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Montreal Symphony hosts 5th annual 'Classical Spree' Music Festival / Huffington Post

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You couldn't find a better time to explore Montreal, the ‘City of Festivals' than from August 10-13 when the fine Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and music director Kent Nagano throw their annual musical gift to the city, OSM's Classical Spree, Couche-Tard. Now in its fifth year, Classical Spree is a marathon of music, solo to symphonic, spread over four days that includes over forty performances and runs from late-mornings well into the cool Montreal nights.

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal made a well-reviewed splash this spring with a ten-city US tour (‘This is a sound with tremendous polish but little varnish, and the result is exciting‘...) and OSM anchors Classical Spree with three concerts, starting with a free outdoor olympic-sized celebration at Montreal's Olympic Park. Galaxy of Heroes celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games (outside its iconic stadium) and features selections from Holts' The Planets and a hundred young Quebec athletes in a stadium spectacular conducted by Maestro Nagano. Later in the week, OSM plays Beethoven's popular Ninth Symphony, and wraps the festival with a unique night of works by Saint-Saëns, including the lush, romantic (and loud) ‘Organ' Symphony. OSM was gifted its new Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique in 2014, and the orchestra is showing off its new acquisition in this beautiful symphonic gem.