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Thu Feb 25, 2016, 11:15 PM

Charles Dutoit returns from 14-year hiatus to conduct Montréal Symphony Orchestra concert.

As part of the 17th edition of the Montréal en Lumière (Montreal in Lights) festival, an exceptional concert of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra was presented on February 18. The event brought together two giants of the classical music world: conductor Charles Dutoit and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. Dutoit returned as a guest conductor after a 14 year absence.

Above all, this concert offered the opportunity to bring together the OSM and its former Musical Director Charles Dutoit. "I have spent half of my life here in Montréal," recalls Dutoit, who was the Musical Director of the orchestra from 1977 to 2002. During his tenure, the OSM expanded internationally, making more than 30 musical tours and recording 80 albums. This concert was also the conductor's premiere appearance at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, the OSM's new residence inaugurated in 2011.

For this long awaited return, Charles Dutoit offered a superb selection of works which represent his first successes at the head of the OSM. The concert opened with Berlioz's Roman Carnival, Op. 9. Afterwards, pianist Martha Argerich (who accompanied the OSM's first international tour with Charles Dutoit) joined the orchestra to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Dutoit concluded the event by conducting Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravel's La Valse.

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