Orchestre symphonique de Québec
On October 3, 2002, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre symphonique de Québec, OSQ) celebrated its 100th anniversary. Since its foundation, the OSQ has been associated with countless Quebec City events—events of great significance such as the inauguration of the Théâtre Capitole in 1903, of the Palais Montcalm in 1932, and of the Grand Théâtre de Québec in 1971. A cultural symbol par excellence, the OSQ performs a wide symphonic repertoire and is one of the select few to lead and inspire the musical industry in the Quebec City region. A succession of renowned conductors has directed the OSQ during its 100-year history. Among them are Joseph Vézina (1903-1924), Jean-Robert Talbot (1924-1935), Edwin Bélanger (1935-1951), Wilfrid Pelletier (1951-1966), Françoys Bernier (1966-1968), Pierre Dervaux (1968-1975), James DePreist (1976-1983), Simon Streatfeild (1983-1991), Pascal Verrot (1991-1998), and Yoav Talmi from July 1998 to this day. The OSQ also has an impressive set of 14 recordings since 1977, including on the Analekta record label: French Showpieces with the young Canadian violinist James Ehnes and Dancing for 100 Years, celebrating the orchestra’s centennial.