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Encyclopedia > Montreal Symphony Orchestra

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) (in French: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)) is a major orchestra based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with its home venue at Montreal's Place des Arts. It is the oldest and most famous orchestra in Canada and one of the top orchestras in the world. However it is currently going into shambles after a series of strikes in 2005 and its inability to attract top guest performers and conductors since Charles Dutoit's resignation. In December 2005, principal conductor Jaqcues Lacombe announced his resignation which will leave the MSO in a directionless state until Kent Nagano steps up as music director sometime in 2006. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 500. ... The first European explorer of what is now Quebec was Jacques Cartier, who planted a cross either in the Gaspé in 1534 or at Old Fort Bay on the Lower North Shore and sailed into the St. ... View of the Place des Arts esplanade. ... Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1939) is a conductor. ... Kent Nagano is the current music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. ...


There have been a number of organisations with this name, including one formed in 1897, which lasted ten years, and another formed in 1930, which lasted eleven. The current orchestra, however, traces its roots back to 1935, when Wilfrid Pelletier formed an ensemble called Les Concerts Symphoniques. It changed to its current name in 1954. Wilfrid Pelletier (June 20, 1896 – April 9, 1982) was a Canadian orchestra conductor. ...


Principal conductors of the orchestra have included Otto Klemperer (1950–1953), Zubin Mehta (1961–1967) and Charles Dutoit (1978–2002). See Conductor for other possible uses of the word. ... Otto Klemperer (May 14, 1885 – July 6, 1973) was a German-born conductor and composer. ... Zubin Mehta (born April 29, 1936) is an Indian-born conductor of European classical music. ... Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1939) is a conductor. ...


In the early 1960s, when the Orchestra was preparing to move to new facilities at Place des Arts, patron and prominent Montreal philanthropist, John Wilson McConnell purchased the 1727 Laub-Petschnikoff Stradivarius violin for Calvin Sieb, the Symphony's concertmaster and violinist. John Wilson McConnell (July 1, 1877 - November 6, 1963) was an Anglo-Quebecer businessman, newspaper publisher, humanitarian, and the most significant philanthropist in the history of the Province of Quebec, Canada. ... The Laub-Petschnikoff Stradivarius is a violin constructed in 1722 by the famous luthier Stradivari. ... One of the violins in the Stradivarius collection of the Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain. ...


In March 2003, the orchestra announced that Kent Nagano will be its new principal conductor starting in 2006 with a contract running to 2012. He gave his first concert in Montreal on March 30, 2005. Nagano will be the musical adviser to principal guest conductor Jacques Lacombe for the next two years. 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → A timeline of events in the news for March, 2003. ... Kent Nagano is the current music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2012 (MMXII) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The MSO won a Grammy award in 1996 for their recording of Hector Berlioz' Les Troyens. It has also won a number of Juno Awards. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Portrait of Berlioz by Signol, 1832 Louis Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803–March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer best known for the Symphonie fantastique, first performed in 1830, and for his Grande Messe des morts Requiem of 1837, with its tremendous resources that include four antiphonal brass choirs. ... Les Troyens is a French opera in five acts by Hector Berlioz. ... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands; they could be considered the transnational counterpart to the United States Grammy Awards. ...


On May 10, 2005, the MSO's musicians went on strike after months of negotiations in which the union accepted concessions to the expired contract. The musicians walked off playing When The Saints Go Marching In.


See also

As a North American society and the only society on the continent with a French-speaking majority, the culture of the province of Quebec, Canada shows many unique features. ... This is a list of singers, bands, composers and other musicians from Quebec. ... Being a modern cosmopolitan society, today, all types of music can be found in the Canadian province of Quebec. ...

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