The agreement was announced this morning by R_al Raymond, the President and CEO of National Bank; Sylvie Roy, the bank's Vice President for Marketing and Public Affairs; Lucien Bouchard, OSM board chairman (and former premier of Quebec province); and Madeleine Careau, the orchestra's general manager.
National Bank's sponsorship, intended to help make the OSM's performances available to a wider audience, totals C$1 million over the next three seasons.
The Montreal Symphony's 2006-07 season, the first under incoming music director Kent Nagano, opens on September 6 with a performance of Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question, Galina Ustvolskaya's Symphony No. 4 ("Prayer") and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The concert is long since sold out.