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Concerts and Events

2018 | 2019 Season

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Image for October 20, 2018 ConcertThe Firebird  Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Image for December 15, 2018 ConcertBruckner's Fourth
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Image for February 19, 2019 ConcertThe Fountains of Rome 
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Image for March 30, 2019 ConcertShostakovich's Sixth
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Image for May 11, 2019 ConcertProkofiev's Second
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Image for June 22, 2019 ConcertVoices of the world
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Image for February 1, 2019 ConcertChinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 1, 2019 (TBC)
Markham Civic Centre

Free admission

Image for June 8, 2019 ConcertSchnittke and Schönberg
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall

$20      BUY TICKETS 

Image for June_29, 2019 ConcertIron and Steel
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio

$40 - $15      BUY TICKETS 

Image for July 1, 2018 ConcertUnionville Canada Day Celebration
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Free admission 


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THE FIREBIRD
Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season. Start the evening off in style with an opening night gala followed by music that conveys the deepest of emotions. Influenced by the ostentatious ballrooms of days gone by and the aftermath of First World War Europe, Ravel’s La Valse is an enchanting choreographic poem for orchestra. Khachaturian weaves the rhythm and melodies of his Armenian heritage into his fervently dazzling Violin Concerto. Scored for ballet based on Russian fairy tale, The Firebird was the first large-scale work that launched the career of the prominent 20th century composer Igor Stravinsky.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Crystal Ye | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:00 p.m.   Silent auction begins in the foyer of Markham Theatre and closes at 9:30 pm
7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Jing Ye
                  Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne
 

Ravel, La Valse View Notes Listen
Khachaturian, Concerto for violin and orchestra View Notes Listen
Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (1945) View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

 

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BRUCKNER'S FOURTH

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Set to Byron’s gothic fiction Manfred, Schumann sketches his most impassioned score of a guilt-ridden protagonist in pursuit of death. Pianist Michael Berkovsky commands invention and endurance on stage with Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic showpiece, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The only one of his symphonies to receive a subtitle, the Symphony No. 4 “Romantic” by the devout Austrian composer Anton Bruckner is an extensive work filled with spirit and sonority.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Michael Berkovsky | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Michael Berkovsky
                   Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne
 

Schumann, Manfred Overture, Op. 115 View Notes Listen
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 View Notes Listen
Bruckner, Symphony No. 4 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a night of unforgettable evocative music. Ottorino Respighi’s imaginative portrait of The Fountains of Rome comes to musical life with his vibrant and stirring orchestrations. Prokofiev masterfully combines the virtuosic solo cello with diverse orchestral textures in his Symphony-Concerto. Rounding out the program is Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances: the last work the composer would ever write, he himself inscribing the word “Hallelujah” on the last page of the manuscript.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Ascenzo | violoncellist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Andrew Ascenzo
                   Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne

Respighi, Fontana di Roma View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Sinfonia Concertante in E-minor, Op. 125 View Notes Listen
Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances, Op. 45        View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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SHOSTAKOVICH'S SIXTH

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Music skillfully narrates both character and mood in a concert surely not to be missed.  The tone poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss colourfully describes the journey of a melancholic hero in his life-long quest for love. A staple in the repertoire, pianist Jun Li Bui performs Rachmaninoff’s fiery and tuneful Piano Concerto No. 1, the very first work in the genre that embraces all the elements of the composer’s mature style. Shostakovich brilliantly orchestrates a sense of impending doom in his Symphony No. 6, a dramatic piece completed in the wake of Russia joining the Second World War.  

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Jun Li Bui | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Jun Li Bui

R. Strauss, Don Juan View Notes Listen
Rachmaninoff, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1, Op. 1 View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 6 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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PROKOFIEV'S SECOND

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Join Maestro Kristian Alexander as he leads the KSO through an imaginative journey of musical pomp and passion. Inspired by the little-known works of the 19th century romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber, 20th century composer Paul Hindemith weaves his own voice into the bombastic crowd-pleaser Symphonic Metamorphosis. Once hailed the “Canadian Mozart,” composer André Mathieu wrote his long-lost Piano Concerto No. 4 at the youthful age of eighteen: a truly remarkable accomplishment for such an incredibly emotive work, mature beyond his years. Ahead of his time, Prokofiev explores dense and forceful orchestral textures, which the composer described as “iron and steel” in his rarely performed Symphony No. 2.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Christina Petrowska-Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska-Quilico

Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis View Notes Listen
André Mathieu, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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VOICES OF THE WORLD

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

In an exclusive concert to cap off the season, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra is united with the voices of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society and the Vancouver Oratorio Society. Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s first foray in the world of symphonic writing was ambitious to say the least. His six-movement Symphony No. 1 is a lush and dramatic work, which begins with an atmospheric prelude and concludes with a glorious epilogue. The finale is one of the few compositions Scriabin wrote that highlights the human voice. Featuring soloists and a chorus, the composer himself penned the poetic prose which praises the significance and power of Art: “O wonderful image of the divine,
harmony’s pure Art!
 To you we gladly bring
 praise of that rapturous feeling.
 You are life’s bright hope,
 you are celebration, you are respite, 
like a gift you bring to the people
 your enchanted visions”. Expressly written for this very concert, celebrated Chinese composer Chan Wing-Wah bestows Kindred Spirits Orchestra the honour of the world première of his Symphony No. 9 for soloists, choir and orchestra, a large-scale, two-movement piece set on poetic texts in Chinese and English languages.

Kristian Alexander | music director
Chan Wing-Wah | conductor
Kemuel Wong | conductor
Stephanie deCiantis | mezzo-soprano
Ryan Downey | tenor

HONG KONG ORATORIO SOCIETY
VANCOUVER ORATORIO SOCIETY

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Chan Wing-Wah

Scriabin, Symphony No. 1, Op. 26    View Notes Listen
Chan Wing-Wah, Symphony No. 9 (world première)    

$65 - $58

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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS


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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday, February 1, 2019 (TBC)
Markham Civic Centre

Enjoy traditional Chinese music and celebrate the year of the Pig.

Free admission. 

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SCHNITTKE AND SCHÖNBERG

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
Markham Contemporary Music Festival

A centerpiece to Markham’s 2019 Contemporary Music Festival, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra presents a multi-media concert of ground-breaking twentieth century music. One of his last musical works during his younger Post-Romantic musical output, twelve-tone composer Schönberg adheres to classical musical form while pushing the boundaries of harmony and tonality in his Kammersymphonie No. 1. Written in 1979, Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings is founded on stark contrasts: “sunshine” and “storm clouds,” in the words of the composer himself. In addition, this concert will also feature an audio-visual presentation about the lives of these two "revolutionary" composers.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Antonia deWolfe | pianist

Michael Berec | host

Schnittke, Concerto for piano and strings View Notes Listen
Schönberg, Kammersymphonie, Op. 9 View Notes Listen
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IRON AND STEEL

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. West., Toronto ON M5V 3G5

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra returns to the CBC Glenn Gould Studio for a special concert featuring renowned European conductor Maestro Jiří Petrdlík and the internationally renowned Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico. Inspired by the little-known works of the 19th century romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber, 20th century composer Paul Hindemith weaves his own voice into the bombastic crowd-pleaser Symphonic Metamorphosis. Once hailed the “Canadian Mozart,” composer André Mathieu wrote his long-lost Piano Concerto No. 4 at the youthful age of eighteen: a truly remarkable accomplishment for such an incredibly emotive work, mature beyond his years. Ahead of his time, Prokofiev explores dense and forceful orchestral textures, which the composer described as “iron and steel” in his rarely performed Symphony No. 2.

Jiří Petrdlík | conductor
Christina Petrowska-Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer
                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska-Quilico

Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis View Notes Listen
André Mathieu, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Bandstand

Celebrate Canada Day with entertainment by Kindred Spirits Orchestra and prepare for a dazzling display of light, colour, and sound as the sky alights with the magnificent flowers of the fireworks.

Schumann, Manfred Overture, Op. 115 View Notes Listen
J. Strauss, Radetzki March View Notes Listen
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1 View Notes Listen
Saint-Saëns, Dance macabre View Notes Listen

Michael Berec | conductor
Alexander Gangurean | violinist

Free admission. 

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