On the expansive esplanade outside Olympic Stadium, conductor Kent Nagano leads the world-class orchestra and guest musicians and vocalists in a concert featuring Rimski-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival, Rossini’s Serenade for strings, Ernest de Curtis’s Torna a Surriento, Dvorák’s Carnival, three traditional songs with orchestration by Simon Leclerc, and as a finale, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but get there a bit early to claim a spot, whether you’re bringing your own chair (unlike the posh interior of the symphony house, the Olympic Stadium esplanade is not equipped with seating) or simply wearing your most comfortable shoes.
Hear more Mozart – and Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rossini and Beethoven – in one convenient package at the OSM’s second annual A Cool Classical Journey, August 16-17. Whether you’re a seasoned classical music fan or have always wanted to learn more about the vast genre, create your own program from among 30 concerts taking place at Place des Arts. Organized much like a mini music festival, A Cool Classical Journey consists of 45-minute concerts – from Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Kent Nagano to performances by pianist Angela Hewitt – taking place in four venues, all within minutes of each other, as well as a number of free activities on Saturday, such as instrument demonstrations and construction workshops, storytelling for kids, two performances by the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal, and more.
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s 80th season opens on September 12 with Kent Nagano conducting French composer Hector Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, featuring a full chorus and guest vocals by soprano Ana Caterina Antonacci, Canadian tenor Michael Schade and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. The season continues with famed symphonies, chamber music, choral performances, guest artists such as violinist Gidon Kremer, collaborations with pop musicians such as Adam Cohen and Cœur de Pirate, and more.