Posted on September 16th, 2010 by .

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and their superstar conductor, Kent Nagano, have put together another great fall lineup and, once again, I’m impressed at what a forward-thinking, proactive organization they are. It’s easy for classical music to take the stance of letting the audience come to them, but the OSM continues to prove that they are an orchestra connected to their city…

Whether it’s the discounts aimed at younger concert goers and students, or their totally cool collaboration with Mutek and The Orb’s Thomas Fehlman, it’s abundantly clear that they are committed to finding new audiences. But don’t fear, classical purists, they have a fall schedule that has something for everyone and I suggest getting in at the ground level, as next year’s season will open in a brand new, world-class concert hall. But for now, here are some highlights from the fall lineup:

All Tchaikovsky: September wraps up with a look at some selected works from the Russian composer who has composed some of the most recognized pieces in the world- like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and a little jam called the 1812 Overture. For these shows, Mikhail Pletnev and André Laplante, winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition will tackle Romeo and Juliet, his Fifth Symphony and more.

Kent Nagano and Mahler: In October, everything is coming up Mahler at the OSM. We begin with the famed conductor and composer’s Fifth Symphony, an ode to his wife Alma, for which Nagano will be joined by master violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. From there we move onto Symphony No. 1, well known for its incorporation of popular and Gypsy music, before closing with Mahler’s “terrifying and tragic” Sixth , for which the Orchestra with joined by one of the world’s greatest living pianists, Emanuel Ax.

Paganini & Salvatore Accardo: Part of being an internationally respected Orchestra is the ability to bring in some of the most talented musicians in the world. For this look at Niccolò Paganini, a composer and violinist so technically proficient that he was thought to be in possession of supernatural powers, the OSM is welcoming to Montreal Salvatore Accardo, one of the preeminent Italian violinists of our time. Sir Roger Norrington, of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, will be on hand as they also delve into the music of Haydn and Elgar.

This is only a small sampling of what is on deck this fall at the OSM, so take some time to go through their schedule and find something that suits you. We’ll be back to check in on the OSM in December when, among other wintery treats for your ears, they present that Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah, in the Notre-Dame Basilica…

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