Season 2021-2022

Season 2021-2022

Experience incredible!

Take part in this unprecedented season, where renowned conductors and artists keep company with the OSM’s new Music Director Rafael Payare and the Orchestra’s musicians! More than 20 local artists blend their talents with prominent figures of the international stage, in several large-scale events to mark this 2021–2022 season.

As an integral component of the Orchestra’s musical tradition, symphonic music by Russian and German-speaking composers are given the spotlight with works by Beethoven and Brahms alongside Shostakovich, leading composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Contemporary music will fill the Maison symphonique with world premieres of works by Canadian composers including Gabriel Thibaudeau and Dorothy Chang. Eminent conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and composer Ana Sokolović join forces with the Orchestra as Artists-in-Residence.

Come and experience unforgettable moments with the OSM at the Maison symphonique, which celebrates 10 years of existence, beginning in September.

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The OSM and Rafael Payare, Experience Incredible

To mark this historic season, new Music Director Rafael Payare goes straight to the soul of the Orchestra with performances of some of its emblematic works, including Ravel’s La valse, leading the OSM musicians to shine with Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante and showcasing the Germanic and Russian repertoires that brought both the Orchestra and this beloved Venezuelan conductor to renown.

RAFAEL PAYARE AND THE LYRICISM OF BRUCKNER

May 10 & 11, 2022

Bruckner ranks with Brahms as one of the greatest symphonists of the late 19th century. His Symphony no. 7 is a true masterpiece of lyricism enriched by accents of heroism, and has been unanimously acclaimed since its premiere in Leipzig in 1884, also sparking Bruckner’s enduring fame. The work’s atmospheres and use of Wagner tubas – a first – combine in a tribute to the great Richard Wagner. Maestro Payare conducts the OSM in this performance of one of Bruckner’s most celebrated symphonies.

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BEETHOVEN’S TRIUMPHANT NINTH SYMPHONY

May 31, June 1st & June 2, 2022

In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude a season of momentous sociocultural and human upheavals with hope and grandeur.

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The OSM and Shostakovich : Experience Hope

Throughout the season, venture an experience of the evolution of Russian music through symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich as well as piano concertos by Prokofiev and Schnittke. Shostakovich’s sombre and poignant music in search of light is a stirring reflection of the major upheavals in Russia in the 20th century. His art remains just as meaningful and relevant in the context of our own time’s pressing concerns.

PIANO CONCERTOS AND TONE POEMS

April 20 & 21, 2022

Constructed as an arch, this concert is framed by two early 20th-century French works that bear deeply evocative imagery: Dukas’ Orientalist enchantment and Debussy’s aquatic mirages. At its centre, pianist Daniil Trifonov performs two Russian concertos: one by Schnittke offering a remarkable play of textures and another by Prokofiev, unfurling with characteristic shifting atmospheres. Here is a richly coloured musical journey of contrasts and metamorphoses, conducted by Rafael Payare.

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FROM MOZART TO SHOSTAKOVICH: HUMANITY IN MOVEMENT

May 18 & 19, 2022

Mozart visiting Paris during a European tour. Ravel dazzled by the excitement of North American life. Shostakovich witnessing the return of Russian soldiers in 1945. With joy, torment, and hope, three significant works bear witness to humanity in movement, facing the other, and searching for self-understanding. Closer to home, Quebec composer Simon Bertrand’s Weltengeist conveys the still world of confinement in an expression of strength and resilience. Under the direction of Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza, this inspiring program brilliantly showcases the OSM and Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

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Treat yourself to the Shostakovich & Co. subscription and be transported by the sublime works of Russian composers!

The OSM and Brahms : Experience Romanticism

This season, the spotlight shines on symphonic repertoire from German-speaking countries and on works by composers who shaped the core of this repertoire, notably Beethoven and Brahms. Beethoven was the consummate genius who recast the symphony and brought it to new heights with his Symphony no. 9, programmed in 21-22. Considered as Beethoven’s successor, Brahms also drew his own expression as much from Mozart and Haydn as from Romani rhythms and accents, the latter shining through in his Violin Concerto.

BRAHMS AND NIELSEN: VIGOUR, VIRTUOSITY, VITALITY

May 25 & 26, 2022

Juraj Valčuha’s previous performances with the OSM turned into momentous concerts. This Slovenian conductor returns to direct a work in the spirit of our age: Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4, whose four impromptu movements celebrate the regenerative forces of life and of nature. Brahms, another composer of Hanseatic origin, conjures equal vigour and vitality in his Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, a virtuosic and energetic work that perfectly completes this vitally energetic concert.

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BEETHOVEN’S TRIUMPHANT NINTH SYMPHONY

May 31, June 1st & June 2

In Song of Destiny, Brahms set to music the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, whose Romantic conjuring of Ancient Greece correlates destiny and consolation. These same themes are also found in that celebration of human fellowship, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two masterpieces for choir and orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare conclude a season of momentous sociocultural and human upheavals with hope and grandeur.

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Purchase the German Masters subscription to enjoy our selection of concerts, including Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony!

Digital experience

The OSM is pleased to unveil a new series of webcast concerts available each month, until June, on osm.ca.

Digital Brochure - Season 2021-2022

Artists-in-residence for the 2021–2022 season

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS

Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting many of the finest orchestras the world over, he is also known for his work as a composer and producer of multimedia projects. He has won eleven Grammy Awards for his recordings, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and of the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors, and is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

ANA SOKOLOVIĆ

Serbian-born Montreal composer Ana Sokolović is a prominent figure in contemporary music. Awarded several prestigious prizes and honoured in the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec Homage series, her works have been performed by acclaimed orchestras and artists and have seen international success. Ana Sokolović’s music draws on Balkan folklore to create vivid soundscapes, transporting listeners to a dreamlike magical world. Essential listening!

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