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The OSM celebrates Montréal’s 375th anniversary

Grammy Award-winning Maestro Kent Nagano has many special concerts planned as Music Director of the OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), to celebrate Montréal as a world capital of arts and culture during the city’s 375th anniversary in 2017. The OSM’s current season is packed with many hotly-anticipated concerts. Here are a choice few: The three-day Italian Festival presents the OSM under the direction of Carlo Rizzi in The Italian Violin: From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Paganini on March 14; Verdi & The Great Operatic Choruses with star soprano Marianne Fiset singing some of the finest Italian opera arias (including Ave Maria from Otello) on March 15; and The Pines of Rome & Famous Italian Film Soundtracks, which will showcase the  music from such classic films as The Godfather, La Dolce Vita and Once Upon a Time in the West, on March 16. A pairing generating a lot of buzz is famed British conductor Sir Andrew Davis who will direct pianist Louis Lortie and the OSM in a program that includes Chopin, Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11, and Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 6 in B minor, op. 74, on April 6 and 8. The hugely popular all-star OSM Pop Series has… / Read More →

La Virée Classique: Symphony Under the Stars

The world-renowned Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal kicks off its fifth annual OSM Couche‐Tard Classical Spree festival with its big free outdoor concert for tens of thousands of classical-music lovers on the esplanade outside Olympic Stadium on August 10. This outdoor concert is a unique Montréal tradition that, says OSM conductor and music director Kent Nagano, unites people from “across all socio-economic classes, all cultural and racial backgrounds, all nationalities and all generations.” The OSM’s Classical Spree festival – known locally as La Virée Classique OSM – will also feature three additional free outdoor concerts at the Quartier des Spectacles, as well as a series of 30 ticketed indoor concerts at Place des Arts, from Aug. 10 to 13. The opening Galaxy of Heroes concert at the Parc Olympique on Aug. 10 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Montréal’s 1976 Summer Olympic Games and the athletes who left their mark on the global Olympic movement. The Olympics is also the theme for the OSM’s Chariots of Fire indoor concert at the Maison symphonique on Aug. 12. “People associate this music with the film Chariots of Fire, a great film about the Olympics,” says the California-born Nagano. “We wanted to carry on… / Read More →

VIDEO: Montreal from Above

With the help of Air Saint Laurent, we recently had the chance to take our cameras up, over and around the island of Montreal. From the Old Port to Mount Royal, Parc Olympique to Parc Jean-Drapeau, we got a unique view of many of the iconic spots that make this city so special. Get in touch with the good folks at Air Saint Laurent and go see them yourself!

EXTREME WINTER SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT AT BARBEGAZI FESTIVAL

Winter in Montreal can be extreme, but that’s part of its charm, right? Absolutely. It’s also part of why winter sports are popular here – so popular that Montreal has taken some of those sports to the next level with the two-day Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival…