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Jordan de Souza: when the musical score reveals the human being

On May 18 and 19, the OSM welcomes the young Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza for the first time. Jordan’s infectious energy and meticulous approach are sure to result in a memorable experience for audiences at the Maison symphonique. Montreal: city of his heart Jordan’s parents left Goa, India, during the 1970s to settle in Montreal,... Read more »

The OSM unveils its Eco-responsibility Policy

On this Earth Day, the OSM is proud to unveil its very first Eco-responsibility Policy. This commitment will guide us for the next few years in the improvement of all our practices. You will be able to follow our actions and our progress in the coming months on our social media and in our official... 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 »


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 »

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 »