Just in: Charles Dutoit and Montreal kiss and make up
February 23, 2015 by norman lebrecht
Further to the interview we published last week…
Montreal, Monday, February 23, 2015 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is happy to participate in a special event reuniting the OSM and Maestro Charles Dutoit, produced and presented by Spectra Musique for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE in 2016. This announcement was made during a press conference held at noon today in the presence of Lucien Bouchard, President of the Board of Directors of the OSM, Alain Simard, President and Managing Director of Équipe Spectra, and Maestro Charles Dutoit. The event is a reunion between Charles Dutoit and the OSM, the maestro having held the position of Artistic Director of the Orchestra from 1977 to 2002, conducting for the last time in March 2002. The 24 years under the direction of Charles Dutoit constituted a chapter which saw the OSM rise to international recognition thanks to the completion of more than 30 tours and some 80 recordings…
‘We are delighted that Alain Simard was able to seize the opportunity to invite Charles Dutoit as a part of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. That fruitful period when Charles Dutoit was at the helm of the OSM, as we all know, ended unhappily in 2002. There had to be a peaceful way forward. Charles Dutoit has contributed so much to our Orchestra. Since then the OSM has continued to develop, entering the 21st century in full command of its craft. Charles Dutoit’s efforts to secure a hall for the OSM which would befit the Orchestra’s reputation were taken up by Kent Nagano, resulting with the inauguration of the new concert hall in 2011. …With great enthusiasm, we all worked together to make the project of Charles Dutoit’s return to Montreal a reality. We hope that the Montreal public will be as happy as we are to reunite with him,’ stated Mr. Lucien Bouchard, President of the Board of Directors of the OSM.
‘It is surely a great moment in the history of the OSM to witness the return of Charles Dutoit as part of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Charles Dutoit and I have known each other for many years, and it was he who invited me to conduct the Orchestra for the first time; he is a great artist for whom I have a deep respect, and who has led an impressive career. He accomplished so much with the OSM…’ added Kent Nagano, Musical Director of the OSM.
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