Baton, drums and trumpets


Still going strong at 80 years old, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra is more popular, modern and relevant than ever after eight decades of musical creation.

To celebrate this important anniversary, its music director and conductor Kent Nagano concocted a rich and diversified program. In the fall, the MSO paid tribute to Québec’s popular culture with musical collaborations from such artists as Adam Cohen and Coeur de Pirate. Theatre and poetry sessions were also featured alongside classical works and more unexpected compositions such as music by the late Frank Zappa that join the festivities.

The MSO was founded in 1934 and has prospered well over the years under the dedicated leadership of music lovers and prestigious conductors such as its first one, Wilfrid Pelletier. The orchestra has proudly toured the world, making stops all the way from Japan to Nunavik. In honour of its great seniority, the MSO was recently endowed with a most prestigious gift: the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, now housed in the Maison symphonique.