80th anniversary: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra on Europe tour


Kent Nagano - photo osm.ca

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, will go on tour in Europe this March. They will play in Austria, Switzerland and Germany (Cologne, Essen and Munich). The program includes works of Unsuk Chin, Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel, Igor Strawinski, and even the Quebec composer Claude Vivier. The soloists are Quebec pianist Marc-André Hamelin, pianist Kit Armstrong and soprano Ekaterina Lekhina.

The MSO was founded by a group of music enthusiasts in 1934. Now it is one of the most important cultural institutions of the Quebec metropolis and one of the most significant orchestras in Canada. Wilfrid Pelletier was the first artistic director, followed by Désiré Defauw, Igor Markevitch, Zubin Mehta, Franz-Paul Decker, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Charles Dutoit.

Since September 2006, the orchestra is conducted by Kent Nagano, who was decorated by Quebec Prime Minister Pauline Marois in November 2013 as “Grand Officier de l’Ordre de Québec”. This is the highest decoration given by the Quebec government and the conductor earned it for his remarkable contribution to Quebec culture. Numerous national and international tours show the international repute of the award-winning orchestra. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the MSO was awarded the Grand Prix 2008 du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its interpretation of the opera Saint François d’Assise by French composer Olivier Messiaen.

March 25th, 8:00 pm
Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Kent Nagano, direction
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

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