic...
Bourgie Hall Friday, May 27, 2022 6:30 a.m.

Elgar and Coleridge-Taylor: The Paths of English Romanticism

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Jean-Sébastien Roy, violin
Ariane Lajoie, violin
Natalie Racine, alto
Anna Burden, cello
Todd Cope, clarinet

Chamber Music
While still a youth, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor clearly showed that, after Brahms, one could still write a Clarinet Quintet that would be totally original, and he did so before his elder compatriot Edward Elgar produced his sole String Quartet, among the latter’s very last and notable works.
Maison symphonique Tuesday, May 31, 2022 10 a.m.
Symphonic
The OSM and its music director, Rafael Payare, are exceptionally opening the doors of the Maison symphonique on May 31, on the occasion of the dress rehearsal of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which will close the 21-22 season. As a gesture of support to the Ukrainian community, all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross relief fund for...
Webcast From May 31, 2022, 12 p.m. to June 21, 2022
Symphonic
Bruckner ranks with Brahms as one of the greatest symphonists of the late 19th century. His Symphony no. 7 is a true masterpiece of lyricism enriched by accents of heroism, and it has been unanimously acclaimed since its premiere in Leipzig in 1884, which sparked Bruckner’s enduring fame. The work’s atmospheres and use of Wagner tubas...
Maison symphonique Tuesday, May 31, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven’s Triumphant Ninth Symphony

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Speedo Green, bass
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorusmaster
The Chorus master chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving
memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.

Symphonic
In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude...
June 2022
Maison symphonique Wednesday, June 1, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven’s Triumphant Ninth Symphony

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Speedo Green, bass
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorusmaster
The Chorus master chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving
memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.

Symphonic
In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude...
Maison symphonique Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven’s Triumphant Ninth Symphony

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Speedo Green, bass
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorusmaster
The Chorus master chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving
memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.

Symphonic
In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude...
Maison symphonique Friday, June 3, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Beethoven’s Triumphant Ninth Symphony

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano
Ryan Speedo Green, bass
OSM Chorus
Andrew Megill, chorusmaster
The Chorus master chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving
memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.

Symphonic
In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude...
May 2022
Webcast From May 31, 2022, 12 p.m. to June 21, 2022
Symphonic
Bruckner ranks with Brahms as one of the greatest symphonists of the late 19th century. His Symphony no. 7 is a true masterpiece of lyricism enriched by accents of heroism, and it has been unanimously acclaimed since its premiere in Leipzig in 1884, which sparked Bruckner’s enduring fame. The work’s atmospheres and use of Wagner tubas...
August 2022
Olympic Park's Esplanade Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:30 p.m.

The Many Colours of the Americas

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, author
Jeanine De Bique, soprano
Pacho Flores, trumpet

Symphonic
Rafael Payare and the OSM summon you to the Olympic Park's Esplanade to celebrate the richness of great music that has echoed across American lands, from Canada to Venezuela, for many centuries. Join soloists and artists from throughout the Americas on a timeless, breathtaking voyage from the “New World” Symphony to an Indigenous...
Maison symphonique Sunday, August 12, 2022 6:30 p.m.

3. American Rhapsody: From Folklore to Legend

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Sergio Tiempo, piano

Symphonic
The three composers on this program have found folklore to be rich soil for developing works that are emblematic of their cultures. Jacques Hétu revisits Quebec folk tales in Légendes, while Gershwin crystallized the sounds of jazz in Rhapsody in Blue, a work that will feature Argentinian pianist Sergio Tiempo....
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe Friday, August 12, 2022 8 p.m.

4. Branford Marsalis in Quintet

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Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Arin Sarkissian, flute (2020 OSM Competition)
Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp (2013 OSM Competition)
Alexander Read, violin
Julia Mirzoev, violon (2016 OSM Competition)
Rosemary Shaw, viola
Cameron Crozman, cello (2013 OSM Competition)
Eric Chappell, double bass

Chamber Music
Maison symphonique Sunday, August 12, 2022 8:15 p.m.

5. James Ehnes and Korngold’s Violin Concerto

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Rafael Payare, conductor

James Ehnes, violin

Symphonic
Erich Korngold is one of the last proponents of the school of Viennese Romanticism. In exile in the United States after fleeing Nazism, he composed this sweepingly lyrical Violin Concerto between 1937 and 1945. Violinist James Ehnes will join the OSM and Rafael Payare in an impassioned concert that opens with one of Wagner’s most...
Maison symphonique Saturday, August 13, 2022 11 a.m.

7. The Adventures of Tío Tigre

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Rafael Payare, conductor

With the participation of Hector Molina, cuatro

Charles Dauphinais, stage director

Family
The OSM, under the baton of Rafael Payare, beckons you into the colourful world of Tío Tigre! Discover this wily, surprising, and all-important character of Venezuelan children’s stories and sway to the rhythms and composers of South America. Join us for a concert that will touch the hearts of young and old.
Salle Claude-Léveillée Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:45 a.m.

10. Four Musicians from Ensemble Obiora

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Musicians from Ensemble Obiora
Tanya Charles Iveniuk, violin
Renée London, violin
Maxime Despax, viola
Valérie Despax, cello

Chamber Music
Maison symphonique Saturday, August 13, 2022 12:45 p.m.

11. Musical Landscapes with Jeanine De Bique

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Jeanine De Bique, soprano

Symphonic
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, soprano Jeanine De Bique leads an international operatic career and has garnered numerous distinctions. She makes her OSM debut in Samuel Barber’s operatic rhapsody Knoxville: Summer of 1915, which recounts a family’s evening together in a small Tennessee town. Also on the program are works by...
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe Saturday, August 13, 2022 2 p.m.

13. Sixtrum : 6 marimbas

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Sixtrum, percussion ensemble
Julien Grégoire, marimba
Philip Hornsey, marimba
Kristie Ibrahim, marimba
Fabrice Marandola, marimba
Huizi Wang, marimba
Alexandre Lavoie, marimba

Chamber Music
Salle Claude-Léveillée Sunday, August 13, 2022 2:30 p.m.

14. The Cuatro: Echos of Venezuela

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Hector Molina, cuatro

Recital
Discover the cuatro, a 4-string guitar used mainly in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico in a program that includes mainly traditional Venezuelan works as well as some contemporary works.
Maison symphonique Saturday, August 13, 2022 4 p.m.

16. Ensemble Obiora and Branford Marsalis

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Chamber Music
For this Classical Spree, the OSM invites the recently formed Ensemble Obiora, formed by musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds, for an awesome concert on the theme of the Americas. The ensemble will present Dvořák’s magnificent “American” Quartet, as well as the Fantasia for Saxophone by Brazilian composer...
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe Saturday, August 13, 2022 4:30 p.m.

18. Pacho Flores with Brass and Percussion

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Brass and percussion ensemble (16 musicians including Pacho Flores)
Pacho Flores, conductor and trumpet
Paul Merkelo, trumpet
Members of the OSM and winners of the OSM Competition

Chamber Music
Maison symphonique Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:45 p.m.

19. Branford Marsalis and Jean-Willy Kunz in Recital

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Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ

Organ
American saxophonist Branford Marsalis and OSM organist-in-residence Jean-Willy Kunz invite you on a kaleidoscopic voyage. From the United States to Argentina, with stops in France and Spain, the saxophone teams up with the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique for this eclectic, breathtaking program.
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe Saturday, August 13, 2022 6:45 p.m.

22. Soledad: A Tribute to Piazzolla

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Sergio Tiempo, piano
Jonathan Goldman, bandoneon
James Ehnes, violin
Ananda Suddath, electric guitar
Pablo Seib, double bass
Faye Lopez, dancer
Bryant Lopez, dancer

Chamber Music
Maison symphonique Saturday, August 13, 2022 8 p.m.

23. Bruce Liu Performs Rachmaninoff

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Rafael Payare, conductor

Bruce Liu, piano

Symphonic
This will be Bruce Liu’s first concert with the Orchestra since his 2021 triumph in the Chopin Competition. This young Montreal pianist and past winner of the OSM Competition will perform Rachmaninoff’s bravura piece Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, first performed when the composer lived in the United States. Rafael Payare...
Théâtre Jean-Duceppe Sunday, August 14, 2022 1 p.m.

24. Rafael Payare Conducts the Classical Spree Ensemble

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Rafael Payare, conductor

James Ehnes, violin
Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Pacho Flores, trumpet
Hector Molina, cuatro
Sergio Tiempo, piano - to be confirmed

Chamber Music
A special ensemble formed for the occasion by OSM musicians, guest soloists and OSM Competition winners, the Classical Spree Ensemble unites the main festival contributors on the same stage. Under the direction of Rafael Payare, this warm-hearted concert concludes the Classical Spree with a burst of energy with works by Miklós Rózsa,...