The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has announced programming details for its fourth annual Classical Spree/Virée Classique, a 30-concert extravaganza that will run from August 5 (with a massive open-air performance of highlights from Bizet’s Carmen) at Olympic Park to the weekend of August 7-8, when the orchestra and guests will take over Place des Arts and the Maison Symphonique with solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. The weekend programs are no longer than 45 minutes in length, and tickets range from $10 to $40 each, with a number of free events as a bonus. OSM music director Kent Nagano conducts no fewer than 7 of the programs, and soloists (who often double-task as chamber musicians and recitalists) include pianists Oliver Jones, Nikolai Lugansky and Benjamin Grosvenor, violinists James Ehnes and Shunske Sato, soprano Marie-Ève Munger, baritone Hugo Laporte, and organists Jean-Willy Kunz and Philippe Bélanger. In addition to the OSM, the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal (led by Louis Lavigueur) will perform. For more information, please visit osm.ca.
The Ontario Philharmonic (based in Oshawa, Ontario and led by music director Marco Parisotto) has announced its 2015-16 program, a six-concert season based at the Regent Theatre (with one program repeated at Toronto’s Koerner Hall). Soloists include accordion virtuoso Michael Bridge, pianist Daniela Liebman, violinists Alexandre da Costa and Jacques Israelievitch, and Canadian rock icons, Lighthouse. Marjan Mozetich’s Affairs of the Heart is a featured Canadian work. For more information, please visit ontariophil.ca.