Category: News

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ROTH, MASTER OF HIS ART

Even conductors need to break with routine François-Xavier Roth loathes routine. When music falls into routine, it becomes stale. He builds his musical life around “projects” with a precise concept or objective. Thus, the underlying theme of the concert he conducts at the Maison symphonique next October 30 and 31, flanked by the French pianist... 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 »

Kent Nagano and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Kent Nagano conducts Mahler’s Symphony no. 5, whose poignant opening funeral march’s rhythmic contours are a nod to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. To complete the programme: Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, originally commissioned to showcase the sound capabilities of the harp, turns the spotlight on some of the OSM’s Principal Chairs.

Anne-Sophie Mutter: Violinist of passion

Musical Trajectories: Outstanding Women Anne-Sophie Mutter took her first violin lesson at the age of five and a half. Only nine months later, she won her first competition. “The first time I held the violin to my shoulder, it felt natural. I absolutely, passionately wanted to play the violin.” A child prodigy and an artist... Read more »

Babi Yar: A Symphony for the 21st Century

In the decade after Stalin’s death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev instigated a period known as the “Khrushchev Thaw,” a rather short-lived break with socialist realism during which artists could flourish and more freely express themselves than under the previous regime. It was during this time that the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the composer Dmitri Shostakovich... 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 »

Makusham! Where dreams are shared

For many years, the OSM has worked on bringing symphonic music closer to the musical cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples through collaborative and forward-looking projects. In the fall of 2018, the Orchestra’s tour of the Great North and the creation of the opera Chaakapesh, the Trickster’s Quest made it possible for Innu,... Read more »

Bursting with emotion, the OSM thanks you for this 85th season

MORE THAN 100 CONCERTS AND AS MANY EXHILARATING MOMENTS The OSM’s 85th season ended just as it began: on a spectacular note! We thank you for having joined us this season, which was an opportunity to revisit and celebrate the past successes that have forged our identity. Your applause and presence in the hall warmed... Read more »

Hector Berlioz Closes the OSM’s 85th Season

The OSM concludes its 85th regular season with concerts on May 29 and 31, and June 1 that mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, one of most innovative composers of the Romantic period. Berlioz is no stranger to the OSM’s artistic programming: ever since the Orchestra’s first performance of his Symphonie... Read more »

INTERVIEW WITH OLIVIER LATRY

What did building the Organ bring to the OSM?   I believe that the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique is almost like a second Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. These two orchestras could conceivably hate each other but on the contrary, they adore each other. We would never have imagined at the outset that the organ could achieve so... Read more »