Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Announces 2024-25 Season

Apr 26, 2024

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has unveiled its 2024–2025 programming, marking the orchestra’s 91st season and the midway point of Music Director Rafael Payare’s tenure. The 24–25 season’s opening concerts on September 11 and 13 will feature the monumental Gurre-Lieder, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Schoenberg’s birth. The season’s second week maintains the pace with celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov in a performance of two concertos: Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1. Payare will also conduct the Orchestra in a world premiere and OSM commission by Canadian composer Michael Oesterle, as well as in Berlioz’s astonishing musical epic, the Symphonie fantastique. November will see the return of pianist Bruce Liu and a performance of Richard Strauss’ towering Alpine Symphony.

The Mahler Cycle continues in January and May with the composer’s Symphony no. 6 in a program also featuring the Five Lieder by Alma Mahler, Gustav Mahler’s spouse and a composer in her own right, performed by mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor and conducted by Payare. On February 12 and 13, the OSM and Payare celebrate love with Ravel’s poetic ballet Daphnis et Chloé in a program also showcasing the masterful cellist Alisa Weilerstein performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante. Also in February: Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s arresting and powerfully disconcerting Symphony no. 11. Mozart takes center stage in a festival devoted to him in April, where listeners can enjoy a concert version of the composer’s opera Così fan tutte. This performance kicks off a cycle of Mozart’s three operas to librettos by Da Ponte. Finally, nature and its perpetual renewal will be summoned in the season’s closing concert, with Mahler’s Song of the Earth, led by Payare. 

To explore the full season, visit osm.ca.