Kent Nagano’s Farewell Concert: The OSM and 1500 Voices to Perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony


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Sunday, August 9, 2020, on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park

Montreal, February 26, 2020 – It is with great emotion that the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announces Kent Nagano’s last concert as Music Director of the Orchestra. Featuring Beethoven’s majestic Ninth Symphony, this banner event is offered free of charge on Sunday, August 9, at 8 pm, on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park, as the closing concert of the ninth edition of the OSM’s Classical Spree.

1500-voice Ode to Joy will intone a final farewell between Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM after 16 years of collaboration. Additionally, the OSM invites all Quebec choirs of 15 members or more the opportunity to take part in this historic event.* The August 9 concert will feature four renowned Canadian soloists, to be announced at the launch of the Classical Spree in May.

Beethoven’s Ninth was a natural choice, considering Maestro Nagano’s contribution to the evolution and reputation of the OSM through his emphasis on the Germanic repertoire. Not incidentally, the same monumental work marked his very first concert as OSM Music Director in 2006, and the inaugural concert of the Maison symphonique in 2011.

“ We are honoured and touched to welcome the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Nagano to our Esplanade for the last time. This event, which brings together several thousand people every year, is an opportunity to offer Montrealers a free classical music concert by one of the greatest conductors of our time. ” – Michel Labrecque, CEO Parc Olympique

The OSM invites the public to offer one final homage and thank you Maestro Nagano for his inestimable contribution. #MERCIMAESTRO

* The deadline for registration is June 1 (for more information please contact Anne-Marie Lozier at the following address: [email protected]).

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal wishes thank its public partners : the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère du Tourisme du Québec, Canadian Heritage
Presenting sponsor of the OSM: Hydro-Québec
Presenter of the Free programming and The 34 and Under Classics offers: TD Bank Group
Host of the Classical Spree: Place des Arts
Privileged partner: Complexe Desjardins
Associate partner: Tourisme Montréal
Venue sponsors : Volvo Car Canada, Timpano Percussion, Twigg Musique, Yamaha Music Canada
Suppliers: Solotech, ESKA
Artistic partners : Alliance chorale du Québec, BAnQ Grande Bibliothèque, Fondation de la Place des Arts, Fédération des harmonies et des orchestres symphoniques du Québec, Festival Présence autochtone, YogaTribes, Conseil québécois de la musique
Media partners : CISM 89,3, ICI MUSIQUE, Ludwig van Montréal,
Public partners: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Gouvernement du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


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