Desjardins Group is proud to be a partner of the 2007 Canadian Tour of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal



    MONTREAL, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
(OSM) is pleased to announce its partnership with Desjardins Group, the
largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, as part of the
OSM's 2007 Canadian Tour under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano.
Desjardins will be the official sponsor of the OSM concerts in the following
four cities:

    Vancouver: April 17
    Toronto: April 21
    Ottawa: April 24
    Québec City: April 25

    "This highly anticipated Canadian concert tour by the OSM is a unique
opportunity for Desjardins to contribute to a major Canadian cultural event,"
said Alban D'Amours, President and CEO of Desjardins Group. "The partnership
is perfectly in tune with our development strategy, which calls for an
increased presence in specific Canadian provinces."
    "I wish to thank Desjardins Group for its involvement in the OSM's
cross-country tour as the official sponsor of four of the Orchestra's
concerts," stated Lucien Bouchard, chairman of the OSM's Board of Directors.
"Through this partnership, Desjardins Group will contribute to the success of
a prestigious tour and to enhancing the Orchestra's reputation."

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of more than $135 billion, as at December 31,
2006. It comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in
Québec and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of 7,020 elected officers, Desjardins
offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full
range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult
www.desjardins.com.

    About the OSM

    Founded in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is one of the
major cultural organizations in the city whose name it bears with pride. From
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, located in the heart of the city, the OSM shines
throughout Quebec and Canada. Through its international tours and recordings,
it has also become a cultural ambassador, making an important contribution to
the spread of culture and artistic exchanges. The excellence of the OSM has
been amply proved in the course of 37 nationwide and international tours. The
Orchestra has made close to 90 recordings; for these it has received
47 awards, 24 of them international awards.
    Kent Nagano will announce the programming for the 2007-2008 season on
April 12, this being his second as OSM music director. The Orchestra made an
acclaimed international appearance in Paris under Kent Nagano in May 2006, and
will be carrying out a first coast-to-coast Canadian tour with Maestro Nagano
from April 15 to April 29. For further information, visit www.osm.ca




For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): André Chapleau,
Director Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7229,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7229; Isabelle Huiban, Head of Media Relations, Orchestre
symphonique de Montréal, (514) 840-7414; Marie-Josée Desrochers, Director,
Communications-Marketing, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, (514) 840-7416


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