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Élégant et très sobre, J'ai hâte, dans un prochain voyage à Montréal de me payer un concert dans une salle classique où la sonorité donnera justice à l'OSM, un orchestre exceptionnel pour une ville qui méritait enfin d'avoir une salle à son image.

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Reportage spécial sur l'orgue ce dimanche à l'émission Découvertes, si jamais ça vous intéresse.


Reportage du dimanche 25 mai 2014




Dans le ventre de l’orgue


Découverte vous invite dans les coulisses de la construction du nouvel orgue de l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Suivez sa construction dans les ateliers de Casavant Frères à St-Hyacinthe, son installation dans la Maison symphonique et toutes les étapes de son harmonisation. Un voyage étonnant dans l'architecture du son de l'un des plus grands instruments d'orchestre.

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A quand le concert de cette année de l'orchestre symphonique de Montréal? Je veux également admirer les lieux où cela se passe.


Je ne comprends pas ta question. Il y a des concerts dans la salle de l'OSM quasiment à chaque semaine


Le concert pour l'inauguration de l'orgue est mercredi le 28 mai : http://www.osm.ca/fr/evenements/concert-gala-inaugural-du-grand-orgue-pierre-beique-28-mai-2014


De plus, samedi 31 mai, il y a une série de récitaux gratuits pour marquer l'événement : http://www.osm.ca/fr/concert/portes-ouvertes-inauguration-du-grand-orgue-pierre-beique

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Architect Jack Diamond behind Montreal musical jewel


Diamond pushed to have state-of-the-art organ included in design of La Maison Symphonique de Montréal


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Toronto architect Jack Diamond wanted to make the organ part of the architecture of Montreal's Maison Symphonique.

By: Martin Knelman Entertainment, Published on Fri Jun 06 2014

MONTREAL—Normally in the world of classical music, architects design the concert halls, including plans for the best possible acoustics, but it’s up to the music director and the musicians to deal with the instruments that will be played.


A striking exception to the rule is Jack Diamond, who has lately earned the global triple crown for masterminding pitch-perfect buildings for listening to serious music in Toronto, Montreal and Saint Petersburg, Russia.


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Before the 2011 opening of La Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts, Diamond fought hard and persuasively to play a role in the design of a state-of-the-art organ planned as the pièce de résistance to enhance the sound of the orchestra in its new home.


“I wanted to make the organ a part of the architecture, not just a radiator stuck on later,” Diamond explained in an interview. “I felt strongly we needed to make it a part of our plans to envelop the room with coherent and consistent design.”


The new hall has a contemporary flavour so it wouldn’t be appropriate to have an organ that looked old-fashioned, Diamond said.


And last week when at last the $4-million Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was finally finished, installed and ready to be inaugurated at a special organ-centric Montreal Symphony Orchestra concert, the 81-year-old Toronto architect presided as one of the stars in a glittering evening.


The organ, created over three years by Casavant Frères, is a gift from Jacqueline Desmarais, Montreal’s leading cultural philanthropist, and named in honour of her dear friend, the founder and general manager of the orchestra from 1939 to 1970.


There were many tributes to Mme Desmarais, who was unable to get back to Montreal in time for the concert from Europe, where she was attending her grandson’s wedding.


But another major player was present. Lucien Bouchard, who led the Yes side in the 1995 referendum on Quebec separation from Canada and sits on the Montreal Symphony board, was a driving force in building the hall.


Bouchard hailed the organ as a majestic instrument that will be “a catalyst of creation and a force that brings together the entire musical community of Montreal and Quebec.”


According to the official program book of the inaugural concert gala, “the organ was designed and built on behalf of the OSM by the house of Casavant with the collaboration of architects Diamond Schmitt + Adifca for its visual design. . . . This is a large organ intended for orchestral use, and is recorded in the books of the Saint-Hyacinthe builder as Opus 3900. It consists of 109 registers, 83 stops, 116 ranks and 6,489 pipes.”


Instead of completing the hall three years ago with a blank wall where the organ would eventually be placed, Diamond suggested building the visible components immediately.


“The vast bulk of pipes wind up hidden behind an acoustical screen, so those could be installed later,” says Diamond. “What you see from your seat in the hall is only a few hundred of those pipes. And for me it was a real coup to persuade everyone that the pipes you actually see should be there right from the beginning.”


Diamond sketched in pencil his idea for what the visible part should look like and then had to persuade the orchestra, the engineers, project developers and Quebec government officials to do it his way.


“It took a lot of persuasion and persistence to convince them we couldn’t afford to wait for the whole organ to be built and to show how we could manage to proceed immediately with the installation I suggested and have it ready for opening day of the hall,” Diamond recalls.


According to Jacquelin Rochette, artistic director of Casavant, right from their first meeting in 2009, “the collaboration with Jack Diamond and his colleagues was fantastic.”


They came up with a design for a series of small tubelike pipes arranged to give a feeling of ascending vertical movement.


Everything came together at last week’s concert, when organist Olivier Latry began playing the new instrument with a Bach toccata and fugue and finished when the whole orchestra, under the baton of music director Kent Nagano, joined him for a roof-raising performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3. It all added up to a demonstration that this hall has great acoustics, where nuances can be savoured.


At a gala dinner after the concert, attended by top people in the financial, government and social worlds of Montreal, both French and English, Diamond was joined by theatrical wizard Robert Lepage, Oscar-winning movie director Denys Arcand and Canadian Opera Company boss Alexander Neef.


Diamond is by no means ready to retire, but he says he wants to be selective and concentrate on projects he really enjoys.


Will there by more concert halls in Diamond’s future? I predict there will be. But I doubt whether he will ever again be involved in designing an organ.




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via LaPresse :


Publié le 02 octobre 2014 à 10h17 | Mis à jour à 10h17

SNC-Lavalin vend sa participation dans la Maison symphonique


La Presse Canadienne


SNC-Lavalin (T.SNC) a annoncé jeudi la vente à l'Industrielle Alliance (T.IAG) de sa participation dans le groupe qui exploite la Maison symphonique de Montréal, pour une somme de 77,6 millions de dollars.


La firme d'ingénierie continuera à fournir des services d'exploitation et d'entretien pour la résidence permanente de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal jusqu'en 2038, qui a été construite en partenariat public-privé (PPP).


Après cette date, c'est le gouvernement du Québec - le partenaire public - qui assumera l'entière responsabilité de la salle de concert de 2100 sièges inaugurée en 2011.


La construction de la Maison symphonique de Montréal avait été annoncée en 2009 dans le cadre d'un PPP entre Québec et le Groupe immobilier Ovation, détenu à l'époque par SNC-Lavalin.


Pour la firme montréalaise, il s'agit d'une autre transaction où elle se déleste d'infrastructures afin de se repositionner dans son portefeuille de l'ingénierie et de la construction.


L'Industrielle Alliance a pour sa part indiqué que l'acquisition du Groupe immobilier Ovation s'inscrivait parfaitement dans sa stratégie visant à investir dans des «placements à long terme».


L'entreprise établie à Québec compte parmi les quatre plus importantes sociétés d'assurance de personne au Canada.

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