83rd Season: Lyric & Eclectic - in memory of Boris Brott
JACQUES LACOME BECOMES OCM’S NEXT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
We are very proud to announce the appointment of Jacques Lacombe as our new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Maestro Lacombe will join the team on July 1, 2023, and will serve a five-year term. This marks the dawn of a new era at the OCM: for the first time in 83 years, the position of Artistic Director will not be held by a member of the Brott family. The organization will however continue to celebrate and honour the memory of those who made this orchestra so special.
“Fifty years ago, I attended my first orchestra concert in Trois-Rivières as a child, and my life was changed forever. That child became a conductor as a result of the experience, and it is with great emotion that I now take on the artistic direction of that same orchestra, buoyed by a desire to continue developing this major Quebec musical institution—the Orchestre Classique de Montréal—which was bequeathed to us by Alexander and Boris Brott thanks to their extraordinary dedication, conviction and generosity,” says Jacques Lacombe, the OCM’s new Artistic Director.
Maestro Lacombe led our Eroica concert at the Maison Symphonique in May 2022. He also conducted the OCM in its recording of the Ice Storm Symphony for the ATMA Classique label in August 2022.
Welcome to the OCM family maestro Lacombe!
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The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and cellist and manager Lotte Brott.
Previously named the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television.
Today, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative and flexible ensemble, made up of the best professional musicians in Montreal, which presents eclectic concert programs covering repertoire of all eras, from baroque to contemporary. Boris Brott, OC, OQ, the elder son and one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, led the OCM from 2000 until his death in April 2022. Maestro Jacques Lacombe becomes OCM’S 3rd Artistic Director in the summer of 2023.
The OCM is currently in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure. Fulfilling its mission of celebrating diversity and inclusivity, the OCM has created the program Music for Everyone which enables collaborations with numerous new immigrant communities and Montreal organizations in making OCM’s performances accessible to all. The OCM proudly acknowledges BMO Financial Group as its 2022-23 Season Presenter.
To learn more about The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), visit our history page.