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The last time the Montreal Symphony Orchestra came to Chicago, Ronald Reagan was in the last year of his presidency, The Last Emperor was Best Picture of the Year, and U2‘s Joshua Tree won the Grammy for Best Album. More to the point, Charles Dutoit was music director of Orchestre symphonique de Montreal and the partnership was at the peak of their international fame before their bitter bad breakup of 2002.

Kent Nagano has been leading the orchestra for a decade now, and on the evidence of Friday night's impressive concert at Orchestra Hall, the Quebec ensemble appears to be thriving once again under its American music director. Nagano's thoughtful program brought together three near-contemporaneous works that showed the roiling creative cauldron of French-Russian influence in pre- and post-World War I Paris.

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