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Montreal classical music

Dear Prometheus

What have you done for us lately? I’ve been thinking about you since I was at your hearing last week, at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.…

Caviar and a Big Mac

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is many things under Kent Nagano, but its repertoire is never less than varied. Tuesday’s concert was an enjoyable example of…

33 year-old maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin of the Orchestre Métropolitain

A master at Montreal’s other orchestra

If trans-Atlantic jetlag carries a sting, maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin isn’t letting it show. Fresh from a full schedule in Europe, the 33-year-old conductor led the Orchestre Métropolitain in a spirited rendition of Mahler’s Song of the Earth on Monday night.

An Almost Relaxing Rite

The programme offered unusual pairings — The Rite of Spring and Mahler; Mahler and Chinese poetry; Chinese drama and a Western orchestra—but the result was unquestionably a…

A World of Faith and Harmony

It’s a Finnegan’s Wake, literature beyond words. Like Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, architecture beyond building. Olivier Messiaen’s grand conception of a dramatic poem celebrating the spiritual…