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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 2018 Markham Contemporary Music Festival includes the following events:


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Official opening ceremony

An evening filled with activities for families and children – “Make your own musical instrument” workshop and “Write your own song” workshop animated by musicians of the KSO.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

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


Composition workshop (part 1 - artistic expression through contemporary writing techniques) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

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


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Lecture and film

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Stravinsky et le rêve Américain. Lecture (in French) and a documentary film (in English) about the artistic achievements of Russian émigrés in the USA during the early 20th century.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal of L'Histoire du soldat by Stravinsky.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


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

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


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

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

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


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal of L'Histoire du soldat by Stravinsky.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Concert
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L'HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT The Soldier's Tale

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

Markham’s 2018 Contemporary Music Festival is pleased to present a provocative concert of mesmerizing modern music, dance and drama. A bargain with the devil leads a soldier to a life of hardship and heartache in Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale).

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Nicolas van Burek | as the Devil
Philippe van de Maele | as the Soldier
Sophie Goulet | as the Narrator

Michael Berec | host

Stravinsky, L'Histoire du soldat View Notes Listen
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Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

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


Composition workshop (part 2 - exploring new ideas in collective writing of contemporary music) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

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


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

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

Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Lecture and Film

International Music Academy
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Shostakovich and Stalin. Lecture (in English) and a documentary film about the artistic struggle and human tragedy of Soviet composers during the communism.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

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


Composition workshop (part 3 - writing music for film and television) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

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


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Lecture and film

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Lecture and documentary film about the live and work of the Russian composer Serge Prokofiev.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Concert

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LOVE AND FAITH

Maestro Kristian Alexander unites the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in their concluding concert of 2017-2018. Ravel’s most celebrated work, Boléro, is a cleverly crafted rising orchestral crescendo through the use of brilliant ever-changing instrumental colours and texture. Intriguingly annotated “Herein is enshrined the soul of…..” makes Elgar’s Violin Concerto, a truly touching piece where “love and faith meet.” Taken from motives from his sinfully immoral opera, The Fiery Angel, Symphony No. 3 by Prokofiev unquestionably rouses our darkest emotions.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Sords | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Andrew Sords
                   Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne

Ravel, Boléro View Notes Listen
Elgar, Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 61 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 3, Op. 44 View Notes Listen

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.

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


Official closing of Markham Contemporary Music Festival. Meet-and-greet the conductor, the musicians, volunteers, management and staff while listening to live jazz during the post-concert Champagne reception.

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The 2011, 2014 and 2017 festivals have been generously funded by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 festivals have been supported by the Tourism Industry Partners, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.
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The 2018 festival has been supported by the Government of Ontario.