Since its founding in 1934, the OSM has always supported youth. A condition of engagement for its first music director, Wilfrid Pelletier, was that the Orchestra establish a Youth Matinee series; its first concert was presented in November 1935. Throughout the OSM’s history, daring and imagination have been the hallmarks of its commitment in placing youth at the heart of its mission. Through generous and innovative initiatives, the Orchestra enables younger generations to make music a lasting part of their lives.
Taking its cue from UNESCO, which celebrates World Children’s Day each year on November 20, the OSM has chosen November to highlight its constant and ongoing commitment to all youth.
Children’s Corner concerts
The first concert of the Children’s Corner series kicks off our Youth Month! Magic potions, witches’ cauldrons, toad drool and dusty spell books will plunge youngsters into the mysterious world of witchcraft! Led by our new assistant conductor, Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, these lively concerts for young audiences invite children to discover the magic, evocative power and human scope of symphonic music all year long.
Community action and education
To help foster a diverse array of audiences, the OSM engages with its community: Francization supporting activities, Résidence à l’école, benefit events and off-site concerts by OSM soloists are just some of the initiatives through which the OSM enriches the musical life of Quebecers.
LA MUSIQUE AUX ENFANTS
Conceived by the OSM and its music director, Kent Nagano, La musique aux enfants is a musical preschool and kindergarten in the Montréal-Nord borough that provides more than 200 children from disadvantaged backgrounds with intensive music instruction (piano, violin, choral and rhythmic singing). A small hall—whose design was inspired by the Maison symphonique—was built in the school, which hosts student performances and recitals by OSM musicians.
BAL DES ENFANTS
This spectacular event brings together young and old for a magical and enchanting evening. Combining music, theatre, dance and the circus arts, the Bal des enfants encourages everyone to show off their best costume and discover music in a different way. The proceeds of this benefit event allow the OSM to pursue its educational mission.
Résidence à l’école
The Résidence à l’école initiative is a series of workshops developed to foster special relationships with students from elementary schools in disadvantaged areas. These workshops allow young people to learn to appreciate, understand and even create musical works in a multidisciplinary context. Children will also have the opportunity to attend a Children’s Corner series concert given by the OSM at the Maison symphonique. Made possible thanks to the generous donation of Ruth and David Steinberg.
Since its very beginnings, the OSM has made education a cornerstone of its mission, offering young people wonderful experiences that allow them to discover symphonic music. Find out about all the activities offered to schools and families!
The Youth Concerts provide not only educational tools for teachers but also an opportunity for students to discover the instruments, composers and great works of the symphonic repertoire.
Since 1940, the OSM Competition has been an opportunity to discover the great talents of tomorrow. Both a top-tier competition and a series of concerts and events for the general public held throughout the city, the OSM Competition offers long-term support for the career development of the winners. Former prizewinners include Joseph Rouleau (1949), André Laplante (1968), Angela Hewitt (1969), Karina Gauvin (1987), James Ehnes (1992), Andrew Wan (2007), Jan Lisiecki (2009) and Blake Pouliot (2016).
The OSM supports the emergence and development of young performers through a series of recitals at the Maison symphonique presented before the November symphony concerts.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for rising stars to gain exposure to the Orchestra’s audiences and to perform on the stage of the Maison symphonique, the home of the OSM, a privilege offered very few aspiring young recitalists.
These up-and-coming talents will present a 30-minute program one hour before each concert. Their recitals will whet the appetites of audiences who will no doubt want to return to see them perform with the Orchestra in a few years’ time!
WED. OCT 30, 7 P.M
Jean-Michel Dubé, piano
Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 27 in E minor, op. 90
Liszt, Years of Pilgrimage I, S. 160, “Obermann’s Valley”
THUR. OCT 31, 7 P.M
Ensemble of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal
Lynette Israilian, violin
Bruno Tobon, cello
Chloé Dumoulin, piano
Schumann, Piano Trio no. 3 in G minor, op. 110
SUN. NOV 3, 1 P.M.
Ensemble of Collège Vincent d’Indy
Rodgers & Hammerstein, Edelweiss (voice)
Henriette Renié, Au bord du ruisseau (harp)
Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, “Que faro senza Euridice” (voice and piano)
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen (violin and piano)
Scriabine, Etude op. 8 no. 12 (piano)
SUN. NOV 10, 1:30 P.M.
Elie Boissinot, cello
Wei-Tang Huang, piano
Beethoven, Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 5, op. 102
Debussy, Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
TUES. NOV 12, 7 P.M.
Kevin Ahfat, piano
Ginastera, Danzas argentinas, op. 2
J.S. Bach/Busoni, Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, excerpts
THUR. NOV 21, 7 P.M
Teo Gheorghiu, piano
Enescu, Rapsodia Romana no. 1
Ravel, la valse
Debussy, La plus que lente, L. 121