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Stravinsky and Ravel on the Organ 2023-2024

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Bolero are two signature works of the OSM’s repertoire. But have you ever heard them played on the organ?

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Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Bolero are two signature works of the OSM’s repertoire. But have you ever heard them played on the organ? Four acclaimed organists invite you to discover these masterpieces in truly remarkable versions for the “King of instruments”. The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique will take on orchestral dimensions for this concert that reinvents two well-known summits of classical music, made possible by the organ’s powerful, contrasting timbres. Come and experience an extraordinary moment!


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Olivier Latry, OSM organist emeritus

Shin-Young Lee, organ

With participating artists Isabelle Demers Jean-Willy Kunz 


Alexandre Guilmant, Organ Sonata no. 1 in D minor: III. Final (7 min.)

Vierne, Organ Symphony no. 3 in F-sharp minor, op. 28: IV. Adagio (8 min.)

Marcel Dupré, Prelude and Fugue in G minor, op. 7, no. 3 (7 min.)

Pierre CochereauBoléro on a Theme by Charles Racquet (13 min.)

Intermission (20 min.)

Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, for piano four-hands (arr. Stravinsky, 35 min.)

Ravel, Bolero, for four organists and snare drum (arr. Burge, 12 min.)

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously offered to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.

Total duration110minutes

Olivier Latry

OSM Organist emeritus

Acclaimed as an eminent international ambassador of the organ, Olivier Latry has performed in countless prestigious venues and been a guest of many prominent orchestras led by renowned conductors. He has numerous recordings on major labels and an impressive number of premieres of new works to his credit. Appointed titular organist of the grandes orgues of Notre-Dame de Paris at only 23 years of age and Organist Emeritus of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2012, Latry is a versatile, ingenious, and daring artist who explores all the resources of which his instrument is capable. He is also endowed with exceptional improvisational gifts.

In March 2019, Olivier entered into collaboration with La Dolce Volta label, launching his initial album Bach to the Future. In 2021, he released Inspirations, featuring works by Liszt on the organ of the Philharmonie de Paris.

Olivier Latry is Organist-in-residence with the Dresden Philharmonic for the 2021–2022 season and is currently the William T. Kemper Artist-in-Residence at the University Kansas in Lawrence.

Jean-Willy Kunz


Jean-Willy Kunz is the first Organist-in-Residence of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In addition to performances with the Orchestra and as a soloist in recital, he supervises the development and showcasing of the OSM’s Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. His most recent performances include concerts with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Violons du Roy, with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and with singer-songwriters Pierre Lapointe, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. A significant portion of his discography reflects multiple musical influences: Symphonie et créations pour orgue et orchestre, with the OSM (2016 Juno Award-winning album) ; Impressions for organ, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, double bass and percussions; Punkt, with Pierre Lapointe, and André Gagnon Baroque, for harpsichord and symphony orchestra. Jean-Willy Kunz is Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and Artistic Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition.