Category: News

Gemma New: Together as one through music

by Gabriel Paquin-Buki Orchestras especially are the great example of what humanity can achieve when united. – Gemma New “The Great Gate of Kiev” opens that of music Gemma New was born on December 27, 1986, in Wellington, New Zealand. She delved directly into classical music in childhood through violin practice, an instrument her mother... Read more »

The World of Richard Reed Parry and the Bell Orchestre

Bell by Gabriel Paquin-Buki The inimitable Bell Orchestre will be at the Maison symphonique on November 25 to present their new album House Music, in an orchestral version with the musicians of the OSM. We asked the group’s bassist, Richard Reed Parry, a few questions. You introduce yourselves as 6 musicians from different musical backgrounds. Can... Read more »

In search of Romani Music with Brahms

by Gabriel Paquin-Buki After experiencing first-hand the savour of Romani music (formerly called “Gypsy” music), many composers found in it a tremendous source of inspiration. Among these composers, Brahms was one of the first to seriously incorporate this folk music in his works, notably his Violin Concerto. The following text explains how the young Brahms... Read more »

Lionel Bringuier: Born to Conduct

by Gabriel Paquin-Buki A family matter Lionel Bringuier was born on September 24, 1986, in Nice, to music-loving parents who were not themselves musicians. His father was an engineer and his mother, a teacher; nothing immediately suggested that the young Lionel would grow up to lead a spectacular career in music. But thanks to his... Read more »

David Sela and Andrew Wan: when giving turns into friendship

by Benjamin Goron By responding affirmatively to Maestro Nagano’s request in 2008, patron David Sela did not suspect that the procurement of a 1744 violin would open the door to a heartfelt and lasting friendship with OSM Concertmaster Andrew Wan. Over the last 12 years, both patron and artist have shared a common passion for... Read more »

The OSM and Ariane Moffatt bring singing to Quebec schools

The OSM is proud to be partnering this year with Culture pour tous on the project Une chanson à l’école. This inclusive initiative enables children in primary schools across Quebec to discover an original song written especially for them. This year features Ariane Moffatt’s Ensemble, sensibles, a rhythm-filled, upbeat and cheerful song which she performs... Read more »

Birdsong, Unending Source of Inspiration

by Benjamin Goron Since time immemorial, humans have been fascinated by birdsong and its immeasurable variety of timbres, pitches, and melodic and rhythmic motifs. Composers have reserved a place of distinction for birds in the repertoire, imitating, parodying, directly transcribing or even integrating recordings of their sounds into compositions. The work by Andrea Tarrodi performed... Read more »

An “Afro-American” Symphony in Search of Openness

by Benjamin Goron During the 1930s, a handful of black American artists rose to the top of their art despite a profoundly adverse social system. Their courage, commitment and perseverance turned them into role models for later generations, but they also opened new avenues on the broader musical horizon. As the next OSM concert highlights... Read more »

A day of rehearsals with Rafael Payare

Through this series of photos, the OSM invites you to discover a rehearsal with its new Music Director, Rafael Payare. The pictures were taken on January 12, 2021, during rehearsals for the concert Charles Richard-Hamelin and Mozart’s Concerto no. 24: Merging Finesse and Depth. 9:45 a.m. Rafael Payare and spouse cellist Alisa Weilerstein arrive at the Maison symphonique for... Read more »