The OSM's conductor since 2006, Maestro Nagano wishes to continue
raising the Orchestra's profile
MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Orchestre symphonique de
Montréal (OSM) is pleased to announce that Maestro Kent Nagano's
contract as the Orchestra's music director has been extended until
2020. Since its association with Maestro Nagano, the OSM has consolidated its standing among leading North American
orchestras and increased initiatives to get closer to its audience,
while contributing to making the OSM a cultural institution that is
well rooted in the community in Montreal, in Quebec and across Canada.
After serving as music advisor for two years, Maestro Nagano became the
Orchestra's music director in 2006. His first five-year term was
renewed twice, most recently until 2016.
"Since Maestro Nagano has been with the OSM, he has not only measured up
to his international reputation as an outstanding interpreter of the
classical repertoire, he has also demonstrated his ability to bring
people together around many key projects," said Lucien Bouchard,
chairman of the OSM'S board of directors. "He has contributed to
raising the OSM's profile while making a strong commitment to the
community," he added.
"Maestro Nagano is an outstanding musician who has played a prominent
role in Montreal's cultural and social life," said Hélène Desmarais,
deputy chair of the OSM's board. "He has forged relationships with many
artists in Quebec and across Canada, which have resulted in memorable
artistic collaborations," she said.
"We're very pleased that our association with Maestro Nagano has been
extended until 2020. This will enable us to build on the momentum of
the recent years and move forward with new development projects that
hold great promise for the OSM, the city of Montreal and Quebec", said
Marie-José Nadeau, vice-chair of the board of directors.
"Maestro Nagano's vision, energy and passion have been decisive elements
in the OSM's success over the past 10 years. We're delighted with the
idea of continuing this excellent partnership and look to the future
with great enthusiasm," said Madeleine Careau, the Orchestra's CEO.
"My attachment to Montreal and the close relationships I have developed
with the OSM's talented musicians over the years are among the reasons
that prompted me to renew my commitment to the Orchestra. Montreal is a
friendly city that abounds with creativity and a vibrant culture where
European and North American cultures mesh perfectly. I've had the good
fortune in recent years to be part of a great period in the Orchestra's
history. I hope to help create and develop other important projects
during my extended tenure as music director, which will raise the OSM's
profile both in Montreal and beyond," said Maestro Nagano.
A significant contribution
Since joining the OSM, Maestro Nagano has contributed to many of the
Orchestra's major projects, including Maison symphonique, its new home,
which opened in 2011, and construction of the Grand Orgue
Pierre-Béique, which will have its inaugural concert in 2014. The OSM
has become one of the foremost exponents of the rich Austro-German
repertoire and the Orchestra has recorded extensively, drawing
attention for several recordings of Beethoven, among others. In
addition, the OSM has seen growth and significant renewal of its
audiences (in 2013, the OSM had 1,300 subscribers under age 34).
Under Maestro Nagano's leadership, the OSM's musicians have demonstrated
the breadth of their talent, both in their performances of the great
classics from the European tradition and in major events. For example,
in 2009, the OSM's celebrated its 75th anniversary with a big concert
before an audience of 12,000 at the Bell Centre, at the same time as
the Montreal Canadiens marked 100 years of hockey, to the sound of
François Dompierre's Les Glorieux, followed by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Orchestra's tours have taken it to the four corners of the globe,
from Japan and South Korea to Europe and across Canada, including
Nunavik, where musicians from the OSM performed Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale in 2008.
Premieres and commissions
Over the years, the OSM has commissioned a number of original works by
Quebec composers. These include Simon Leclerc's Concerto pour animateur de radio et orchestre and Écoutez mon histoire and a work by Denis Gougeon, inspired by Quebec folklore and featuring
folk musician Yves Lambert. In 2011, Maestro Nagano and the OSM worked
with storyteller Fred Pellerin to create a musical Christmas tale that
was aired on Radio-Canada.
Awards and honours
Maestro Nagano received in 2012 the medal of honour from Quebec's
National Assembly and was named last week a Grand Officer of the Ordre
national du Québec. The maestro will also be inducted into the Academy
of Great Montrealers on November 14, in recognition of his contribution
to the arts community.
Image with caption: "Maestro Kent Nagano, music director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). (CNW Group/ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTREAL)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131111_C6236_PHOTO_EN_33215.jpg
SOURCE: ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTREAL
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