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OSM's 2016-17 season celebrates Montreal, modernism / Montreal Gazette

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Urbanism, minimalism, Haydn, anniversaries and a steady if subtle stress on the 20th century: these are some of the themes of the 2016-17 OSM season, presented Wednesday by music director Kent Nagano at city hall. "We are only 16 years into the 21st century," Nagano said in an interview earlier this week. "To me it's fascinating that when I was conducting 20th-century music in the 20th century, it was considered avant-garde and a box-office risk. How quickly has the perspective changed."

There is surely little risk involved in the season-opening performances in the Maison symphonique on Sept. 7, 8 and 10 of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. This immensely popular cantata of 1936 is coupled with György Ligeti's Concert Românesc of 1951, which the late Hungarian once personally asked Nagano to program.

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