Take some time to relax and bask in the music.
The OM has prepared a free online programming featuring concerts from recent years. Keep checking our page as we will be updating it in the coming days.
This week, the OM presents Barber’s poignant Adagio for Strings and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Canadian violinist Kerson Leong, soloist in residence during our 2018-2019 season. These works were performed for the Bluebeard’s Castle concert, which earned the Orchestre a “Concert of the Year – Montréal” award at the 23rd annual Opus gala.
Barber’s Adagio for Strings was a great success after its New York debut in 1938 under the baton of the famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini. Over the years, it has been featured in many films including Platoon, Elephant Man, El Norte and Amélie.
Bartók completed Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1908, and dedicated it to Hungarian violinist Stefi Geyer (1888–1956), with whom he had fallen in love. But the feelings weren’t mutual; Geyer rejected Bartók’s declaration of love. The concerto wasn’t performed until after Bartók’s death in 1958, by Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger. It is now regularly performed by many great violinists.
This week, the OM invites you to enter the famous Bluebeard’s Castle. Listen to the concert version of this Hungarian opera, winner of the 23rd Opus Awards Gala, “Concert of the Year – Montreal” category. Under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, OM musicians join the great voices of Quebec mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier and Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea.
A new bride, a gloomy castle, seven doors. To bring in light, Judith—that is her name—has the doors opened one by one, revealing the secrets of Duke Bluebeard and discovering her own terrible fate. In Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle, the orchestra re-creates this voyage deep into Bluebeard’s psyche.
A Shared Solitude is a digital initiative featuring unique performances that bring together the creative forces of Quebec’s composers and choreographers, while showcasing skilled dancers and OM musicians. The event will be on until September 6.
This project is a collaboration between artistic directors Guillaume Côté and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and the Orchestre Métropolitain.
All episodes available online, in French only
From May 18 to 21, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin appeared on the radio with host Marie-Christine Trottier to talk about his extraordinary craft, passion and love for music, and the talented artists and friends he’s met throughout his career in the performing arts. He’ll also share the pieces and composers that inspire him, give him hope and lift his spirits.
May 18 – Episode 1: Music and Emotions
Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler, Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven
May 19 – Episode 2: Music, Love and Friendship
Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Agustin Lara
May 20 – Episode 3: Music and Life
Mahler, Florent Schmitt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven
May 21 – Episode 4: Music and the human being
Debussy, Bruckner, Mozart, Bernstein, Richard Strauss, Ravel
At this time of year, we’re usually preparing for the end of our regular season. While we can’t give you the send-off we planned, we wanted to celebrate with a unique remote symphonic event created just for you, especially for those of you who have been affected by the current situation.
Although we’re waiting for the day when we can be together again, we’re thrilled and moved to present the beautiful “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Even though we’re apart, the OM family is together in sight and sound.
On May 20, 2020, Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, hosted a virtual and inspiring conversation with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin about the arts and culture communities during this unprecedented time, and the unique challenges faced by performers and creators.
The Orchestre Métropolitain has teamed up with singer-songwriter and poet Gilles Vigneault, a Quebec icon and one of the most revered artists in the French-speaking world, to offer a unique and moving anthem. Opening with a short poem addressed to Quebecers living through these exceptional times, Vigneault has offered the OM and Yannick Nézet-Séguin the opportunity to perform his piece remotely, arranged for orchestra by Léon Bernier. From our family to yours—a message of solidarity, hope and compassion.
Mr. Vigneault was a member of the OM’s first board of directors.
This video was presented as part of Bonsoir Bonsoir TV program on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.