CLASSICAL SPREE 2020
Don’t miss Kent Nagano’s farewell Classical Spree!
Join us for the 9th edition of the OSM Classical Spree, Kent Nagano’s last! This classical music festival is already unique in Canada; this year, in tribute to the Maestro, we are making it even more special.
Programming for the event reflects Kent Nagano’s comprehensive legacy to the Quebec community through his contributions to musical creation, support for Canadian performers and, of course, his affinity for the German repertoire. With 31 indoor concerts and a multitude of free activities for the whole family, the OSM Classical Spree is an absolute must for your 2020 summer. We are pleased to invite you to this historic edition!
KENT NAGANO’S FAREWELL CONCERT
THE OSM AND 1500 VOICES TO PERFORM BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY
Featuring Beethoven’s majestic Ninth Symphony, this banner event is offered free of charge on Sunday, August 9, at 8 pm, on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park, as the closing concert of the ninth edition of the OSM’s Classical Spree.
A 1500-voice Ode to Joy will intone a final farewell between Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM after 16 years of collaboration. Additionally, the OSM invites all Quebec choirs of 15 members or more the opportunity to take part in this historic event. The August 9 concert will feature four renowned Canadian soloists, to be announced at the launch of the Classical Spree in May.
Beethoven’s Ninth was a natural choice, considering Maestro Nagano’s contribution to the evolution and reputation of the OSM through his emphasis on the Germanic repertoire. Not incidentally, the same monumental work marked his very first concert as OSM Music Director in 2006, and the inaugural concert of the Maison symphonique in 2011.
The OSM invites the public to offer one final homage and thank you Maestro Nagano for his inestimable contribution. #MERCIMAESTRO
4 CONCERTS ON PRESALE
CANCELLED - CHAAKAPESH: FROM KUUJJUAQ TO MONTREAL
Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. – Théâtre Maisonneuve
The chamber opera Chaakapesh, the Trickster’s Quest was premiered in 2018. It flows from a close collaboration between Inuit and First Nations artists, Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts, Cree playwright Tomson Highway, and the OSM. The work is a harbinger of hope, inspired by Indigenous legend embracing authentic dialogue between communities and combining languages, cultures, and musical sources. Presented for the first time in Montreal in its chamber music version, this is a concert punctuated by unique exchanges you don’t want to miss!
CANCELLED - KENT NAGANO CONDUCTS MOZART AND LISZT
Friday, August 7 – 6:30 p.m. – Maison symphonique
Mozart and Liszt come together under the baton of Kent Nagano. Enjoy a symphony whose bubbly good humour likens it to a serenade, and a piano concerto of dazzling virtuosity. Young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, whose faultless technique and refined musicality are unanimously praised by critics, joins as a soloist for the occasion.
CANCELLED - MARI KODAMA AND KENT NAGANO CELEBRATE BEETHOVEN
Saturday, August 8, 12:30 p.m. – Maison symphonique
Beethoven’s heroic personality finds expression in his Egmont Overture, a mature work, while youthful ardour bursts forth in his Piano Concert no. 2. A wealth of ideas and a rousing Rondo finale give this work invigorating freshness. Beethoven specialist Mari Kodama is at the piano with Kent Nagano conducting the OSM, in a performance of great complicity.
CANCELLED - KENT NAGANO AND THE OSM: RAVEL'S BOLÉRO, ONE LAST TIME
Saturday, August 8, 8:30 p.m. – Maison symphonique
Directed by Kent Nagano, the OSM performs two of its greatest successes: the bewitching Boléro by Ravel showcasing each section of the Orchestra, and Debussy’s poetic Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. The OSM’s virtuoso Concertmaster Andrew Wan plays the Concerto “Adrano” specially created for him by Montreal composer Samy Moussa in 2019 and performed at the Maison symphonique.
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