Furthermore, Talbot enabled the orchestra to make its radio debut in The autumn of marked the beginning of a troubled period for the SSQ. The first concert on 10 Dec took place at the Palais Montcalm, and the initial season consisted of four public concerts as well as five free educational concerts for schoolchildren - a major innovation.
Quebec City, then, for a brief period, had two symphony orchestras. From then on, despite serious difficulties recruiting musicians, the QSO resumed its annual series of four to six concerts, invited celebrated international artists, and offered innovative educational programming.
This included, in addition to afternoon children's concerts, a young soloists' competition initiated in Thirteen-year-old pianist Janine Lachance was the first winner, and tenor Richard Verreau won the award in This competition disappeared in the late s, but was re-established in As of , the QSO became a permanent professional ensemble and a much-valued proponent of decentralization. Dervaux remained the QSO's artistic director until , while still pursuing an international career.
Although financial constraints prevented him from augmenting the ensemble consisting in of about 65 musicians , Dervaux nonetheless conducted some remarkable performances, including Messiaen's Chronochromie October in the presence of the composer, who declared himself well satisfied.
The season marked the return of the annual competition for young Quebecois musicians. Under his direction, the QSO made its highly acclaimed Toronto debut. In William Littler 's words, "For a metropolitan area of only , people to be served by such an ensemble is a reason for flags to be flying on the shores of the St Lawrence" Toronto Star , 10 Apr Streatfeild, who made six recordings with the orchestra including its commercial recording debut, left the orchestra in May following a year of difficult negotiations.
At that time, the QSO experienced serious financial problems, requiring management to restructure the orchestra and its workforce. Verrot took up his mandate in the fall of , conducting Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique. Denys Bouliane was the QSO's composer-in-residence In July , Yoav Talmi b Kibbutz-Merhavia, Israel, 28 Apr became the QSO's tenth music director, and immediately committed himself to polishing the technical quality of the orchestra.
He instituted ambitious cycles Mahler, Bruckner, major requiems , and revived the recording and contemporary commissioning projects.
Since the QSO has continued its presentation of children's concerts and various other activities. Since its inception, the QSO has to various degrees promoted Canadian composers and encouraged new works. The focus on contemporary music programming in - the orchestra's 75th anniversary season - earned the QSO the Performing Rights Organization of Canada's first prize.
The orchestra was awarded this prize again on subsequent occasions. In January the pianist Wilhelm Kempff performed, as his debut with a Canadian orchestra, the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos. Since the orchestra's inception, its concertmasters have been Wilfrid Edge unofficially, , J. Chantal Masson took over in , alternating with Charles Dumas , when Bernard Labadie succeeded them The QSO allocates part of its annual budget to the choir, with repertoire decided by mutual agreement.
In September the orchestra launched Le Lutrin , which was published five times annually, but lasted only a few years. Since autumn , the QSO has published the quarterly La Marque , consisting of program notes, biographies of guest artists, and articles about music and culture.
Tanguay, A. Edds, Jack. In March , the orchestra announced the appointment Kent Nagano as its new music director, starting in He gave his first concert in Montreal as music director-designate March 30, Later in , the OSM's musicians struck for the second time in less than a decade. Unlike the strike, which lasted a mere three weeks and was resolved largely due to the personal relationship between Dutoit and Lucien Bouchard , then the premier of Quebec , this much more acrimonious work stoppage lasted five months, ending shortly before Nagano's first scheduled concerts.
His current contract with the OSM is through In June , the OSM announced that Nagano is to stand down from as its music director at the close of his current contract, at the end of the — season. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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