Grand Preconcert Talks

Grand Preconcert Talks

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Meet the passionate conductors, composers, performers and musicologists brought together by our Grand Preconcert Talks. All talks are hosted by radio or music professionals, and provide unique opportunities to learn more about the works, composers, and history behind each program.

Talks take place one hour before some concerts and last 30 minutes.

 

 

Hosts

CATHERINE PERRIN

Kelly Rice

Benjamin Goron

Katerine Verebely

Danick Trottier

CONCERT

SIR ANDRAS SCHIFF

DATE

OCTOBER 23 AND 24 – 7 P.M.

HOST

CATHERINE PERRIN

GUEST

SÉBASTIEN ALMON, THOMAS LE DUC-MOREAU

DESCRIPTION

In conversation with Catherine Perrin, OSM Director of Programming Marianne Perron discusses highlights of the 2019–2020 season, an emblematic year that includes the Schubert Festival, Spanish Festival, and other thematic high points. An overview of the evening’s concert of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók is also provided.

CONCERT

TRIBUTE TO FELIX LECLERC

DATE

NOVEMBER 13 AND 14 – 7 P.M.

HOST

DANICK TROTTIER

GUEST

LOU-ADRIANE CASSIDY
EMERIK St-CYR

DESCRIPTION

Researcher and popular/traditional music expert Danick Trottier engages with two young up-and-coming performers of the francophone song, Lou-Adriane Cassidy and Emerik St-Cyr, as they discuss the legacy of Félix Leclerc for younger generations.

CONCERT

CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

DATE

DECEMBER 3 AND 4 – 7 P.M.

HOST

KELLY RICE

GUEST

KENT NAGANO, ANDREW MEGILL

DESCRIPTION

Vocal music specialist Kelly Rice speaks with the evening’s two conductors Kent Nagano and Andrew Megill, as they delve into the profound and universal dimensions of Bach’s great Christmas Oratorio.

SCHUBERT FESTIVAL

CONCERT

SCHUBERT’S UNFINISHED SYMPHONY

DATE

JANUARY 12 – 2.30 P.M.

HOST

KATERINE VEREBELY

GUEST

KENT NAGANO, MARIE-HÉLÈNE BENOÎT-OTIS

DESCRIPTION

During the Schubert Festival, Katerine Verebely will host four informative talks, providing a panoramic view of this eminently Viennese composer’s output. From symphonies to vocal music through chamber music, Schubert’s works are witness to a complex and highly personal vision, as intrepid as it is truly original.

THE VIENNA OF ROSSINI AND SCHUBERT

JANUARY 15 – 6 P.M.

KATERINE VEREBELY

MARIE-HÉLÈNE BENOÎT-OTIS

VIENNA IN WALTZ TIME

JANUARY 16 – 10.30 A.M.

KATERINE VEREBELY

MARIE-HÉLÈNE BENOÎT-OTIS

VIENNESE CLASSICISM

JANUARY 16 – 10 P.M.

KATERINE VEREBELY

KENT NAGANO, ANGELA HEWITT, PAUL LEWIS

JANUARY 16 2020 – POSTCONCERT TALK AT 10 P.M.

CONCERT

THE ORGANISTS OF NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS AT THE OSM

DATE

JANUARY 21 – 8 P.M.

HOST

CATHERINE PERRIN

GUEST

OLIVIER LATRY, VINCENT DUBOIS, PHILIPPE LEFEBVRE, JOHANN VEXO

CONCERT

KENT NAGANO CONDUCTS DUSAPIN AND BEETHOVEN

DATE

FEBRUARY 18 AND 20 – 7 P.M.

HOST

CATHERINE PERRIN

GUEST

KENT NAGANO, OLIVIER LATRY AND PASCAL DUSAPIN

DESCRIPTION

In connection with its premiere, Catherine Perrin meets with both the composer and the performer of Waves, Duo for Organ and Orchestra by Pascal Dusapin, a work that will resound on organs in Hamburg, Paris and Montreal. Pascal Dusapin and Olivier Latry relate the journey that brought this work into being, from its musical conception to its performance on stage.

SPANISH FESTIVAL

CONCERT

THE BOLERO AND OTHER SPANISH INFLUENCES

DATE

APRIL 28 – 7 P.M.

HOST

KATERINE VEREBELY

GUEST

JUANJO MENA

Performance: Clara Mouriz and José Maria Gallardo del Rey

DESCRIPTION

To complement the OSM’s lively Spanish Festival, Katerine Verebely and Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena introduce us to the various facets of the event’s eclectic programming, inspired by traditional roots while strongly appealing to many non-Spanish composers and remaining very much alive in the 21st century.

FALLA’S THE THREE CORNERED HAT AND SPANISH LEGENDS

APRIL 30- 8 P.M.

KATERINE VEREBELY

JUANJO MENA

CONCERT

VISITORS, MUSIC BY PHILIP GLASS

DATE

MAY 7 – 8 P.M.

HOST

CATHERINE PERRIN

GUEST

GEORGES PRIVET

DESCRIPTION

Catherine Perrin and Georges Privet delve into the cinematographic dimensions of Godfrey Reggio’s documentary Visitors, followed by a prelude to the evening’s Music and Film concert: works by Philip Glass performed by a chamber music ensemble.

CONCERT

PATRICIA PETITBON SINGS SHÉHÉRAZADE

DATE

MAY 20 – 8 P.M.

MAY 24 – 2.30 P.M.

HOST

BENJAMIN GORON

GUEST

KATIA MAKDISSI-WARREN, JÉRÉMIE RHORER

DESCRIPTION

Musicologist Benjamin Goron talks with Katia Makdissi-Warren, the featured composer of this season’s SMCQ Homage Series, about her Ainsi chantait Simorgh (Thus Spake Simurgh), on the occasion of the work’s premiere. He also discusses other pieces on this colourful concert with conductor Jérémie Rhorer.

CONCERT

PATRICIA PETITBON SINGS SHÉHÉRAZADE

DATE

MAY 20 – 8 P.M.

MAY 24 – 2.30 P.M.

HOST

BENJAMIN GORON

GUEST

KATIA MAKDISSI-WARREN, JÉRÉMIE RHORER

DESCRIPTION

Musicologist Benjamin Goron talks with Katia Makdissi-Warren, the featured composer of this season’s SMCQ Homage Series, about her Ainsi chantait Simorgh (Thus Spake Simurgh), on the occasion of the work’s premiere. He also discusses other pieces on this colourful concert with conductor Jérémie Rhorer.

CONCERT

KENT NAGANO CONDUCTS MESSIAEN AND FAURE’S REQUIEM

DATE

2,3,4 JUNE – 7 P.M.

HOST

KELLY RICE

GUEST

KENT NAGANO

DESCRIPTION

For this last preconcert talk of the season, Maestro Kent Nagano converses with Kelly Rice about the defining moments of his 16 years with the OSM. Maestro Nagano also emphasizes the importance of music in our society and discusses his plans for the future.