Magazine article Strings

A Plug for Montreal's Classical-Music Scene

Magazine article Strings

A Plug for Montreal's Classical-Music Scene

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Marianne Dugal speaks with great enthusiasm about her city's musical appetite and generosity. Of course, as the second associate concertmaster of Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, directed by Kent Nagano, Dugal may be a bit biased in her description of Montreal's vibrant music scene. "Montrealers take tremendous pride in their artistic and musical institutions. That is perhaps one of the reasons why the cultural scene is so vibrant in this city. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, with its 80-some recordings and world tours, acts as a driving force and inspiration for all the other musical ensembles performing in and around the town."

Newly nestled in the rich, clear acoustics of its brand-new Maison Symphonique, the OSM counts among its ranks many local musicians who grew up dreaming of one day playing in the symphony, and who realized their dreams after studying with world-class faculty at such institutions as McGill University, Université de Montréal, and Conservatoire de Musique du Québec.

There is always a lot of classical music going on in Montréal. In addition to the OSM, there is the Orchestre Métropolitain, which helped launch the career of Montrealer Yannick Nézet-Séguin. now music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, a career-path training orchestra. Other smaller groups include I Musici de Montréal and Les Violons du Roy. But there also are Baroque and new-music ensembles, chamber-music festivals, including the Festival de Musique Montreal Baroque, and the Montréal Opera.

The venues range from the state-of-the-art Maison Symphonique to the excellence of many smaller halls, such as newly built Salle Bourgie, where the Montréal Violin, Piano, and Voice Competitions are held. …

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