Season 2022-2023

OSM. DRIVEN BY INTENSITY.

Maestro Rafael Payare’s arrival at the OSM brings fresh impetus and the promise of inspiring and memorable musical experiences. Among the highlights of this 89th season, our new Music Director proposes a rediscovery of works by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.

The Orchestra welcomes renowned international guest conductors such as Dalia Stasevska, Jérémie Rhorer and Maxim Vengerov, as well as some twenty Canadian conductors and soloists, including soprano Barbara Hannigan and pianist Bruce Liu. A new work by our Composer-in-Residence Ana Sokolović will receive its world premiere. There is continuity in the OSM’s offer of a varied in-hall experience of full-scale symphonic concerts, chamber music, organ concerts, Children’s Corner concerts and Symphonic Matinees. To these, Rafael Payare brings innovation, a keen commitment to new music, initiatives for youth, as well as the discovery of Latin America’s prodigious repertoire. Concert formats are designed to offer audiences a richly diversified and stirring experience. Join us for this new season driven by intensity!

DISCOVER OUR SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS AND DON’T MISS A BEAT THIS SEASON!

Subscriptions allow you to plan your special outings to see and hear the OSM with your own preferences in mind. They also enable you to not miss a beat of this extraordinary season. This year, two subscription packages are available: opt for simplicity with a Series or for flexibility with an À la carte subscription.

SERIES SUBSCRIPTION

Choose the Series subscription package that is right for you and save 20% off regular ticket prices. Plus, enjoy the privilege of keeping the same seat all season long and retaining it for the next one!

SYMPHONIC CONCERTS SERIES

Discover our selection of concerts and be inspired by the richness of the symphonic repertoire. Each series consists of 4 to 6 concerts, presents major works with renowned guests, is specially curated for you, and encompasses every day of the week.

THEMATIC SERIES

Would you like to enjoy a different side of the Orchestra? Then opt for our series of 2 or 3 concerts grouped under the following themes: OSM Pop, Children’s Corner, or Organ.

À LA CARTE SUBSCRIPTION

Design your own musical experience by creating a customized subscription! Choose a minimum of 3 concerts that suit your schedule and musical tastes from among our entire programming for this season, and save 20%.

A cost-effective option that offers maximum flexibility!

*Applicable on regular ticket prices. With the exception of the Mahler cycle concerts (September 14-17, 2022, March 9, May 31, June 2 and 3, 2023), the Children’s Corner concerts, the OSMose concerts, and the Pianos Take the Stage OSM Competition Finale. Not applicable on Classical Spree concerts, benefit events and co-productions.

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GREAT CHORAL WORKS

All season long, the OSM Chorus joined by the Orchestra creates sublime moments within a vast range of repertoires. From sacred music to pinnacles of the Latin American repertoire through enchanting works from the Romantic era, these performances powerfully resound in all corners of the Maison symphonique.

RAFAEL PAYARE’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

September 21 and 22, 2022

A magical forest, twilight mist and mythical creatures are summoned for this unusual concert where the OSM presents Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream [ + ]

BERNARD LABADIE AND HAYDN’S CREATION

April 7 and 8, 2023

First performed in 1799, Haydn’s oratorio The Creation spread with astonishing speed throughout Europe. It united, if only for the duration of its performances [ + ]

RAFAEL PAYARE: FROM ANDALUSIA TO THE PLAINS OF VENEZUELA

April 26 and 27, 2023

This program juxtaposes two heroes in their quest for an ideal: Don Quixote, the wandering knight who ventures out to battle evil on the Andalusian plains, and Florentino [ + ]

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PIANO LOVERS

They are young, brilliant virtuosi who thrill audiences across the world. The younger generation of international concert pianists will be well represented on the OSM stage this season, performing works that are cherished by all music lovers. Alexandre Kantorow, Bruce Liu and Charles Richard-Hamelin are sure to offer audiences musical evenings that are unforgettable.

NAGANO AND KANTOROW: FROM SIBELIUS TO TCHAIKOVSKY

February 22, 25 and 26, 2023

To mark his OSM debut, young French pianist Alexandre Kantorow, gold medalist of the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition, will perform the Russian composer’s Second Concerto [ + ]

BRUCE LIU PERFORMS CHOPIN’S SECOND CONCERTO

April 19 and 20, 2023

Montrealer Bruce Liu, winner of the prestigious 2021 Chopin Piano Competition and of the 2012 OSM Competition, performs Chopin’s Concerto no. 2 [ + ]

CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN PERFORMS PROKOFIEV’S CONCERTO NO. 2

May 10, 11 and 13, 2023

Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin returns to the OSM to perform Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2, a work of spectacular bravura that caused a scandal [ + ]

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MASTERWORKS

There are certain symphonies that appeal so powerfully to successive generations that they become timeless emblems of the art of music. Every season, the OSM offers a few of these masterpieces: much like good wines, they seem to deepen and mature with age. Treat yourself to Beethoven, Berlioz or Tchaikovsky.

OSMO VÄNSKÄ AND BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 5

September 28 and 29, 2022

This program celebrates Beethoven with two works that demonstrate his forward-looking artistic vision: the Fourth Piano Concerto and the towering Symphony no. 5 [ + ]

BARBARA HANNIGAN AND THE SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

December 7, 10 and 11, 2022

A classical music icon and specialist of the contemporary repertoire, internationally renowned Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is the OSM’s guest for this concert [ + ]

TCHAIKOVSKY AND THE FORCE OF DESTINY

February 8 and 9, 2023

Fate pays a visit to the OSM with works by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. The latter described his poignant Symphony no. 4 as evoking “that fatal force which hangs above your head [ + ]

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DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

Some performers are magicians: they have the unique ability mesmerize, to plumb the soul’s depths and reveal to us in a few musical phrases who we are. Experiencing a concert by such an artist is an invaluable gift to give oneself or someone else. May the magic begin!

RAFAEL PAYARE CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH, RAVEL AND LISZT

October 12, 2022

Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem Les préludes is loosely based on a méditation on life and death by French poet Alphonse de Lamartine. It is a theme that courses through the works of Shostakovich [ + ]

SHOSTAKOVICH AND MOZART ENVISIONED BY RAFAEL PAYARE

October 13, 2022

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will perform Mozart’s exquisitely sophisticated Concerto no. 24. Elegance is also epitomized in Ravel’s ballet suite Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite) [ + ]

MAXIM VENGEROV PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH

January 18 and 19, 2023

Illustrious violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform Shostakovich’s First Concerto under the baton of Israeli-Danish conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider [ + ]

BRUCE LIU PERFORMS CHOPIN’S SECOND CONCERTO

April 19 and 20, 2023

Montrealer Bruce Liu, winner of the prestigious 2021 Chopin Piano Competition and of the 2012 OSM Competition, performs Chopin’s Concerto no. 2 [ + ]

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DISCOVERY AND NEW WORKS

Deftly combining innovation and excellence, each year the OSM features gems from the repertoire to which audiences are perhaps less accustomed. Discover works by women composers, sounds from around the globe, and lesser-known monuments as the Orchestra offers multiple opportunities to experience the diversity and richness of symphonic music outside the canon.

BEETHOVEN’S TRIPLE CONCERTO IN OSM COLOURS

November 9 and 10, 2022

Blake Pouliot, Bryan Cheng, and Angela Hewitt—three OSM Competition winners—will join forces in Beethoven’s one and only Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano [ + ]

A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE EAST: SCHEHERAZADE TO SIMURGH

April 16, 2023

For her first appearance with the OSM, New Zealander Tianyi Lu conducts a program dedicated to Persian culture: Persian Trilogy by Behzad Ranjbaran [ + ]

BARTÓK’S CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERCUSSION

May 23 and 24, 2023

The OSM is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned pianists Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan in Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion [ + ]

DIGITAL BROCHURE - SEASON 2022-2023

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE FOR THE 2022–2023 SEASON

ANA SOKOLOVIĆ

Serbian-born Montreal composer Ana Sokolović is a prominent figure of today’s music. Awarded several prestigious prizes and recognitions, including a tribute in the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec’s Homage series, her works are performed by acclaimed orchestras and artists, to great international success. Ana Sokolović’s music draws on Balkan folklore to create vivid soundscapes and transport listeners to a dreamlike, “magical world.” This is essential listening!

A world premiere by our Composer-in-Residence will also be presented during the concerts on April 26 and 27.

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