A digital fall season

20-21 SEASON

A fall season at the OSM

To usher in its 2020–2021 season, the OSM offers a blend of serenity, transcendence and poignant emotion. As of September 11, in its home at the Maison symphonique, the Orchestra and its members will be more eager than ever to come together in programming that showcases the excellence and talent of our local musicians as well as several internationally acclaimed performers.

The fall programming for 2020–2021 will feature live, socially distanced concerts at the Maison symphonique at reduced capacity, in compliance with Public Health directives. Exclusive presale of tickets is currently reserved for our subscribers and donors. We invite you to sign up for our Newsletter to receive up-to-the-minute availability of live tickets.

To enable everyone to enjoy these inspiring and momentous performances, the OSM offers you a unique, 7 concert digital viewing experience during the months of September and October. Thanks to a collaboration with well-known Quebec artist Brigitte Poupart, and developed specifically for the occasion, these concerts offer an enhanced experience, re-conceptualized staging, and exclusive content for live audience as well as for those joining from the comfort of their home.

A digital fall season and socially distanced live concerts

OSM musicians will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with high-calibre Canadian and international soloists, including Marie-Nicole Lemieux, James Ehnes and Karina Gauvin. Additionally, two world-class orchestral conductors will lead these early-season concerts: Quebec maestro Bernard Labadie and Finnish maestra Susanna Mälkki!

Accessible digital concerts and flexible 

Of the 7 concerts programmed for the fall, 5 will be viewable directly via osm.ca. To sign up for webcasts, a donation is required, in the amount of your choice (minimum of $10 per concert). Once you have made your donation, you will be sent a link via email to view the concert, redeemable for a period of 7 days following the broadcast. For details, we invite you to consult the FAQ section.

    Charles Richard-Hamelin performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4LIVESTREAM (sept 15) - INDOOR (sept 12) Beethoven was known in his time as an immensely talented pianist and improviser. A master of his instrument, he invested his piano sonatas and concertos with a rare creative genius, at once free, intimate, dramatic and magisterial.

    Poems of Love by Mozart and BeethovenLIVESTREAM (sept 22) - INDOOR (sept 12) The two works on this programme have particular resonance in the lives of their composers. While Mozart finished his “Haffner” Symphony only three days after his marriage to Constance Weber, Beethoven wrote his only Concerto for Violin shortly after his secret engagement to Therese Von Brunsvik.

    Mozart Arias and Beethoven’s “Pastorale” SymphonyLIVESTREAM (sept 29) - INDOOR (sept 13) Placing Mozart and Beethoven side by side, this brilliant concert features performances by three Canadian artists in an eclectic and virtuosic repertoire. Bernard Labadie leads the Orchestra in the Overture to Don Giovanni, alternating between drama and frivolity...

    In the Footsteps of the Bourgeois GentilhommeLIVESTREAM (oct 06) - INDOOR (sept 30) Theatricality is showcased in this concert, beginning with Mozart’s famous Concerto for clarinet, undoubtedly one of the Viennese composer’s most expressive instruments. With his Bourgeois gentilhomme, Richard Strauss beckons us several centuries back with an immersion in the French style of Molière and Lully and depicting...

    Susanna Mälkki and the Planets by HolstLIVESTREAM (oct 13) - INDOOR (oct 02) From the warlike power of “Mars” to the impressionism of “Neptune” through the infinite lyricism of “Venus,” Gustav Holst’s The Planets remains a great classic of symphonic literature, masterfully endowing each planet with its own musical atmosphere.

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Donations in support of the OSM’s mission

All donations collected will enable the OSM to pursue its mission of education and accessibility, and moreover, in this time of global health crisis, to develop initiatives for maintaining its vital connection to the community.

Concerts presented in collaboration with our partners

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In addition to concerts viewable at osm.ca, 2 concerts will be broadcast on our partner platforms Medici.tv and Mezzo.

    Opening Concert: Beethoven and the VoiceLIVESTREAM (sept 11) - INDOOR (sept 11) This first concert of the season offers a psychological drama of Beethovinian proportions. A symphonic poem before its time, the Coriolan overture gives way to the sublimes voices of Karina Gauvin and Marie-Nicole Lemieux in a whirlwind of tormented and impossible love.

    Susanna Mälkki and Schubert’s “Unfinished” SymphonyLIVESTREAM (oct 1st) - INDOOR (oct 1st) Combining lyricism and passion, this concert charts the human experience of dreams and imagination, with three striking works. From Wagner’s Teutonic heroes to Greco-Roman mythology as depicted by Debussy...

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PHYSICAL DISTANCING CONCERTS

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From November to December, four conductors from around the world will lead the musicians of the OSM: Finnish conductor John Storgårds, Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, Finnish-Ukranian conductor Dalia Stasevska and American conductor Jeannette Sorrell. The year 2020 will end in fine style with works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Bach and Handel.

These strictly socially distanced concerts will be presented at the Maison symphonique, at reduced capacity. Consequently, the OSM has opted to honour subscriber privileges by reserving first access for them with a presale period. For the latest updates on the availability of live tickets, visit this page regularly or subscribe to our Newsletter.

    John Storgårds and Beethoven’s Eighth SymphonyINDOOR (nov 18) Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony exudes cheerful, beaming and tranquil spirit, with a highly developed finale and a minuet evoking the Viennese tradition.

    Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony With John StorgårdsINDOOR (nov 19) Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony brought renown to its composer. Its potency and exquisite melodic and architectural clarity make it a landmark of the post-Romantic repertoire, presented here in its 1921 arrangement for chamber orchestra ...

    Atmospheres of Spirituality From Bach to Pärt INDOOR (nov 21) Finnish maestro John Storgårds travels through 300 years of music in this concert bringing together works of staggering evocative power.

    Mahler ReinventedINDOOR (nov 22) An unfinished symphony by Mahler, completed in a version for chamber orchestra? Composer and conductor Michelle Castelletti accomplished this mission, demonstrating that music can be reinvented in any era while retaining its essence and challenging the present.

    Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings “Poème de l’amour et de la mer”INDOOR (nov 24, 25 and 26) OSM Artist in Residence, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux lends her voice to Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer...

    Bryan Cheng and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo VariationsINDOOR (dec 1st and 3) Young internationally renowned violinist Ray Chen performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto: pure delight is in store!

    osm_sorell Baroque Music for the Holiday SeasonINDOOR (dec 8 and 9) To brighten up the holiday season, the OSM performs Handel’s most famous oratorio, Messiah, which has been performed over 80 times by the Orchestra...

Health and safety come first!

The OSM considers its audience’s health and safety as its number-one priority. Measures have, therefore, been put in place for the 2020–2021 season, enabling you to enjoy the music with complete peace of mind. > READ MORE

Artists-in-residence

with the generous support of The Rossy Foundation

MARIE-NICOLE LEMIEUX

Her deep and luminous voice and velvet timbre are hallmarks of mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux’s triumph on the greatest European and North American stages. From Baroque to 20th-century music, this talented Quebec artists for whom “singing must be an expression of joy,” commands every repertoire. A generous performer, she has the gift of touching her listeners with even the subtlest emotions.

ANA SOKOLOVIĆ

Montrealer by adoption, Serbian-born composer Ana Sokolović is an influential figure in contemporary music. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, and the Société de musique contemporaine (SMCQ) paid tribute to her in their “Hommage” series. Her compositions have met with international success in performances by celebrated orchestras and artists. Ana Sokolović’s music conjures vivid soundscapes steeped in Balkan folklore, transporting listeners into a dreamlike “magical world.” Not to be missed!

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