Nagano will become the orchestra's full-time music director in September 2006.
Among the works Nagano will lead next season are Bach's St. John's Passion, in that work's first-ever complete MSO performance; Bart‹k's Miraculous Mandarin; Bruckner's Ninth Symphony; Strauss's Four Last Songs; and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. He will also conduct the orchestra's gala benefit concert, featuring violinist Maxim Vengerov.
Other highlights include the world premieres of works by Canadian composers Fran‹ois Morel and John Rea, as well as nine other Canadian works.
Among the guest conductors on the schedule are Plšcido Domingo—who will make his Montreal debut as a conductor—Neville Marriner, and James Conlon. Guest soloists include baritone Jos_ van Dam; pianists Radu Lupu, Lang Lang, and Yefim Bronfman; and violinists Vadim Repin, Sarah Chang, and Hilary Hahn.