Category: News

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 »

Marie-Nicole Lemieux: A Season with the OSM Family

A regular guest of the most prestigious international concert venues, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux is Artist-in-Residence with the OSM* for the 2020–2021 season. This residency has given her the opportunity to perform this fall in a program of French music with the Orchestra in chamber formation, and over the coming months we will have the pleasure... Read more »

Rafael Payare: Music as the Breath of Life

Artist-in-residence generously sponsored by The Rossy Foundation In wide demand by prestigious orchestras everywhere, this charismatic Venezuelan conductor will become Music Director Designate for the upcoming season. He will become the 9th Music Director in the history of the OSM and will lead his first concert in this role in the 2022-2023 season. In recent... Read more »

Ana Sokolović: Imagining Music as Colours

Artist-in-residence generously sponsored by The Rossy Foundation Drawn to artistic expression from early childhood, Ana Sokolović had already begun taking ballet classes at the age four, before training in theatre and ultimately, music. She began her studies in piano and embraced composition from the age of 16. Fleeing the political upheavals of former Yugoslavia, she... Read more »

Interview with Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, Assistant Conductor of the OSM

In the context of Youth Month, OSM Assistant Conductor Thomas Le Duc-Moreau looks back on how music has shaped his life’s journey. At only 26 years of age, he is one of the OSM’s privileged contacts with children; he leads Youth Matinees and gives conducting workshops in schools, among other activities. But his musical calling... Read more »