While major dates and events on the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal’s 2011-12 season were announced last fall by Music Director Kent Nagano, the OSM has now confirmed all of the details of its first season in its thrilling new venue, l’Adresse symphonique. We don’t have space to summarize the season in all its richness, but the design of the opening concert is a foretaste of a varied and remarkable season of music.
Here’s what the media release says: The concert is “a great musical celebration conceived as a crescendo. The first sounds heard in the new hall will be those of Québec, with works exemplifying three generations of Québec compositional creation. The human voice will first fill the air with Jesus, erbarme dich, a choral work by Claude Vivier, an essential ambassador of Québec musical sound. One of the oldest of instruments, the flute, will be heard next when Timothy Hutchins (OSM principal flute) performs Envol: Alléluia for solo flute by Gilles Tremblay, a true pioneer in the repertoire of Québec. The Orchestra’s own sound will then take wing in a premiere commissioned by the OSM from young contemporary composer Julien Bilodeau. In addition, short unpublished texts by authors that include Wajdi Mouawad, Marie-Claire Blais and Joséphine Bacon will echo Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” Kent Nagano will then conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, that monumental work that changed the course of the history of music. For the occasion the Orchestra will share the stage with a brilliant ensemble of soloists made up of soprano Erin Wall (Canada), mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura (Japan), tenor Simon O’Neill (New Zealand) and bass Mikhail Petrenko (Russia), while Toronto’s Tafelmusik Chamber Choir joins the OSM Chorus. So that the broadest possible audience can attend this memorable event, the first of the opening concerts, on September 7, will be broadcast on television, radio and the Internet by Radio-Canada, the official broadcaster of the OSM. The performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by Kent Nagano and the OSM will be recorded for release on disc (Sony/Analekta).”
And, yes, there is much, much more over the course of the season. You can find out more, here: www.osm.ca.
Sinfonia Toronto, a professional chamber orchestra led by music director Nurhan Arman, has announced its 2011-12 season, a 7-concert series at the Glenn Gould Studio. Canadian and international soloists are featured, and Canadian works include music by Malcolm Forsyth, and Glenn Buhr and world premieres by Rob Teehan and Christos Hatzis. While the later 20th and 21st centuries are well-represented, the orchestra’s repertoire ranges from Vivaldi through Mozart, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and more. For more information, please visit www.sinfoniatoronto.com.
Last Friday, Symphony Nova Scotia hosted a free concert to announce its 2011-12 season, described in the orchestra’s media release as “yet another season of classical heavyweights, Canadian and Maritime content, and collaborations with local artists and bands.” The orchestra’s capabilities in a range of music genres are well documented – and Music Director Bernhard Gueller notes that “we have exciting artists like Anton Kuerti and Julian Kuerti together, brilliant violinist Roman Simovic, and Hawksley Workman. We also have an unusual combination – the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman together with Symphony Nova Scotia. Plus, there is the Fauré Requiem, the Music of Pink Floyd, Dinuk Wijeratne’s new tabla concerto, and 27 Symphony Nova Scotia premieres (including three world premieres).” www.symphonynovascotia.ca