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Markham Contemporary Music festival

Founded by Maestro Kristian Alexander in 2011, Markham Contemporary Music Festival is an annual event that takes place in various concert venues in Markham, Ontario. The Festival promotes the performance of music written worldwide in the 20th and the 21st centuries. It also includes lectures and seminars in both English and French, workshops, master-classes, pre-concert chats, intermission discussions, post-concert receptions, documentary films about the life of contemporary composers, and networking events.



The 2015 Markham Contemporary Music Festival includes the following events:

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Official opening ceremony
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Official opening of Markham Contemporary Music Festival by the Mayor of Markham, Mr. Frank Scarpitti. An afternoon filled with activities for families and children – “Make your own musical instrument” workshop, “Write your own song” workshop, food and crafts vendors.

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

HYPNOTIC PASSION

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2

Image for November 14, 2014 Concert
Join the KSO for a stimulating concert of twentieth century music at Markham’s 2015 Contemporary Music Festival. Bartók’s hypnotically spine-chilling, Music for Percussion, Strings and Celesta, excites primal urges with its unique evocative melodies, timbres and soundscapes.


Pianist Michael Berkovsky brings his passion and technique to the aurally beautiful and highly emotive Piano Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.

Kristian Alexander | conductor, Lisa Hartl | trumpet, Michael Berkovsky | piano

Bartók, Music for strings, percussion and celesta View Notes Listen
Shostakovich: Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings No. 1 View Notes Listen

Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased by phone through the Kindred Spirits Orchestra Box Office at 905.604.8339, in person at the Kindred Spirits Orchestra administration office at 1-4981 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 1N1 (Monday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or at the door of Cornell Recital Hall, 1 hour prior to the viewing.

Tickets no longer available.

Concert, organized together with the Consulate of Hungary in Toronto.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 at 9:45 p.m.

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Cocktail Reception with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra members, supporters, and management. 



Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Shostakovich and Stalin. Lecture (in English) and a documentary film about the life of Soviet composers during the communism.



Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

International Musi Academy
4981 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 1N1


Shostakovich et Stalin. Lecture (in French) about the life of Soviet composers during the communism.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

CHRISTINA PETROWSKA-QUILICO
PIANO RECITAL

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Recital of internationally renowned pianist Christina Petrowska-Quillico featuring compositions by Canadian contemporary composers. The concert will be combined with a multi-art collaboration by a Canadian visual artist who will be creating, real time, an art work that will be reflecting the sound-scapes developed on the piano by Christina Petrowska-Quilico. A panning camera connected to a video-screen will enhance the delivery of the programme and contribute to ameliorating the experience of the audience.

A pre-concert chat at 7:15 p.m. and intermission discussion with celebrity host Alexa Petrenko from the Nation's Classical 96.3 FM radio as well as a post-concert reception are included.

Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased by phone through the Kindred Spirits Orchestra Box Office at 905.604.8339, in person at the Kindred Spirits Orchestra administration office at 1-4981 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 1N1 (Monday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or at the door of Cornell Recital Hall, 1 hour prior to the viewing.

Tickets no longer available.
 



Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

International Musi Academy
4981 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 1N1

Lecture (in French) and documentary film about the life and work of the Hungarian composer Bartók. Organized together with the Consulate of Hungary in Toronto.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

International Musi Academy
4981 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 1N1

Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.
Free admission.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in a concert featuring Canadian composers, artists, and pieces. A composition workshop for young Canadian composers is also included.




Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts
171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham ON L3R 6GB


FROM ASHES REBORN

Image for June 25, 2015 Concert

The final concert of the season masterfully blends three centuries of music in one glorious night. Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens Overture, originally commissioned for a theatre opening, is a dramatic work that is sure to stir the soul. Award winning pianist Christina Quilico performs Heather Schmidt's vibrant Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4; a powerful and majestic work which the composer programmatically subtitles "Phoenix Ascending". Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, penned in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution, is an accomplished work that pulses with both tradition and innovation.



Kristian Alexander | conductor, Christina Petrowska-Quilico | pianist

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk
                   Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Christina Petrowska-Quilico
                   Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne

Beethoven, Overture to The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 View Notes Listen
Heather Schmidt, Concert for piano and orchestra No. 4 View Notes Listen
Copland, Fanfare for the common man View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1 View Notes Listen

Tickets no longer available.