Category: Other

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 »

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 »

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 »

BRAHMS AND THE ART OF FILM WEEK – INTERVIEWS WITH Zosha Di Castri

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 »

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 »

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor

Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, completed in the last years of his life, exceeds in scope and surpasses in musical quality all that had been written until then in terms of sacred musical genres. This peerless masterpiece is also shrouded in mystery, as Bach-Archiv director Christoph Wolff remarked in relation to the... 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 »