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The celebrated Orchestre symphonique de Montréal returns to Washington Performing Arts at the dawn of a new era, as it welcomes the exciting Venezuelan-born conductor Rafael Payare as its ninth music director. A graduate of his home country’s renowned El Sistema, Payare has been hailed as “a prodigious artist who combines a rare gift of auditory perfection with a profound, delicate, intense, quivering sensitivity” (Le Monde, France).

Complementing this “new beginning” on the bill is a longtime favorite of Washington Performing Arts audiences: Yefim “Fima” Bronfman. The great Israeli-American pianist joins the OSM for Bartók’s technically imposing, ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2—a work featured on Bronfman’s 1997 Grammy Award-winning recording of Bartók concerti. The OSM rounds out the program with Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 5 and with Precipice, a compact and ethereal work commissioned by the OSM from contemporary American-born, Canadian-resident composer Dorothy Chang.

BARTÓK - Piano Concerto No. 2
MAHLER - Symphony No. 5

Note: Yefim Bronfman also appears in recital on Tuesday, April 4.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.


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