First American Tour of the OM

After having achieved masterful successes in November 2017 by presenting his Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal in Europe, Yannick will introduce them to his American families in November 2019. They will be accompanied by the prodigious singer and good friend Joyce DiDonato in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Chicago Symphony Hall and Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor).

NEWS RELEASE January 30, 2019, 12:00

Montreal, January 30, 2019 – The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal is pleased to announce an upcoming international tour with its artistic director and principal conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The tour will take place in the United States from November 18 to 25, 2019, and give the Montreal conductor a first opportunity to present his Quebec orchestra to audiences in the cities of Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York and Philadelphia. Also joining the Orchestre on the tour will be one of the world’s most acclaimed vocal artists, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The famous American singer will perform two pieces by Mozart, the concert aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te” and “Parto, parto” from La Clemenza di Tito, accompanied by the Orchestre. The OM will also perform the Symphony No. 4 by Bruckner, the composer largely responsible for introducing the Orchestre’s unique sound to audiences outside Canada.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin expressed his delight at the announcement: “On completing our first European tour, whose immense success exceeded all our expectations, the musicians and I understood that something very special had happened. Soon after our return, the prestigious Carnegie Hall invited the Orchestre Métropolitain to appear there with me while I am one of the Perspectives artists of this legendary hall for the 2019-2020 season. To be included in Carnegie Hall’s programming is an extraordinary mark of recognition for the greatest orchestras. I am overjoyed for my OM musicians, who will discover magnificent venues and audiences that have become adoptive families for me in Ann Arbor and Chicago and especially in New York and Philadelphia, where I have been based for several years. And to my even greater joy, we will be sharing the stage with my good friend Joyce DiDonato, an artist I adore and for whom I have the greatest admiration.”

“The OM has the wind in its sails and we are very grateful for the major projects being proposed to us,” said Jean R. Dupré, President and CEO of the Orchestre Métropolitain. “We can already predict that 2019 will be a banner year for the OM, for the development of its musicians and for the recognition of Quebec talent. This tour will yet again add to Montreal’s lustre. The new musical adventure in the United States will be one of the high points of next season, which will mark the 20th year since Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the OM’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. We dedicated our first tour to our Montreal audience, who have followed us since our earliest days. With all the support and love that concertgoers have shown us this year, we are extremely happy once again to dedicate this new tour to them, because it is our audience here in Montreal who push us to constantly excel.”


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – Chicago, Symphony Center (Orchestra Hall)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – Ann Arbor, University Musical Society (Hill Auditorium)
Friday, November 22, 2019 – New York, Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Sunday, November 24, 2019 – Philadelphia, Kimmel Center (Verizon Hall)


MOZART: Ch’io mi scordi di te
MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito: Parto, parto
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”


The Orchestre Métropolitain is the happy recipient of the 33rd Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal for the success of its first international tour. The OM has also been awarded the Prix de la meilleure tournée internationale by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


One of Quebec’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal was founded in 1981 on a daring gamble: that the best way to promote symphonic music is by creating strong ties with the public. Building on this special relationship, the ensemble has earned an enviable international reputation. Since the appointment of Yannick Nézet- Séguin as its artistic director, the Orchestra’s renown has steadily grown – in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and abroad. In its programming, the Orchestre Métropolitain affirms its pride in being what it is: authentic, bold, dedicated, passionate. The Orchestre’s activities reflect its core values of accessibility and community involvement, of artistic innovation and creativity. The Orchestre stands apart through its desire to share its enthusiasm for symphonic music and make it available to all. The Orchestre Métropolitain is thus the embodiment of the quest for excellence as well as an invitation to musical culture through its The OM at School and Playing It Forward programs, preconcert talks, many educational and community partnerships and the some 20 concerts it performs each season in Montreal boroughs, the result of more than 30 years of collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal on Tour program.

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The Orchestre Métropolitain offers its thanks to the Fonds de dotation Jacques Marchand for its generosity.
The Orchestre Métropolitain warmly thanks the Sandra & Alain Bouchard Foundation for its support.


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