Category: concerts

A declaration against racism

The OSM musicians and staff are deeply affected by the events of the past weeks. The death of George Floyd and so many others highlights, in the USA as well as in Canada and around the world, ongoing and systemic discrimination against black people and People of Colour. We feel called to publicly state our... Read more »

CLASSICAL MUSIC : AN ETERNAL SOURCE OF COMFORT by Kent Nagano

CLASSICAL MUSIC : AN ETERNAL SOURCE OF COMFORT by Kent Nagano Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal In these most uncertain times, I wish to address myself to the deep community of Montreal and Quebec, so dear to my heart.   Throughout history, we have seen how constant and faithful a companion music is.... Read more »

Sir András Schiff: A Jewel-Maker of Sound

If András Schiff were a dynamic marking, he would undoubtedly be a pianissimo. Sensitivity, delicacy and boundless commitment to the soul of music are the hallmarks of his playing. On October 23 & 24, the OSM has the pleasure of welcoming this undisputed master of the traditional classical repertoire for the concert Sir András Schiff... Read more »

MESSAGE FROM MUSIC DIRECTOR ON HIS FESTIVE SEASON

In many ways, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2019-20 season is a particularly special one. The expression of timeless human creativity, optimism and spirituality, as well as deeply provoc­ative aesthetic and existential questions will shape this season. It also marks the 16th and final one I will have the honour and privilege of presiding over... Read more »

BRAHMS AND THE ART OF FILM WEEK – INTERVIEWS WITH Mathias Arroyo-Bégin

The four concerts in the “Brahms and the Art of Film” week are the opportunity for the OSM to present four new creations: three works for orchestra, commissioned to three different composers – Blair Thomson, Zosha Di Castri and Régis Campo –, and a film created by the young filmmaker Mathias Arroyo-Bégin. The musicologist Gabriel... 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 »