From the Inkless emailbox, this apparent denial of a three-day-old story that didn’t need denying until now. What follows is the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s complete news release, verbatim. Got a truck? See if you can drive it through the hole in this denial: — pw
FORMAL AND CATEGORICAL DENIAL FROM THE OSM ABOUT THE DEPARTURE OF KENT NAGANO IN 2016
Montreal, April 5, 2013 – Following recent articles in the press on the departure of Maestro Kent Nagano at the end of the 2015-2016 season, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s management team wishes to formally deny any rumours in regards to the end of the contract or the replacement of him as music director of the OSM.
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal reiterates that:
• The contract of its music director, Maestro Kent Nagano, has been extended through to the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season (the option of the two additional years stipulated in the current three-year contract, which has been in effect since September 2011, being exercised), and;
• After 2016, the contract of Kent Nagano may be renewed further to a mutual agreement between the two parties.
From the moment of his appointment to the title of music director in September 2006, Kent Nagano has distinguished himself by the presentation of innovative concerts that are a source of common bond, and through his initiatives with respect to the community, which have kindled pride and enthusiasm in Montrealers – all the while contributing to the prestige of the Orchestra here and elsewhere.