Montreal Symphony Finally to Get New Hall

Classic Arts News   Montreal Symphony Finally to Get New Hall
A C$100 million concert hall, which has been in negotiation for two decades, will finally be built for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

The Quebec government will announce the project early next week, according to the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir. Financing will come from both the public and private sectors.

The MSO currently performs in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at the downtown Place des Arts complex, where the new venue will also be built. The Pelletier has long been criticized for poor acoustics and amenities; CBC News quotes Le Devoir as saying the new hall will have better acoustics and a seating capacity of between 1,800 to 2,200, which will allow the orchestra to expand its audience.

The MSO's 2006-07 season, which opens on September 6, will be the first under music director Kent Nagano. It features a survey of Beethoven's symphonies, performances by pianists Nikolai Lugansky and Lang Lang and a return visit by Valery Gergiev.

The orchestra also recently appointed former violinist Jean-Fran‹ois Rivest to the post of resident conductor.

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