The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, is celebrating its 80th season as one of Canada's oldest and most reputable professional ensembles. Founded by Alexander & Lotte Brott, the Orchestra has toured widely, in 17 countries on five continents, to critical acclaim. The OCM also recorded extensively for CBC Records and Analekta, and appeared regularly on radio and television for CBC and Radio-Canada. Maestro Boris Brott, eldest son of Alexander and Lotte, became the orchestra’s Artistic Director and principal conductor in 2005.
Today, the OCM presents concerts in halls such as the Maison symphonique, Salle Bourgie, Salle Pierre-Mercure, St-Joseph's Oratory and several others while featuring world renown soloists as well as discovering young upcoming Canadian artists. The OCM has built a strong reputation of commissioning and performing new Canadian works and continues the tradition to this day.
Believing strongly in music education, the OCM offers a series of youth concerts. It also regularly collaborates with organizations such as the Concours musical international de Montréal, Festival Montréal en lumière, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, Schulich School of Music, Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal, and several other prominent Montreal organizations. Its mission is to delight the audiences and make music accessible to all.
The OCM is most grateful for the continuing support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, all of its donors and sponsors.