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Kent Nagano & the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal: Inauguration of the new organ & Season announcement 2014-15

Kent Nagano and his Orchestre symphonique de Montréal await with excitement the inauguration of their new Grand Organ Pierre Béique on 28 May 2014. The organ – named after the founder and first manager of the orchestra – was built by the Canadian organ maker Casavant in cooperation with the architects of the concert hall Diamond Schmitt+Ædifica. Please find further information on the organ attached. The concert on 29 May with two world premieres of organ works by composers Kaija Saariaho and Samy Moussa will be broadcast live and for free on Medici.tv (CEST: 30 May, 2.00 am) and will be available online for three months. Please click here for the Webcast.

Kent Nagano – whose contract was recently extended until 2020 – opens the 2014-15 season on 10 and 11 September with Belioz’s dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet. In March 2015, Kent Nagano presents two rarely performed compositions: Amériques by Varèse on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death and the musical drama L’Aiglon – a joint composition by Arthur Honegger (Acts II, III and IV) and Jacques Ibert (Acts I and V) on Napoleon II.

The season brochure as a PDF: http://www.osm.ca/pdf/Brochure_OSM_saison14_15_An.pdf.

Kent Nagano and the OSM just returned from a tremendously successful European tour. The concerts in Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Vienna, Madrid, Oviedo, Cologne, Essen and Munich were received with much acclaim by both, audience and press. The orchestra and Kent Nagano presented an unusually broad repertoire with works by Berlioz, Stravinsky, Ravel, Debussy, Vivier, Unsuk Chin, Liszt’s Piano concerto, Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 as well as a world premiere by David Philip Hefti.

Two of the orchestra’s recent concerts can be watched on Medici.tv for free:

Concert from Montréal 5 March 2014

Tour concert from Wiener Konzerthaus 17 March 2014