ZOOM IN ON CREATION

ZOOM IN ON CREATION

Since it was founded in 1934, the OSM has supported Canadian and Québec musical creation through performances of works and commissions of new pieces by our national composers. Over the last 40 years, more than 300 Canadian works have been performed by the OSM at least once. Every year, our programming offers the chance to discover compositions penned by home-grown talent, in concerts that provide unique opportunities to celebrate our contemporary musical culture.

Zoom in on creation presents information on Canadian and Québec composers whose works will be performed by the OSM during the season. Learn more about them in the information pages dedicated to each one. These backgrounders offer inquiring music lovers descriptions on each composer along with a selection of references and complementary information for further exploration.

New Canadian and Québec works commissioned by the OSM

CHAAKAPESH

A collaboration between renowned Cree author Tomson Highway and composer Matthew Ricketts, the chamber opera Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest was commissioned by the OSM for a tour of Inuit and First Nations communities in northern Quebec and will be performed in the Cree, Inuktitut and Innu languages.

With the creative contributions of local artists from each community visited, the concert was given in each of the languages spoken in the areas visited. Florent Vollant, Akinisie Sivuarapik, and Ernest Webb took turns narrating the opera—in Innu, Inuktitut, and Cree respectively—while Geoffroy Salvas (baritone) and Owen McCausland (tenor) performed their roles in Cree. The opera’s libretto was written by Tomson Highway with an orchestral score by Matthew Ricketts, and the production was staged by Charles Dauphinais. CHAAKAPESH, THE TRICKSTER’S QUEST is inspired by an Innu legend that teaches us that we are here on Earth to laugh and to live in harmony with our planet.

BRAHMS AND THE ART OF FILM

Created by Kent Nagano, Brahms and the Art of Film week is built around a unique concept that matches works by Canadian creators with those of great classical composers and silent films. Each of the four concerts in this program features a concerto, an OSM commission to accompany a short film, and one of Brahms’ four symphonies.

Four concerts that promise to bring the German composer’s voice to life in harmony with the musical voices of today!

Spring: Brahms’ First Symphony

Kent Nagano, conductor
Veronika Eberle, violin
André Moisan, bass clarinet

 

Mozart, Violin Concerto no. 5 in A major, K. 219
Simon Bertrand, World premiere – OSM commission for bass clarinet and orchestra
Brahms, Symphony no. 1 in C minor, op. 68

Summer: Brahms’ Second Symphony

Kent Nagano, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

 

R. Strauss, Burleske, TrV 145
Work to be announced
Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 73

Autumn: Brahms’ Third Symphony

Kent Nagano, conductor
Veronika Eberle, violin

 

Dvořák, Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 53
Zosha Di Castri, World premiere – OSM commission
Brahms, Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90

Winter: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony

Kent Nagano, conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

 

Beethoven, Piano concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58
Régis Campo, World premiere – OSM commission
Brahms, Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98

Canadian works in the OSM’s concert program

In addition to the five commissions from Canadian creators, the OSM will perform three works by local composers during its 2018-2019 season. These include two pieces by Claude Vivier, Lonely Child and Siddhartha, composed respectively in 1976 and 1980, and, at the end of the season, Chan Ka Nin’s My Most Beautiful Homeland, written to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra when they visit the Maison symphonique.

CLAUDE VIVIER WORK IN THE CONCERT: MAHLER’S FOURTH SYMPHONY

David Robertson, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Grand Prize winner of the 2018 OSM Manulife Competition (piano or harp)

 

Ravel, Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose), Suite
Claude Vivier, Lonely Child
Mahler, Symphony no. 4 in G major

CLAUDE VIVIER WORK IN THE CONCERT: MOZART ACCORDING TO KENT NAGANO

Kent Nagano, conductor
Rafał Blechacz, piano

 

Mozart, Serenade no. 12 in C minor, K. 388
Claude Vivier, Siddhartha
Mozart, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620: “Overture”
Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major, K. 488

CHAN KA NIN WORK IN THE CONCERT: MAHLER’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY AND THE TSO

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

 

Chan Ka Nin, My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland
Franck, Symphonic Variations, for piano and orchestra
Mahler, Symphony no. 7 in E minor, “Song of the Night”

THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE: EXPLORE FURTHER!

Many of the links on the following pages will bring you to the website of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), an organization whose mission is to stimulate and promote the awareness, appreciation and performance of Canadian music.

 

For close to 60 years now, the CMC has filled the need to have a centralized source of information on music by Canadian composers and to promote and support the performance of this repertoire.

 

The organization makes available to the public the music of its associated composers through its collection, information resources, distribution, and also various outrach and promotional activities.

 

The CMC has five offices across the country, including one in Québec, founded in 1973.

 

To access archival recordings and to familiarize yourself with the composers who will be featured in the OSM’s season program, music lovers can register on the Canadian Music Centre’s website for free.