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.

Opening Concert: Rafael Payare Conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

September 14, 16 & 18, 2021

After incurring the wrath of the official Soviet press for his opera Lady Macbeth, Shostakovich sought to redeem himself by composing his bright, vigorous, and dramatic Fifth Symphony. But despite of appearances, this work unabashedly broaches the atmosphere of collective anguish during Stalin’s Great Purge of the 1930s.

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Hilary Hahn and the OSM in Dvořák’s Concerto

September 22 & 23, 2021

Internationally famed soloist Hilary Hahn comes to Montreal to perform with the OSM under Rafael Payare in Dvořák’s bravura-filled, Eastern European-accented, and powerfully melodic Violin Concerto.

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Purchase the Discover Rafael Payare subscription by choosing your favorites amongst the concerts conducted by the OSM’s new Maestro!

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.

Opening Concert: Rafael Payare Conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

September 14, 16 & 18, 2021

After incurring the wrath of the official Soviet press for his opera Lady Macbeth, Shostakovich sought to redeem himself by composing his bright, vigorous, and dramatic Fifth Symphony.  But despite of appearances, this work unabashedly broaches the atmosphere of collective anguish during Stalin’s Great Purge of the 1930s.

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Schumann and Shostakovich: A Lifetime's Quest for Freedom

November 17 & 18, 2021

American conductor David Zinman gives us two masterpieces that plumb the depths of human experience. Schumann’s only Piano Concerto, his self-described “musical poem,” is a compelling expression of freedom, lyricism, and originality under the expert reading of Canadian pianist Louis Lortie.

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Discover Shostakovich & Co. subscription

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’ Second Symphony, Under the Direction of Rafael Payare

September 26, 2021

Rafael Payare conducts the OSM in a program including two works by masters of the Germanic repertoire for large ensemble. Haydn set the standard for the Classical symphony and his contribution to the concerto genre was indispensable. Both achievements merge in his Sinfonia Concertante, which in this performance showcases four OSM soloists. Brahms pursued Haydn’s symphonic legacy, developing its distinctive 19th-century discourse.

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Brahms’ Romani Accents

October 20 & 21, 2021

This program of Eastern European inspiration showcases violinist Christian Tetzlaff performing Brahms’ celebrated Violin Concerto with all the dazzling technical bravura and exhilarating melodic surges one could desire. French conductor Lionel Bringuier completes the tableau with his reading of works by two great Hungarian masters: Liszt’s diabolical Mephisto Waltz and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, which both draw on Romani folklore.

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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, from October to December, on osm.ca.

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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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