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Concerts and Events

2019 | 2020 Season

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Image for October 19, 2019 Concert Beauty, fate, and variations  Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Image for March 20, 2020 Concert The Muse and the poet
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall

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Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Image for June_27, 2020 Concert Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio

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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Image for January 25, 2020 Concert Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Markham Civic Centre (TBC)

Free admission

Image for July 1, 2020 Concert Unionville Canada Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Free admission 


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BEAUTY, FATE AND VARIATIONS
Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Join Maestro Kristian Alexander while he leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the first concert of the season. A masterpiece of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic variety, the tune of BrahmsVariations on a Theme by Haydn is now acknowledged not to be written by the great composer it was once attributed. Once mythicized as unplayable, acclaimed violinist Leslie Ashworth joins the orchestra in a stellar performance of 20th century American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. The theme of fate rings deep in the Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, a work written during personal turmoil and misguided marriage.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Leslie Ashworth | violinist

Jürgen Petrenko | host

7:00 p.m.   Silent auction begins in the foyer of Markham Theatre and closes at 9:30 pm
7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

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

Brahms, Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a View Notes Listen
Barber, Concerto for violin and orchestra View Notes Listen
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

 

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REDEMPTION

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Inspired by poetry, Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending is a velvety portrait of English countryside and melodies of bygone days. Piano prodigy Leonid Nediak takes centre stage with the colourful and jazz-flavoured Piano Concerto No. 4 by Rachmaninoff. Written in tandem to Diaghilev’s Biblical ballet The Prodigal Son, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 evokes the scriptural tones of sin and redemption.


Kristian Alexander
| conductor
Leonid Nediak | pianist
Ellie Sievers | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

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

R.V. Williams, The Lark ascending View Notes Listen
Rachmaninoff, Concerto for piano and orchestre No. 4, Op. 40 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 4, Op. 47/112 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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RACHMANINOFF’S THIRD

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Although not penned for specific persons or those of the past, Bruch’s In Memoriam is a one-movement heartfelt lament for solo violin and orchestra. Hungarian-Canadian pianist Mary Kenedi masterfully interprets Bartók’s Piano Concert No. 3: a piece written during the final few months of the composer’s life as a birthday gift for his wife.  After a seventeen-year compositional drought, Rachmaninoff’s final Symphony No. 3 harkens lush tones of the past Romantic era.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Mary Kenedi | pianist
Nakwon Choi | violonist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

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

Bruch, In Memoriam, Op. 65 View Notes Listen
Bartók, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 View Notes Listen
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 3, Op. 44       View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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THE MUSE AND THE POET

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Described by the composer himself as “a conversation between two instruments instead of a debate between two virtuosos,” Saint-Saëns’ elegiac late masterpiece La Muse et le Poète is an impassioned and imaginative dialogue for solo violin, cello and orchestra. Internationally renowned Canadian pianist Maxim Bernard sheds light on Ravel’s colourful and brightly jazz-influenced Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major. Hungarian composer Béla Bartók creatively gives all instruments of the orchestra an occasion to shine in his twentieth century tour de force, Concerto for orchestra.  

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Maxim Bernard | pianist
Alexander Gangurean | violinist
Hee Yeon Kim | cellist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Maxim Bernard

Saint-Saëns, La muse et le poète, for violin, cello, and orchestra View Notes Listen
Ravel, Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major View Notes Listen
Bartók, Concerto for orchestra View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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TCHAIKOVSKY, PROKOFIEV, SHOSTAKOVICH

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Tchaikovsky’s evocative Cappriccio Italien is a musical travelogue painting the landscape of the composer’s journey to Rome. Pianist Dong Xu returns to the limelight to perform a stunning rare work for the left hand alone: Piano Concerto No. 4 by Sergei Prokofiev. From seemingly inconsequential playful musical quotes to deeply profound phrases, Shostakovich’s ultimate Symphony No. 15 embodies a range of musical emotion analogous to the composer and his life.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Dong Xu | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Dong Xu

Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4, Op. 53 View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 15, Op. 141 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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PULCINELLA

Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
Markham Contemporary Music Festival

Markham’s 2020 Contemporary Music Festival is pleased to present a modern-day homage to the eighteenth century along with a newly commissioned work. In collaboration with ballet impresario Diaghilev, Stravinsky rediscovers the past in his neo-classical Pulcinella Suite based on the centuries-old commedia dell’arte character. The Kindred Spirits Orchestra commissions composer Werner Chan for an exciting original work for violin and chamber orchestra.

Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite View Notes Listen

Werner Chan, Concerto for violin and orchestra*

* World première, commissioned by the KSO

   

$20

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METAMORPHOSES

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful vitality and the romance of the prior century. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony No. 5.

Kristian Alexander | music director
Sheng Cai | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Sheng Cai

Franck, Symphonic Variations  View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 View Notes Listen
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIFTH

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. West., Toronto ON M5V 3G5

Internationally renwoned Maestro James Liu leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an evening of exhilarating music at the Glenn Gould Studio. Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful vitality and the romance of the prior century. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony No. 5.

James Liu | conductor
Sheng Cai | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer
                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Sheng Cai

Franck, Symphonic Variations  View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 View Notes Listen
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15

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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS


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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Markham Civic Centre (TBC)

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

Free admission. 




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UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Celebrate Canada Day with entertainment by Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Enjoy music from your favourite movies, Broadway and classical pops and prepare for a dazzling display of light, colour, and sound.

 

Strauss, Radetzki Marsch
Brahms, Hungarian Dance
Shostakovich, Waltz no. 2 (from Jazz Suite No. 2)

A.L. Weber, The Phantom of the Opera (selections)
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Miss Saigon
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Les Miserables (selections)
J. Mercer, Moon River (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s")
J. Barry, Somewhere in Time
J. de Meij, The Lord of the Rings (excerpts)
J. Williams, Star Wars (excerpts)

Michael Berec | conductor

Free admission. 

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