Local NYO Alumni:
The third concert of our Edges of Canada tour takes the NYO to Montréal's Maison Symphonique, the home of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Inuagurated in 2011 and sitting at the corner of Places des Arts, the hall was built with the highest of international standards in mind regarding acoustics, stage design, and architecture. While the hall has played host to concerts from a variety of genres, it was constructed to present acoustic music ranging from large symphonies to jazz ensembles.
Ground broke on La Maison Symphonique in 2009 after debate for a new concert hall went on for years. At the time, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal performed at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, which was considered to be too large for the symphony's mission and not acoustically rewarding. The facility was built in partnership with the Quebec government and was designed by Toronto based architects, Diamond & Schmitt.
Along with being considered one of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, La Maison Symphonique is also known for housing the largest organ in the country. Built by legendary Quebec organ-makers Casavant Fréres, the instrument measures to four storeys in height and is the result of 40,000 hours of work by 82 craftsmen. In total, the organ cost $4-million dollars to build.
La Maison Symphonique has been a favourite of the NYO and played host to the announcement of our involvement with the Canada 150 celebrations last August. We look forward to returning this July for what will surely be a memorable evening of music.