Founded in 1984, the OSL is one of Laval’s foremost artistic gems, with a membership of 53 professional musicians, all of whom are graduates of Quebec’s music conservatories and universities.
Crédit photo : Courtesy-Ludovic Rolland-Marcotte
By Jim Ferrier
COMMUNITY. Laval’s own symphony orchestra pays a visit to the Eastern Townships on March 3, providing a unique opportunity to hear the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL) conducted by Maestro Alain Trudel right here in a local venue. The concert is a benefit for the Brome-Missisquoi Perkins Hospital, and takes place on March 3 at Saint-François Xavier Church in Bromont.
Founded in 1984, the OSL is one of Laval’s foremost artistic gems, with a membership of 53 professional musicians, all of whom are graduates of Quebec’s music conservatories and universities. For the past 30 years the orchestra’s chief mandate has been to offer audiences grand symphonic music while providing a pleasurable listening experience.
The OSL presents six to eight symphonic concerts every year in the recently-renovated Salle André-Mathieu, as well as free outdoor summer concerts and presentations by its chamber ensemble Les Chambristes. The orchestra places a priority emphasis on making classical music accessible to younger audiences by offering a broad spectrum of musical activities, including matinee concerts in schools, composition workshops, rehearsals in high schools and concerts presented by young musicians (Les Préludes).
Alain Trudel, the OSL’s current Artistic Director, is among the most sought-after conductors in Canada. Praised by La Presse for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer”, Trudel is not only Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the OSL but also Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Previously, Trudel has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Ottawa Symphonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, musical advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra’s conductor from 2006 to 2008, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality and of public and critical acclaim.
Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada and many on the international scene. He enjoys working with opera houses, including those of Quebec City and Montreal. First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone”, Trudel has played trombone as a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide. He was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), and Heinz Unger prizes.
The OSL benefit concert for the BMP Hospital Foundation takes place on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Saint-François Xavier Church at 650 Shefford in Bromont. The performance includes works by Dvorak and Rossini as well as excerpts from The Sound of Music. Soloist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre will play Chopin. For tickets call 450 266-5548 or go to www.fondationbmp.ca.