The Quartier des Spectacles goes on a classical spree with the OSM!

August 11, 2017

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The OSM Classical Spree Festival is a unique event that showcases the many facets of classical music through numerous short, affordable and accessible events and concerts.

Presented on August 11 and 12 at Place des Arts, more than 30 concerts will satisfy music lovers of all stripes, from demanding connoisseurs to the uninitiated, as well as parents who want to introduce their kids to the world of classical music. Look at the impressive number of free events on the schedule – it’s obvious that there really is something for everyone here!

Here’s a sampling of events that will appeal to different types of music lover.


Don’t miss the OSM’s performances of two major works by French composers Ravel and Dukas, conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring the great pianist Jean-Philippe Collard. The famous symphonic poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, immortalized in the Disney classic Fantasia, will be preceded by Ravel’s timeless Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, composed especially for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein. Maison Symphonique, August 11 at 8:45 p.m.

Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor – the great Austrian composer’s final work – will be performed by the OSM, with two featured musicians: the young German violinist Veronika Eberle and Italian cellist Luigi Piovano. It’s a chance to appreciate a unique creation and discover two international rising stars. Maison Symphonique, August 12 at 5:45 p.m.

Rediscover Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with the OSM Choir and the very promising pianist Till Fellner. This major work will be preceded by Beethoven’s Elegiac Song and J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto no. 2, with soloist Veronika Eberle. It’s sure to be a divine, contemplative evening. Maison Symphonique, August 12 at 9:15 p.m.

For the curious

Music lovers who want to learn more about music have a wealth of options. American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, founder of the guitar program at the prestigious Juilliard School, looks back on her career milestones and introduces her instrument. Place des Arts, August 12 at 11:45 a.m.

Kids and adults will enjoy learning the secrets of classical music by asking the OSM’s musicians their questions during a casual discussion moderated by André Robitaille. Place des Arts, August 12 at 12:45 p.m.

For young listeners

Budding music lovers will love Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s immortal classic. The symphonic fairy tale has introduced generations of children to the wonders of orchestral music. Preceded by an original piece by Simon Leclerc, composed just for this event and featuring the bassoon. Maison Symphonique, August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

The Fun-loving Fanfare is more than a family concert, it’s a musical odyssey. At once comic and poetic, the astonishing fanfare leads the audience on a grand tour of the world, in search of dance music. A delightful journey, full of laughs! Place des Arts, August 12 at 3:15 p.m.

Free music, movies, opera

Festivalgoers can enjoy a number of free events, including the chance to meet great musicians from here and abroad.

Since its release in 1961, the movie musical Westside Story has inspired legions of music and dance lovers. The modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which won a historic haul of 10 Oscars in 1962, will be shown in an ideal setting. Place des Arts Esplanade, on August 11 at 8 p.m.

Classical music is great for any setting, whether it’s work, home – or during a yoga session. Bring your yoga mat and join in this outdoor session led by Marie-Pierre Gervais, accompanied by gorgeous classical melodies. In front of Place des Arts, August 12 at 10 a.m.

The story of Count Almaviva, who enlists his barber, Figaro, to help him win the heart of the beautiful Rosina, remains as irresistible as the timeless music it inspired. Take in a screening of The Barber of Seville as performed by the Metropolitan Opera in 2014, starring the excellent Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman and Isabel Léonard. Place des Arts Esplanade, August 12 at 8 p.m.

OSM Classical Spree Festival

August 10 to 13