Canada’s Orchestra symphonique de Montréal has announced details of its 2011-12 season, the first in its new 2,100-seat home, as yet unnamed, set to open in September. Music Director Kent Nagano will lead the OSM’s season-opening concert on September 7 of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, for which the orchestra will be joined by Tonronto’s Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and vocal soloists; that concert will be broadcast on television, radio, and the internet by Radio-Canada, and will recorded for later release by Sony/Analekta. Also scheduled during the orchestra’s opening week are a children’s concert featuring Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf, and Debussy’s children’s ballet Toy Box, with students from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. On September 13 and 14, Nagano will lead the OSM in Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, with pianist Angela Hewitt and ondes Martenot player Jean Laurendeau as soloists. During the 2011-12 season the OSM will host concerts by Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra (October) and by the New York Philharmonic (November), and a Boulez cycle in March will feature the Canadian premiere of the composer’s Répons, led by Peter Eötvös, former director of Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded by Boulez. The orchestra will close its season by observing the 100th anniversary with a performance of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, joined by the Cirque Éloize, the Montreal-based circus-arts ensemble.

Posted March 22, 2011