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Last update – June 3, 1 P.M..

Back home to the Maison symphonique

Dear Music lovers,


Music can once again be heard at the Maison symphonique! A group of OSM musicians took to the stage this Monday and yesterday for a closed-door rehearsal, a first step in the gradual resumption of our in-hall activities. The fruit of their work was filmed today, still with no public present.


As of 7pm tomorrow, we invite you to visit our website at, or our Facebook page, to hear two works performed by 26 of our remarkable musicians:

The Divertimento no. 1 in D major, K. 136, for string ensemble by Mozart (15’), and;
The Serenade in D minor, op. 44, for wind ensemble, cello and double bass by Dvorak (25’)


We offer this concert for free, with a special thought for the thousands of Quebecois and Canadians who have tragically died from COVID-19. I sincerely hope that this classical music will help the families and friends of those victims to overcome their pain.


The return of our musicians to the stage has been accomplished through a rigorous safety protocol developed by the Maison symphonique in collaboration with the Place des Arts and the OSM. Adopted measures include:

– verification for the absence of flu-like symptoms associated with COVID-19;
– respect at all times for the two-metre physical distancing requirement;
– limited access to the concert hall and to equipment;
– systematic disinfection of the premises and the equipment;
– establishment of circulation corridors in order to avoid people crossing paths;
– obligation to wear face coverings at all times when in the presence of other people (except during performances on stage, when all musicians are placed at least two metres apart).


Everything has been thought and designed to ensure the security of the musicians the technicians and the members of the administration who are on hand in limited numbers. The safety protocols will be updated regularly in order to ensure that we always have recourse to the best practices available.


This return to the Maison symphonique results from the Quebec government’s decision, announced on May 22 by the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, to permit the use of concert halls for the purpose of recording, under certain conditions. We are still awaiting a government decision concerning the schedule and measures leading to the eventual resumption of our concerts with audience present.


Thanks to our many digital initiatives, allowing us to reach more than a million people, we have managed to maintain strong ties with our public, our partners, our volunteers and our sponsors. New digital initiatives will be announced within the coming weeks, allowing us all to continue to enjoy the benefits of classical music all summer long, and contributing to softening the impact of this terrible pandemic.


We thank you for your support and your faith in us.


Madeleine Careau


Last update – May 13, 12:00 P.M..

Support your orchestra today!

Dear Music lovers,


We sincerely hope this finds you, your family and your dear ones in good health, and that your morale is staying strong.

Here we are, nearly two months after having been forced to cancel a first series of concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have been in regular contact with you to keep you apprised of developments, including a simple and quick conversion procedure for tickets you may have purchased for cancelled events.

We have also launched a series of digital initiatives as a way of offering some comfort and hope during this difficult period, including online concerts, short musical pieces performed by our musicians, masterclasses, and even our first live video, in the form of an Apéro with the OSM, in the company of André Moisan, bass clarinet and saxophone, and with the participation of Olga Gross, the OSM pianist.

Together these initiatives have reached hundreds of thousands of people across different social media platforms, a result far beyond our expectations. On behalf of Maestro Nagano, of all our musicians and our entire administrative team, I thank you sincerely for your participation in this massive and sustained interest.

For several weeks now we have been working on developing a complete strategy for the eventual resumption of public concerts, respecting the directives of our public health authorities, particularly in regards to physical distancing between people. Discussions on this topic are well under way with our partners the Places de Arts and the Maison symphonique.

As soon as we get the green light from government authorities to gradually resume our activities in the concert hall, we can assure you that no compromise will be made with respect to the protection of public health, of our musicians and of all other people collaborating in the presentation of concerts at the Maison symphonique.

Like all organisations working in the performing arts, the OSM dearly hopes that by June, government public health authorities will establish parameters for the eventual resumption of our activities. Such an announcement is necessary for us to adequately plan our gradual return.

Over the course of the following weeks we will keep you informed of all developments in this regard. And of course, we will continue to offer musical performances and other activities online, so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of classical music, to discover new facets of this art form, and to get to know our remarkable musicians even better.

In closing, I would like to thank all those who, over the past weeks, have generously chosen to make a donation to the Orchestra in order to help us make it through this crisis. In these difficult times, it is more important than ever for the OSM to offer its music, and each donation helps us pursue this mission.




Thank you as well to those who have sent us warm messages of encouragement. We feel your concern and we are deeply touched. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.


Most sincerely,




Madeleine Careau


Last update – May 27, 10 A.M..

Change of dates for the concert Carte blanche à Marc Hervieux

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal wishes to inform you that due to current circumstances, the concerts Carte blanche à Marc Hervieux that were scheduled to take place on September 18 and 19, 2020 have been moved to Tuesday, January 26 and  Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 8 pm. These concerts are presented as part of the 2020-2021 OSM POP series.

September 18, 2020 January 26, 2021
September 19, 2020 January 27, 2021



If the new concert date works for your schedule, your seats are automatically reserved and your tickets are still valid. Please keep your tickets.


If the new date does not work for your schedule, we invite you to contact the OSM ticket office as soon as possible in order to:

1. Exchange your tickets at no cost to you for the other, concert or for any other concert in the 2020-2021 OSM POP series.

2. Convert the value into a credit applicable to the purchase of tickets for the next season, the programming for which will be announced as soon as the context permits.

3. Convert the value of your tickets into a donation to support the OSM’s mission. An official tax receipt will be issued in accordance with the OSM’s status as a non-profit organisation.

4. Receive a refund for the value of your tickets.


We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause, and we thank you for your interest in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.


To contact us:


Business hours by telephone:
From Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
514 842-9951 | 1 888 842-9951


The OSM Competition team is following the development of the COVID-19 situation and currently evaluating options for the 2020 edition.
At this time, the application period is suspended and postponed to a future date. Stay informed by checking the OSM website and our Facebook page.


Will the grand free concert on the Esplanade of Olympic Park as well as the Classical Spree postponed to a later date?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Quebec has issued a directive forbidding all indoor and outdoor festivals and public cultural events from now until the end of August 2020. In light of this, the Classical Spree as well as the grand concert on the Esplanade of Olympic Park, which was scheduled to take place from August 6 to 9, is cancelled.

Will all cancelled concerts be rescheduled?

  • Concerts that would have been presented between March 14 and May 24, 2020 as well as the 4 Classical Spree concerts previously put on sale are definitively cancelled and will not be rescheduled.The four performances of the concert IAM x OSM, scheduled to take place from April 7 to 10, 2020, as well as the 3 concerts scheduled on June 2-3-4 presenting Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 are postponed to a later date.Rest assured that we will inform you of the new concert dates as soon as they are available. We invite ticket holders to keep their tickets, as this postponement in no way affects their validity.

What if I have a ticket for an OSM concert?

You now have three options available to you ;

1) Convert the value of the tickets you purchased into a donation to support the mission of the OSM. A tax receipt will be emitted in accordance with the OSM’s status as a non-profit organization.

2) Convert the value into a credit applicable towards the purchase of tickets for a concert in the upcoming season, the programming for which will be announced as soon as the context permits.

3) Obtain a refund for the value of the ticket

Are my complimentary tickets still valid?

The OSM will honour any complimentary tickets you received or won at fundraising events, draws, or as compensation. Persons concerned will be contacted by e-mail as soon as concerts resume and will be provided with details about procedure for rescheduling their reservations.

I received my tickets as a gift from someone; may I obtain a refund?

The OSM will only reimburse the official ticket holder: the person who made the initial purchase.

I am being offered the opportunity to donate my ticket to the OSM instead of seeking a refund. Why and what will my donation be used for?

  • Your donation enables the OSM, a non-profit organization, to fulfill its mission of education and accessibility. The OSM offers you, among other things, free online concerts in these difficult times.

Thanks to donations, thousands of people will discover the joy and solace that classical music brings!

Is the Customer Service desk open?

  • The OSM’s administrative staff, including our Customer Service team, is following telework protocols until further notice.  Please contact us by phone or by email at [email protected]

When will the OSM’s 2020–2021 season be unveiled?

The health and safety of the OSM’s public, employees and collaborators is our foremost priority. We have therefore postponed the unveiling of our new 2020–2021 season, previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We are as excited as ever to present this brand new season to you, but we must do so in due course. We commit to informing you of the new date as soon as possible.

Counter service

Counter service is suspended as of Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. Customers are invited to contact us by phone at 514-842-9951 | 1-888-842-9951 or email at [email protected]