Orchestre Métropolitain

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The Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) is a symphony orchestra in Montréal, Québec, formed in 1981. It performs primarily in the Montreal Symphony House at Place des Arts but also at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and Théâtre Maisonneuve. Outside the city centre the OM plays in Saint-Laurent, Outremont, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ahuntsic, Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Pointe-Claire.

History edit

The roots of the orchestra date to 1980, when the ensemble Les Variations became the official orchestra for the Concerts Lachine series. The ensemble consisted of young music graduates from Montreal conservatories. In 1981, Les Variations changed its name to the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, with Robert Savoie as its first chairman (until 1985) and Hun Bang as its first executive director (until 1987). The orchestra's first music director was Marc Bélanger, from 1981 to 1986.[1] Bélanger also served as artistic director from 1986 to 1987. The orchestra gave occasional concerts for its first few years, and staged its first regular season of concerts in 1985.

The orchestra compressed its official name to the Orchestre Métropolitain in 1986. Also in 1986, the Choeur de l'Orchestre Métropolitain was formed, with Jacques Faubert as its first director. That same year, Agnès Grossmann became the OM's second music director, and its second artistic director the next year. She held both posts through 1995. During the 1980s and 1990s, the OM made a number of recordings for Radio-Canada and Analekta. In 1993, the OM began its free summer concerts in Montreal parks and also performed in the Métro for the first time.

Joseph Rescigno became the OM's artistic director in 1995, and held the post through 2000.[2] Yannick Nézet-Séguin took up the post of artistic director in 2000. Nézet-Séguin has conducted the OM in several commercial recordings for the ATMA Classique label, including symphonies of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler.[3] In April 2013, the OM announced the appointment of Julian Kuerti as its first-ever principal guest conductor, with an initial contract of three years.[4] In 2017, the orchestra made its first European tour,[5] playing in Amsterdam, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, Paris, and Rotterdam.[6] Two years later, they toured four cities in the United States: Ann Arbor,[7] Chicago,[8] New York,[7] and Philadelphia.[9] Following several contract extensions with Nézet-Séguin,[10] in September 2019, the OM announced its contract with Nézet-Séguin as a lifetime contract.[11]

Members of the orchestra performed in Days of Happiness (Les Jours heureux), a 2023 drama film by Chloé Robichaud about an orchestral conductor.[12]

Recordings edit

In January 2005, the OM and Nézet-Séguin received three Opus awards from the Conseil québécois de la musique, two for their recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and one for their concert performance of Alban Berg's Wozzeck. In October 2005, the OM received a Felix Prize from the ADISQ awards for their album of Kurt Weill, in collaboration with Diane Dufresne. In 2010, the OM won an Opus Award for their recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

Music directors and artistic directors edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Galaise, Sophie; Rhéaume, Claire (March 4, 2015) [May 19, 2011]. "Orchestre Métropolitain". The Canadian Encyclopaedia. Retrieved 12 Feb 2024.
  2. ^ Daniel J Wakin (2013-01-11). "Maestro With the Turtle Tattoo". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  3. ^ David Patrick Stearns, "Nézet-Séguin's 17 recordings offer variety". Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Julian Kuerti Named Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain" (Press release). IMG Artists. 4 April 2013. Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  5. ^ Kaptainis, Arthur (Nov 24, 2016). "New album, European tour for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Métropolitain". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 12 Feb 2024.
  6. ^ "Orchestre Métropolitain: Hitting the Big Time, Having a Good Time in Europe - my/maSCENA". myscena.org. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  7. ^ a b Huss, Christophe (2019-01-31). "Carnegie Hall invite l'Orchestre Métropolitain". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  8. ^ "Chicago Classical Review » » Nézet-Séguin, Montreal orchestra make strong impact in Chicago debut". chicagoclassicalreview.com. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  9. ^ "DiDonato shines as OM flirts with perfection". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  10. ^ "Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain renew through 2020-2021" (Press release). Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  11. ^ Robert Rowat (2019-09-16). "Yannick Nézet-Séguin has renewed his contract with Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain — for life". CBC. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  12. ^ Olivier du Ruisseau, "Clap de fin pour «Les jours heureux»". Le Devoir, July 7, 2022.

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