In 2011, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, founded in 1934, held its first concert in its new home, La Maison Symphonique de Montréal. The soaring building of glass and beech was designed by architect Jack Diamond and is now an anchor of the Place des Arts, the cultural heart of the city. Since Kent Nagano became the musical director in 2006, following his success in Germany
, the symphony has become one of the most closely followed classical institutions in North America. While most of the symphony’s 100 or so concerts each year are held at the Maison, visitors to Montréal can also see them at the Notre-Dame Basilica and at outdoor concerts in the city’s parks in warmer months.