Mon­treal Sym­phony thrills fans in China

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICAS - By WANG RU in Beijing

a‘ In log­i­cal way of think­ing, my mind­set has no con­nec­tion with East­ern cul­ture. But I have strong feel­ing about Asian mu­sic, like an in­stinct.” KENT NAGANO MU­SI­CIAN

Trans­fig­u­ra­tion) and Vier Let­zte Lieder ( Four Last Songs) per­formed by prizewin­ning Rus­sian op­er­atic so­prano Olga Perety­atko.

China was the sec­ond stop on the OSM’s Asia tour after Ja­pan. In Koriyama, the OSM gave a char­ity con­cert in mem­ory of the 2011 Fukushima earth­quake.

The OSM was orig­i­nally formed in 1934 by Cana­dian con­duc­tor and pi­anist Wil­frid Pel­letier and be­came a house­hold name un­der the direc­tor­ship of Charles Du­toit, who also con­ducted the Shang­hai Sym­phony Orches­tra in con­certs in Beijing and Shang­hai.

The ex­cel­lence of the OSM has been demon­strated over the course of more than 40 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tours.

It has toured in Asia nine times, vis­it­ing Ja­pan on eight of those oc­ca­sions, has toured Europe 11 times and South Amer­ica thrice.

The OSM has also per­formed at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl, as well as the Ravinia and Tan­gle­wood fes­ti­vals in the US. From 1982 to 2004, the orches­tra was an almost an­nual vis­i­tor to Carnegie Hall, where it played to packed houses.

The March 8, 2008 con­cert marked the orches­tra’s Carnegie Hall de­but un­der Maestro Nagano.

The cur­rent tour was Nagano’s first visit to China. Be­fore he signed with the OSM, Nagano had con­ducted with many world-class orches­tras in Europe and the US.

Chi­nese au­di­ences, who are fa­mil­iar with Seiji Ozawa, the China-born Ja­panese con­duc­tor, won­der how Kent Nagano, a third­gen­er­a­tion Ja­panese im­mi­grant who never lived in Asia, made it.

“In a log­i­cal way of think­ing, my mind­set has no con­nec­tion with East­ern cul­ture,” Nagano said. “But I have strong feel­ing about Asian mu­sic, like an in­stinct.”

With the OSM, Nagano has made sev­eral com­mer­cial record­ings. His cur­rent con­tract with the OSM runs through 2016. He is also a mem­ber of the Rus­sian Na­tional Orches­tra’s con­duc­tor col­legium.

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