Montreal Symphony - Kent Nagano and the OSM
Filmfest 2010

"We want to take our music beyond the walls of the concert hall". Kent Nagano, a Californian of Japanese origin, embraces unconventional ideas to find his public: The musicians of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) perform in schools, in Montreal’s hockey stadium and in Inuit villages of Québec’s far north. They commission Canadian composers to write unorthodox pieces - like the concerts for Inuit throat singing or for a radio host and orchestra. Over a one year period, filmmaker Bettina Ehrhardt accompanied the orchestra from the Canadian North to Paris, witnessing how this French-Canadian orchestra rich in tradition is breaking new ground of music making with Kent Nagano. Rehearsals and concert recordings of symphonic works by Bruckner, Mahler and Debussy show how Kent Nagano forms the music. The performance of Olivier Messiaen's opera "Saint François d'Assise" reveals the spirituality of one of the most important conductors of our time. Production Notes

with: Kent Nagano and the musicians of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra

tags: Documentary


Director: Bettina Ehrhardt