OSM tours Europe
Rehearsal in Garcia Navarro hall at Valencia’s Palau de la Música. Photo: Jean Buithieu / OSM
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) launched its first European tour under the direction of conductor Kent Nagano with a sold-out concert in Valencia, Spain, on April 15. The Government of Québec is a co-presenter of the six-country, 13-concert tour. Government support for the series of performances is coordinated by the Ministère des Relations internationales.
The performance program includes Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a work presented to Montréal audiences in January 2009. Kent Nagano will also lead the orchestra in the suite from Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre I and three works by Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, La Mer and Nocturnes 1 and 2.
This is the OSM’s first European tour in ten years. Led by Kent Nagano, the orchestra performed in Europe in the spring of 2006, at Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris. The OSM has chalked up about 40 international tours since its creation.
OSM’s 2009 European tour