Category: concerts

François-Xavier Roth, master of his art

Music: an accessible art for everyone Conductor François-Xavier Roth is a master of his art, in both the way he practices it and the ease with which he places it in context. He knows where he’s going, knows how to get there and eloquently communicates his passion along the way. He sees music as a... Read more »

Juraj Valčuha returns to the OSM

The first question that usually pops up about this name is how to pronounce it. In English, “č” is “ch,” so we would say: Yoorai Valchooah. While only in his early forties, this fast-rising conductor who hails from Bratislava, Slovakia can already boast of having conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras. A larger-than-life symphony... Read more »

Christoph Eschenbach: A conductor with an extraordinary career path

Copyright Manu Theobald Marked for life by war Christoph Eschenbach was born as the Second World War was raging, in 1940, Breslau (Germany), now Wrocław (Poland). His mother died at birth and his father died during the war, after being sent to the front. Young Eschenbach was placed in a camp of 60 refugees. Living in atrocious conditions,... Read more »

Discover conductor James Feddeck

An impassioned multi-instrumentalist As a young child, New York conductor and rising star James Feddeck always believed that music would be an integral part of his life. More uncertain, however, was how he would take possession of this art. At the age of eight, he began to play the organ in a church, then went... Read more »

DO YOU KNOW RAFAEL PAYARE?

“He is a prodigious artist, who combines the gift of rare sound perfection with a deep, delicate, intense and quivering sensitivity.” - Le Monde French horn debut Rafael Payare was born in Venezuela in 1980 and started learning music at the age of 14. He set his sights not on the piano or the violin...... Read more »

String Quartet 101

This year, the Fine Arts Quartet will be performing at the Classical Spree. This presents an excellent opportunity to examine the string quartet, a subtle musical form that is still alive and well two centuries after its birth.   What is a string quartet? Comprising two violins, a viola, and a cello, the string quartet... Read more »

Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Unique to her Genre

In less than three weeks, Montréal audiences at the Classical Spree will have the opportunity to discover the incredible Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja: an audacious and absolutely unique classical artist.   Patricia Kopatchinskaja distinguishes herself from other violinists by her originality, her nonconformist approach, her strong personality, and her bold musical offerings. Some people would... Read more »

Tour review: The OSM sparkles in Krakow and Salzburg

It’s time to take stock as the musicians of the OSM and their conductor make their way home after playing in Krakow, Poland, and opening the prestigious Salzburg Festival in Austria. On July 20, Kent Nagano and the OSM opened the 98th edition of the Salzburg Festival to a full house of 1400 spectators. It... Read more »

THE OSM UNVEILS ITS 7TH EDITION OF THE CLASSICAL SPREE PART

Montreal, May 23, 2018 ▪ The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Musical Director Kent Nagano, and Emmanuel Bilodeau, Ambassador for the OSM’s 2018 summer season, today unveil the orchestra’s summer concert programming. The public is also invited to experience the magic of outdoor concerts with OSM IN THE PARKS and to come out and enjoy this... Read more »

5 Reasions to See E.T. Again – with an Orchestra!

Who doesn’t remember that image of a young boy on a bicycle sailing past the full moon? Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1982, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial left its mark on an entire generation. Let yourself be moved once again by the touching encounter between Elliott and that ultra-lovable creature from outer space, to the... Read more »