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Cultural cooperation Bavaria-Quebec: The contribution of a world-class conductor

Kent Nagano
“Music brings confidence and peace.“ Kent Nagano - © OSM

Kent Nagano, one of the world's most renowned conductors, represents a very special link between Bavaria and Quebec. In 2006, he was appointed Generalmusikdirektor (Music Director) of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (left this position in 2013) and at the same time Music Director at the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.

His tireless dedication has not only significantly contributed to the construction of the new symphony hall, the Maison symphonique in Montreal; Maestro Nagano's commitment and artistic work also led to a cooperation of both orchestras. His desire was to stage the work of Arnold Schoenberg, "Pierrot Lunaire", in Montreal to celebrate the centenary of its creation.

Reception Maison SymphoniqueTwo sold-out performances reflected the expected success in May 2012. In the presence of numerous high-ranking guests from politics and business, including Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly of Quebec, former Quebec Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand, as well as senior representatives of Lufthansa, Siemens, Bombardier and HydroQuébec, Maestro Nagano conducted a visiting ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera.

The concert, which was co-organized by the State of Bavaria Québec Office and was followed by an evening reception for the high-ranking guests in presence of the artists in the wonderful rooms of the Maison Symphonique (our picture right), was one of the highlights of the cultural cooperation between Bavaria and Quebec in recent years.