Montreal Symphony’s new hall also a boon for L’Orchestre Métropolitain

Posted on: July 6, 2011

In Saturday’s (7/2) Globe and Mail (Toronto), Robert Everett-Green describes the scene at Montreal’s Place des Arts, where the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal “is just two months away from its first rehearsals at the building known as l’Adresse symphonique. … For the OSM, better acoustics are the main prize, but not the only one. The orchestra has first pick of all performance dates at the new hall, so will be able to claim the Saturday nights that were difficult to get at Wilfrid-Pelletier. The OSM will also play all rehearsals on the stage, instead of in the varied and dissimilar rehearsal halls it now uses. … [But] the OSM won’t be l’Adresse symphonique’s only resident orchestra. Between rehearsing, performing and hosting special concerts, it will take 240 days of the hall’s calendar next season, leaving 125 available for ensembles such as the L’Orchestre Métropolitain. That orchestra’s home-grown music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is riding a tidal wave of international renown to rival that of OSM’s [Kent] Nagano, following appointments as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Nézet-Séguin’s Montreal band devotes most of its calendar to concerts in churches and maisons de la culture in the suburbs, but is increasing its single-performance programs at Place des Arts next year, from seven to 11.”

Posted July 6, 2011