Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Tchaikovsky and the Force of Destiny

Fate pays a visit to the OSM with works by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. The latter described his poignant Symphony no. 4 as evoking “that fatal force which hangs above your head like the sword of Damocles.” This concert also features the first performance of Canadian composer Tim Brady’s Violin Concerto no. 2, with OSM Concertmaster Andrew Wan as soloist, conducted by Jordan de Souza.

Jordan de Souza, conductor

Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza completed a four-year term at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2020. During this time, he collaborated with renowned director Barrie Kosky on four critically acclaimed new productions: Pelléas et Mélisande, La bohème, Weinberger’s Frühlingsstürme and Candide.

A successful collaboration with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera on Strauss Der Rosenkavalier in 2021 led the orchestra to engage him to conduct Dvořák Cello Concerto and Brahms Symphony No. 4 in their Royal Festival Hall series this season. In his native Canada, he will return to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre symphonique de Québec and make debuts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra. This season he also makes his debut with Seattle Opera conducting Tristan und Isolde for the first time, as well as his Italian debut conducting the Orchestra della Toscana.

Born in Toronto, Jordan studied conducting at McGill University, Montreal and made his conducting debut aged 20 with Bach St John Passion. On graduating, he joined the McGill faculty from 2011-2015 and went on to conduct several important choral works including Bach St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor, and the Verdi, Mozart, and Fauré Requiem. During this time, he was also Conductor in Residence of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, conducting three world premières.

Andrew Wan, violin

Andrew Wan was named concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) in 2008. As soloist, he has performed worldwide under conductors such as Rafael Payare, Kent Nagano, Maxim Vengerov, Vasily Petrenko, Bernard Labadie, Carlo Rizzi, Peter Oundjian, Xian Zhang, Michael Stern and James DePreist. Wan performs regularly as guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, National Arts Centre, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony orchestras.

Wan’s discography includes Grammy-nominated and Juno, Felix and Opus award-winning releases on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, and Naxos labels with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, New York’s Metropolis Ensemble, Charles Richard-Hamelin and the New Orford String Quartet. In the fall of 2015, he released a live recording of all three Saint-Saëns violin concerti with the OSM and Kent Nagano under the Analekta label to wide critical acclaim. His recent live album of works for violin and orchestra by Bernstein, Moussa and Ginastera with Nagano and the OSM won the 2021 Juno award for Best Classical Recording for Large Ensemble.

Wan graduated from The Juilliard School with Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees and is currently a member of the New Orford String Quartet, Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival and for the 2017-18 season was Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he won the Part-Time Teaching Award at the Schulich School of Music.

Verdi, La forza del destino: “Overture” (8 min.)
Tim Brady, Violin Concerto no. 2 (25 min.)—World premiere, OSM commission*
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 in F minor, op. 36 (44 min.)
*Concerts on February 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm only

Pre-concert Talk on February 8 and 9 (evening only) at 6:30 pm
Hosted by : Catherine Perrin
Guests: Tim Brady, Andrew Wan and Jordan de Souza
Duration: 30 minutes

Maison symphonique
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 10:30am
Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:30pm

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