“The Montreal Symphony Orchestra will embark in March on its most extensive tour of the United States in 25 years, the ensemble announced on Sunday, with concerts planned in 10 cities from coast to coast under the baton of its music director, Kent Nagano,” writes Michael Cooper in Monday’s (9/7) New York Times. “The pianists Daniil Trifonov and Maria João Pires will appear as guest soloists on the tour, which will honor the 40th anniversary of the orchestra’s first visit to the United States, and will feature works by Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Mr. Nagano, the orchestra’s music director since 2006, said that the ensemble had evolved since its last tour of the United States, including moving into a new concert hall, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. ‘We are eagerly looking forward to sharing our unique and historic Quebec tradition with our American friends, old and new,’ he said in a statement. The tour, which will run from March 14-26, with stops in Washington; New York; Boston; Chicago; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Palm Desert, Calif.; San Diego; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Sonoma State University; and Berkeley, Calif.”

Posted September 8, 2015