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Montreal, April 22, 2021—The ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL is pleased and excited to announce the 2nd edition of the OSM CLASSICAL FLIGHT, a benefit concert in support of the OSM’s mission, under the evocative theme WHEN MUSIC HITS THE SKY. The OSM musicians will joyfully reunite with conductor Dina Gilbert, known for her energy, precision and versatility, while this new edition also features the involvement of Olympic gold medallist, six-time world champion in freestyle skiing and devoted lover of classical music Mikaël Kingsbury! “I was both surprised and delighted when the OSM team asked me to be their spokesperson for…

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Happy ending. Not literally, of course, since Brahms’s Fourth Symphony – as Yannick Nézet-Séguin pointed out Saturday to an audience of about 250 in the Maison symphonique – is unusual in that it concludes tragically, in the minor mode. Still, there are assertions of optimism in this great score, and interludes of tender melancholy. We got comprehensive sense of its beauties in the final installment of a cycle of Brahms symphonies by the Orchestre Métropolitain. What a shame, as YNS said, the composer wrote only four. As in the prior concerts, Yannick conducted the symphony from memory, although it was…

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Recordings of Ralph Vaughan Williams fall into the middle of the Atlantic. English interpreters – Boult, Barbirolli, Hickox, Handley and most recently Andrew Manze – veer towards understatement, allowing the power of the music to emerge by stealth. Americans – Stokowski, Previn, Slatkin – are more energetic and explicit. These may be broad generalisations, but they reflect just how narrow the arteries are of Vaughan Williams reception. No star non-UK or US conductor has ever taken up his symphonies. The only European champion on record is the Dutchman Kees Bakels on Naxos. Where do these concerts by the London Symphony…

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Undeterred by the pandemic, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and its artistic director Normand Forget were hard at work in recent months. In February, the ensemble recorded a composition by Sandeep Bhagwati at the monastery in Oka for an online video webcast, then streamed a performance dedicated to all health workers, one of them being its oboist Julie Sirois-Leclerc, also emergency physician. On April 16, it will perform live and online from its usual venue, Salle Claude-Champagne. The concert pays tribute to André Prévost, a composer and eminent teacher who passed away in 2001. The orchestra and its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt…

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Despite having been kept out of concert halls for almost a year – give or take a few weeks depending on where they live – music lovers have been gifted with a wealth of livestreams and pre-recorded concerts online. This provided them with an opportunity to discover performers, ensembles and orchestras they might never have heard before. While most agree that listening to a symphony on a laptop doesn’t come close to the traditional concertgoing experience, some organizations have made compelling arguments in favor of this new way of experiencing and performing classical music. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has been…

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Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil Alexandre Da Costa, violin and conductor; Bruno Pelletier and La Bronze, guest soloists Théâtre Plaza de Montréal March 12, 2021 On March 12, the OSDL put its Stradivarius BaROCK symphonique concert online, with violinist Alexandre Da Costa as conductor and soloist. Unlike most of the virtual concerts we have had the opportunity to watch, this wasn’t just about recording an event from the parterre or the balcony. Differing elements of this video gave us another experience, much more immersive, that went well beyond the performance of the pieces. The OSDL brought in radio host Sonia…

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Might catch on, this idea of attending concerts in person. Such is my prediction after Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Orchestre Métropolitain performed in the Maison symphonique on March 27, the day after such events became legal in Montreal. There were 250 well-distanced people in this hall that in better times accommodates more than 2,000. The outpouring of love made it a sellout in spirit. Getting in and out of the place involved a bit of a rigmarole – I was advised by security before entering that I was wearing my mask inside-out – and with no printed program to consult…

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Montreal, March 25, 2021 – More than ever before, spring in Montreal heralds rebirth, and the Orchestre  symphonique de Montréal is all set to welcome its cherished public back to the Maison symphonique! Today, we  announce our four events for spring 2021, each one led by a different conductor. Of these four new concerts  available via webcast, two will also take place before a live audience, in five performances April 7 and 8 as well as  May 4 and 5 (there will be two performances on May 5). Beginning on April 1, Bernard Labadie conducts the  Orchestra for its spring…

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Montreal, March 18, 2021 – The Orchestre Métropolitain and its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are delighted to return to performing before a live audience at three  concerts slated for March 27, April 11 and April 17, 2021, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Tickets for members of the public will go on sale at noon on Saturday, March 20, on the  www.placedesarts.com website.  On March 16, the Quebec government authorized the reopening of red zone concert venues and  theatres effective March 26. The Orchestre Métropolitain has the honour of being the first music  ensemble to perform in…

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Montreal, March 16,2021 –The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to present three original events for spectators to revisit pop music hits in their orchestral versions. A myriad of Quebec artists take to the stage of the Maison symphonique once again for OSM POP: GREAT MOMENTS. Charismatic tenor and versatile artist Marc Hervieux will perform in MARC HERVIEUX’S CARTE BLANCHE, and at long last, get ready for LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS’ ROARING OSM RETURN! Simon Leclerc, creator of the featured symphonic arrangements, will conduct all three concerts.Three unique, sometimes surprising, but always exciting musical encounters! DATES OF NEW WEBCAST CONCERTS March 23 – OSM Pop: Great Moments…

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