MUSIC FOR EVERYONE
Our mission of celebrating inclusivity and diversity at the OCM is a very important one. We have thus created a new program called Music for Everyone with the goal of making classical music accessible to all.
With the generous support of the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, we are collaborating with various Montreal organizations who support new immigrants, women’s shelters, and others in offering complimentary tickets to all of our performances.
For students, we have reduced our tickets price to $10 for the majority of our concerts.
To make our music accessible to the elderly, we have created a string quartet, the Quatuor Classique, which will present mini-concerts in retirement homes in collaboration with the SAMS.
Simply put, we want the magic of music to be accessible to all!
DIVERSITY ACTION COMMITTEE
At the OCM, we celebrate diversity in our orchestra, our soloists, our team, our Board of Directors, and our public. We also continue to conceive creative projects and programming which celebrate the various Montreal communities.
We are working to increase attendance from the various diverse communities in our concert halls. To further that goal, we have formed a Diversity Action Committee to help us open the various to their communities. Here are our members:
HONEY DRESHER who is at the forefront of initiatives in culture, diversity and human rights in Quebec;
RICHARD BURNETT of the LGBTQ+ communities & journalist;
MONIKA ILLE of the Indigenous communities & Executive Director Programming at APTN,;
GÉRALDINE LE CHÊNE of the African community & Artistic Director of Vues d’Afrique;
JANET LUMB of the Asian communities & Musician & Community activist;
MARIE-DENISE DOUYON of the Haitian community & Visual artist
DAMIAN NISENSON of the Hispanic community & Singer, Saxophonist & Composer
OCM’s Marketing & Box Office Manager, Boran Zaza, comments:
As a recent immigrant from Iraq, I am very proud that our organization is taking action to welcome and encourage diversity. We can only keep classical music relevant and continuing to grow by reflecting and including the entire landscape of our amazing city.