The Orchestre Métropolitain reaches out to Montrealers, coming to their neighbourhoods and building relationships with communities across the Island. Through various initiatives, the OM bridges the gap between amateur and professional musicians.
In addition, events such as the OM Music at Noon series, pre-concert talks and concerts in healthcare settings contribute to our collective well-being, stimulate curiosity and encourage a dialogue between artists and the public.
Tutti is a unique event inspired by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s PlayIn initiative. For the occasion, the OM brings together musicians of all ages and skill levels. Amateur musicians play on stage at the Maison symphonique alongside OM musicians in a rehearsal conducted by artistic director and principal conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Because music is good for the soul, the OM and the Société pour les arts en milieu de santé (SAMS) have teamed up to put on concerts and lift the spirits of those living in long-term care homes (CHSLDs) in Greater Montréal.
With the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Orchestre Métropolitain visited each of the five CIUSSS in the Montreal area during the summer of 2020 to offer music to our seniors.
In September, downtown Montréal’s public parks are transformed into outdoor concert halls. Office workers and passersby can enjoy free performances by Orchestre Métropolitain musicians!
Radio-Canada TV and radio host Mario F. Paquet draws on his love of classical music to guide audiences through the OM’s program. The talks will feature guest artists and will take place one hour before each concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal and venues in most of the city’s boroughs.
Due to the public health measures in effect, these pre-concert talks will be online only in fall 2020.