100,000 dollars a year, over five years - The Ville de Montréal and the OSM conclude an important partnership agreement

    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The mayor of Montréal,
Mr. Gérald Tremblay, and Mr. Marcel Côté, chairman of the intergovernmental
relations committee and member of the executive committee of the Orchestre
symphonique de Montréal, are delighted to announce that the City and the OSM
have concluded an important partnership agreement that will provide the
Orchestra with $100,000 a year for the next five years. The announcement was
made in the presence of Mr. Kent Nagano, music director of the OSM, and
Mr. Benoit Labonté, member of the executive committee and responsible for
culture, heritage and design.
    "Culture is a major attribute in the development, the dynamism and the
brand image of Montréal at the national and international levels," stated
Mr. Tremblay. "It is one of those elements that make not only renowned artists
wish to come to Montréal but also researchers, conventioneers and tourists as
well as leading-edge companies and international organizations. The OSM is an
ambassador of the highest rank, whose reputation is beyond question. Our
administration is proud to support an organization that helps position
Montréal as a cultural metropolis of international standing. The action that
we have taken today is a reflection of our commitment, greater than ever, to
place culture at the heart of Montréal's future."
    The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal would like to thank the Ville de
Montreal for its support and encouragement, which will allow the Orchestra to
expand its role as cultural ambassador on behalf of the City, and in doing so,
will help the OSM become ever more accessible to the residents of our great
    "Montréal has earned the international reputation as a brilliant, richly
cultivated, deeply inspiring city and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is
proud to bear its name. In addition to its full season, of concerts both
within the Places Arts and throughout the City of Montréal, the OSM has shared
its artistic vision with an audience far beyond the walls of the traditional
concert hall through its awards winning program of recording and touring. In
the name of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, I would like to formally
and personally thank the Ville de Montréal and its mayor, Mr. Gerald Tremblay,
for their commitment to helping the OSM enhance its prominence within Montréal
as well as on the national and international stage", stated Kent Nagano, Music
    "Few cities in the world can boast of having an orchestra of the OSM's
prominence," added Benoit Labonté. "This great resource is something we would
like all Montrealers to share, and it was to that end that we entered into a
partnership agreement based to a large extent on the accessibility of the OSM
to the Montréal public at large. The Orchestra's open-air concerts will
therefore continue to be a feature of our city's cultural landscape."


    The agreement makes provision for projects that will benefit both the OSM
and Montréal, and consists of two specific components, namely the
accessibility of culture for Montréal citizens and the enhanced international
renown of Montréal as cultural metropolis.
    Concerning the accessibility component, the OSM will continue its
collaboration with the Ville de Montréal in presenting a major free summertime
outdoor concert as well as indoor chamber-music concerts in various boroughs.
    As to the enhanced international renown, the partnership provides for the
continuation of recording with Maestro Nagano. There will also be a resumption
of national and international touring for the OSM, which will help disseminate
Montréal, métropole culturelle.

For further information:

For further information: Service des communications et de relations avec
les citoyens: Suzanne Asselin, information officer, (514) 872-4616; Orchestre
symphonique de Montréal: Isabelle Huiban, Head of Media Relations, (514)
840-7414; Source: Cabinet du maire: Renée Sauriol, attachée de presse, (514)

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