Orchestre Métropolitain - Announcing the program of the 2009-2010 Season and disclosure of a new visual identity

    MONTREAL, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of his 10th season at the
head of Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, artistic director and
principal conductor of the Orchestra, was very proud to announce the musical
program of season 2009-2010. Announced this morning during the dress rehearsal
of the Bartok - Dvorak concert, the 29th season promises to be splendid and
diversified: 6 concerts at Place des Arts, 1 concert at Eglise
St-Jean-Baptiste, 18 concerts in the Montreal boroughs and 2 at the National
Arts Center in Ottawa.
    Yannick promises a fabulous beginning of season, next September 14 2009,
in the Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall of Place des Arts with the concert
Bonney,Nézet-Séguin, Strauss: Summit meeting! A program entirely devoted to
Richard Strauss. Between two of his symphonic poems Don Juan and Ein
Heldenleben, five of his most exalting lieder will be sung by the
indispensible soprano, Barbara Bonney, renowned as one of the greatest voices
of her generation with a tone marvelously pure and luminous.
    "I am very enthusiastic about the 2009-2010 season program of Orchestre
Métropolitain. I cannot wait to share with our public the beauty of each one
of the works scheduled. Each concert will be like a celebration throughout the
year of my tenth anniversary as principal conductor and artistic director of
Orchestre Métropolitain. I am very proud of the road that Orchestre
Métropolitain and I have covered together up to now. Summits have been reached
and further achievements beckon us. The season ahead will carry our public
from wonder to wonder" declared Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
    The second concert, Russian Style, scheduled for October 19 in the
Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts presents four of the greatest Russian
composers of the romantic period Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky Mussorgsky and
Borodin. The concert will open with the Russian Easter Festival Overture by
Rimsky Korsakov which recreates the thrilling majesty and the very special
splendor of the religious services so typical of the Orthodox Church. The
young British conductor, Leo Hussain, who worked with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in
Salzburg during the 2008 summer, will be on the podium. Next will follow
Tchaikovski's Violin Concerto played by violinist Yossif Ivanov ; then the
Prelude from Khovanchtchina by Mussorgsky and finally Symphony No. 2 by
Borodin. This concert will also be performed on tour in Outremont,
Rivière-des-Prairies and Ahuntsic, on October 22, 24 and 27.
    Yannick and the soloists of the Metropolitain is the title of the third
concert of the season scheduled for next November 9 at the Wilfrid-Pelletier
Hall of Place des Arts. Three works from the German repertoire are scheduled:
from the baroque period the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by Bach; from the
classical period, Symphony No. 103 by Haydn and finally from the romantic
period, Symphony No. 2 by Schumann. The flute, oboe, trumpet and violin solos
will be performed by musicians of the Métropolitain.
    The fourth concert will be colourful. It is entitled France and Fantasy.
Three major works of French music from the first half of last century are
scheduled. The Concerto for piano by Poulenc played by the very great Canadian
pianist Angela Cheng, La tragédie de Salomé by Florent Schmitt and Ma mère
l'Oye by Ravel will be performed in the Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des
Arts, on November 22 under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
    On Sunday December 13, the concert Christmas at the Opera will be
performed in Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste combining the magic of the Christmas
Season with the enchantment of Opera. Some of the lyrical masterpieces, such
as Werther by Massenet or La Bohème by Puccini, take place in whole or in part
during Christmas. What better idea for this occasion than to perform some of
their scenes? The Orchestre Métropolitain Choir and also soloists from
l'Atelier Lyrique of Opera de Montréal will perform under the direction of the
excellent Montreal conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia, a return engagement. And to
continue in the Christmas spirit, traditional Christmas music will complete
the concert.
    The sixth concert, Brahms, Bruckner, Angelich, will take place in the
Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall of Place des Arts on January 11, 2010 and will be
marked by the return of the American pianist Nicholas Angelich who was with us
in October 2007 for the concert in tribute to Glenn Gould. He will be
performing the passionate Brahms Concerto No. 1 for Piano, a magnificent work
which still has traces of the style of Brahm's mentor, Schumann, and yet is
very Brahmsian. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the conductor for this concert,
will also direct Bruckner's Symphony No. 1.
    Orchestre Métropolitain will greet the musicians of tomorrow within the
framework of its concert Youthful melodies. This seventh series of concerts
will be toured around the boroughs, from the 12 to the 16 of April, under the
direction of Pierre Tourville. The Métropolitain will undertake a fascinating
experience: promoting the remarkable talent of young musicians in our midst.
    To complete this extraordinary season, on June 20, 2010, in the
Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall of Place des Arts, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct
Mahler's Symphony of a thousand thus completing with this Symphony No. 8 the
Mahler cycle. Spectacular, colossal, mindboggling, this Symphony of a thousand
is certainly the most gigantic musical score in the currant repertoire.
Considering that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be celebrating his tenth
anniversary as conductor of Orchestre Métropolitain and will be completing a
cycle of the Mahler symphonies, the National Arts Center Symphony Orchestra of
Ottawa will join Orchestre Métropolitain to perform this enormous overspill of
joy and optimism. "A collaboration that makes us very happy" says Yannick
Nézet-Séguin. The Choirs of the two Orchestras plus the Ottawa Cantata
Singers, The Ottawa Festival Chorus and the Ottawa Choir Boys will be prepared
by Duain Wolfe.
    Ms Michelle Cormier, president of the Board of directors of Orchestre
Métropolitain, made the following remarks: "I wish to thank all our
subscribers who are the reason we exist. I also wish to thank all the
organizations which support us financially: Our Government Partners, our
Municipal and boroughs Partners, our Evening's Partners, our Services Partners
and our Media Partners. We are very thankful to these numerous partners for
their valuable contributions and substantial support of Orchestre
Métropolitain without forgetting of course The Lanaudière Festival, the
Festival Orgue et Couleurs, Summer Concerts in the Parcs of Montreal, The
Montreal International Music Competition, Montréal en tournée and Opéra de
Montréal. And last but not the least, we thank our faithful patrons and our
individual and corporate donors whose ongoing and ever renewing generosity is
    The new season announcement was made in the presence of more than 500
students registered in music programs provided by secondary schools, colleges
and universities. It was in the context of the program "Music Lovers of the
Future" of Orchestre Métropolitain, that they were invited with their teachers
to attend the general rehearsal of the Orchestra in order to share with the
musicians of the Orchestra these exceptional and intense moments.
    They took part in an activity created especially for them. They had the
privilege of experiencing a unique moment in their lives by being designated
"chroniclers for a day" Rafaele Germain, a chronicler and a writer of 2 best
sellers - Gin tonic et concombre and - Soutien-gorge rose et veston noir -gave
them, before the general rehearsal, a workshop on writing, to prepare them as
chroniclers attending the press conference announcing the Season. This
activity is part of the "General Public Approach" of the Orchestra pursuing
its efforts to widen and increase classical music attendance.

    Orchestre Métropolitain revises its brand name strategy

    Nolin-BBDO has created a new visual identity. "First by dropping the
words "du grand Montréal", its name assumes its maturity. The new identity is
directly inspired by the modernity and creativity of its conductor Yannick
Nézet-Séguin. On the whole, a clear differentiation of the brand is achieved"
mentions Alain Gignac, president and general director of BBDO Montreal and of
Nolin Branding & Design.
    "The new visual identity created by Nolin BBDO pleases me very much. It
illustrates the Orchestra very well: dynamic, stimulating, original and turned
towards the future thanks to the color green which differentiates it" added
Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

    Concerning Orchestre Métropolitain

    Created in 1981 by musicians graduated from Quebec music faculties and
conservatories, the Orchestre Métropolitain meets with great success its
challenge to promote classical music and Canadian musicians by reaching out to
a wide public. Its specific artistic activities and its important educational
approaches make of the Métropolitain an indispensible institution of major
importance in the cultural life of Montreal. For further information, please
consult the site : www.orchestremetropolitain.com

    Concerning Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Principal conductor and artistic director of Orchestre Métropolitain
since March 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has substantially increased the
standards of excellence and the popularity of the Orchestra , sharing with his
musicians precision and passion. Invited to conduct the best orchestras in the
world, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is since September 2008 the musical director of
the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the principal guest conductor
of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Orchestre Métropolitain thanks most sincerely BBDO Montréal et Nolin
Branding et Design for their conception of its new visual identity and the
public relations office of Porter Novelli Montréal for relations with the

For further information:

For further information: or for an interview with Yannick Nézet-Séguin:
Brigitte Filiatrault, Porter Novelli Montreal for Orchestre Métropolitain,
(514) 846-5605, (514) 702-2744 (cellular),

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