The OSM’s 86th season marks the end of the Kent Nagano era and the culmination of 16 years of work. Featuring internationally renowned soloists, thrilling programs and a slew of creations, this season will explode in a blaze of the most vivid colours that are guaranteed to bedazzle audiences.
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Discover some of the highlights of the 2019-2020 season.
The most remarkable works in the repertoire
DISCOVER THE BEST OF BRAHMS, DVOŘÁK, RICHARD STRAUSS AND RACHMANINOV.
Let yourself be engulfed in the powerful sound of the OSM during performances of the symphonic repertoire’s most memorable works. From Richard Strauss’s epic A Hero’s Life or Dvořák’s superb Symphony “From the New World,” come and discover masterpieces that have stood the test of time.
Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life
After making his mark at the Maison symphonique in 2018, one of today’s most exciting artists, conductor François-Xavier Roth, is back with the OSM to display his innovative approach to the orchestral canon. More information
OCT 30 | 8 P.M.
OCT 31 | 8 P.M.
Edward Gardner and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
The viola takes the spotlight with Antoine Tamestit, one of its most prestigious defenders. He will be soloist in British composer William Walton’s Viola Concerto, one of a handful of concertos for this instrument. More information
NOV 9 | 8 P.M.
NOV 10 | 2:30 P.M.
Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”
For the first time, the OSM welcomes to the podium the brilliant Xian Zhang. She will conduct the superb Symphony “From the New World” by Dvořák, this composer’s first great North American work. More information
FEB 9 | 2:30 P.M.
Jan Lisiecki Meets Brahms
Prodigious young pianist and winner of the 2009 OSM Competition, Jan Lisiecki is widely admired for his dazzling technique and exceptional musical maturity. More information
FEB 5 | 8 P.M.
FEB 8 | 8 P.M.
Prestigious guest artists at the OSM
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSICIANS.
This fall, the cream of the crop of classical music will grace the stage of the Maison symphonique. The OSM will welcome prestigious conductors and guest soloists whose reputations are firmly established. Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Beethoven, Sir András Schiff plays while conducting the Orchestra, and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev leads Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9. A rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the world’s finest musicians!
Anne-Sophie Mutter Plays Beethoven
Hailed by critics as the “undisputed queen of violin-playing”, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Beethoven’s unforgettable Violin Concerto. More information
SEP 24 | 8 P.M.
SEP 25 | 8 P.M.
Sir András Schiff Performs and Conducts the OSM
To the delight of music lovers, Hungarian pianist-conductor Sir András Schiff performs excerpts from his favourite repertoire. More information
OCT 23 | 8 P.M.
OCT 24 | 8 P.M.
Yefim Bronfman performs Mozart
Internationally acclaimed for his prodigious musical insight and dynamic approach, the charismatic Lorenzo Viotti conducts Die Seejungfrau, a Postromantic symphonic fresco by Zemlinsky inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. More information
DEC 11 | 8 P.M.
DEC 14 | 8 P.M.
DEC 15 | 2:30 P.M.
Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, According to Valery Gergiev
Acclaimed in all corners of the world, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev is in Montreal to conduct a pinnacle of the symphonic repertoire: Bruckner’s Symphony no. 9. More information
MAR 4 | 8 P.M.
MAR 5 | 8 P.M.
WORKS BY GREAT COMPOSERS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF OUR MAESTRO!
This season, Maestro Nagano will enthrall audiences with many exhilarating concerts. Become the pride of Montrealers, Kent Nagano will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Bach’s luminous Christmas Oratorio and the eagerly awaited Schubert Festival.
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. More information
SEP 21 | 2:30 P.M.
The OSM devotes a festival to iconic Viennese composer Franz Schubert. Hear this masterful melodist’s emblematic Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. Discover his many facets with Kent Nagano conducting the complete symphonies.
JAN 12 | 2.30 P.M.
JAN 14 | 8 P.M.
JAN 15 | 7 P.M.
JAN 16 | 10.30 A.M.
JAN 16 | 8 P.M.
JAN 17 | 8 P.M.
Kent Nagano Conducts Dusapin and Beethoven
Experience an exceptional event! In collaboration with prestigious European musical institutions, the OSM presents Waves, Duo for Organ and Orchestra by Dusapin, a French composer of international renown. More information
FEB 18 | 8 P.M.
FEB 20 | 8 P.M.
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Alban Gerhardt and Dvořák’s Famous Cello Concerto
Hailed for his intensely expressive playing, one of today’s finest cellists Alban Gerhardt performs a true flagship of the repertoire, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. More information
NOV 20 | 7 P.M.
NOV 21 | 8 P.M.
Vienna in Waltz Time
Schubert was only 16 when he composed his Symphony no. 1, while completing his musical studies. Still influenced by Mozart and Haydn, his personal style emerges in the poetic Andante movement. More information
JAN 15 | 7 P.M.
JAN 16 | 10:30 A.M.
Vasily Petrenko and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
One of today’s most prominent violinists, Gil Shaham performs Bartók’s dazzlingly virtuosic Violin Concerto no. 2, under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. More information
APR 16 | 10:30 A.M.
APR 16 | 7 P.M.
APR 18 | 8 P.M.
Patricia Petibon sings Shéhérazade
For her first appearance with the OSM, the incomparable Patricia Petitbon performs an Orient-themed concert, conducted by Jérémie Rohrer. More information
MAY 20 | 8 P.M.
MAY 21 | 7 P.M.
MAY 24 | 2.30 P.M.
Music and Film
A CHANCE TO WATCH CLASSIC FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN, WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT
The OSM invites the seventh art into the concert hall to offer spectators novel cinematic and symphonic experiences. The program features the captivating classic films The Phantom of the Opera, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush and Visitors, with an original soundtrack by Philip Glass. Come discover some of cinema’s masterpieces while enjoying the rich performance of the musicians on stage.
The Phantom of the Opera *
Beneath the Paris Opera House lives a fascinating character: Erik, the Phantom of the Opera. More information
*organ concert only
NOV 1st | 7 P.M.
Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush
A fine mix of humour and social critique, The Gold Rush is recognized as one of the best movies of all time. More information
MAR 10 | 7 P.M.