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April 2014

Every year, the City of Markham hosts its annual Gala for Giving – a large-scale special event that has for a goal raising the awareness and helping charitable organisations based in York Region. Last year, the event was attended by close to 800 people and raised approximately $250,000, which helped 8 charities to continue developing their community outreach, educational and social programs. This year, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra was invited to this prestigious event again, together with 11 other organisations. To read more about Gala for GIving, click here.

March 2014

Anton Kuerti withdraws from the KSO performance on April 18, 2014 due to health issues. The KSO to proceed with a celebration of Kuerti. The KSO has invited André Laplante to play Beethoven’s “Emperor”. Click here for more details.

November 2013

Kindred Spirits Orchestra's Music Director Maestro Kristian Alexander talks about the orchestra, its repertoire, musicians and upcoming concerts. Recorded life by Rogers TV at Cornell Recital Hall, Markham, Ontario, November 2013. To view the recording, click here.

November 2013

Kindred Spirits Orchestra launched the 2013/14 Season with a wonderful opening night performance and silent auction. The concert featured award winning, Gryphon Trio pianist, James Parker in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, and Brahms' Symphony No. 3, completed the program. The evening also included an Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko, host at National Classical 96.3 FM radio as well as post-concert live jazz. SNAP Markham covered the event with a brief article and plenty of photos. To view them, click here.

August 2013

The Frank Scarpitti Charitable Foundation held its annual Harvest golf tournament fundriser at the prestigious Angus Glenn Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. The Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra towards the purchase of a Steinway concert grand piano. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the International Music Academy and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra's own capital fund have also donated funds towards this project. The piano was purchased and delivered to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra new rehearsal hall at the Cornell Recital hall. Mr. Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, donated the cheque during the Harvest golf tournament gala diner to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra's General Manager, Mr. Jobert Sevilleno and Director at large, Ms. Carol Walsh.

April 2013

The City of Markham has announced an annual gala to benefit local charities, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra being one of them. On April 25, 800 guests gather at the Crystal Fountain banquet hall for the inaugural Gala for Giving. Through various fundraising initiatives, a total of $208,000 were raised and distributed to the charities. Read an article about this event in:

Listen to an interview given on by Mr. William Wong, Kindred Spirits Orchestra's founding member and Associate Principal Violist for the Chinese Canadian Media Radio.

March 2013

Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde featuring tenor Keith Klassen and mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig. A concert preview in the Russian weekly newspaper Nedelnaya Gazeta. To read the full text click here.

December 2012

Canadian composer Kevin Lau was appointed the Kindred Spirits Orchestra 2012.2013 composer-in-residence. Mr. Lau is also the Toronto Symphony Orchestra affiliate composer for 2012-2014. As the KSO composer-in-residence, Kevin Lau will lead workshops on compositional techniques, participate in Markham Contemporary Music Festival as well as in various community outreach and educational projects focussed on promoting Canadian music throughout York region.

November 2012

The KSO's concert season opening night gala was reviewed in The Global Chinese Press. To read the full text, click here.

September 2012

The KSO's upcoming concert season was featured in an article in The Global Chinese Press. To read the full text, click here. To read a translation in English of the article, click here.

The KSO's upcoming concert season was featured in an article in Chinese media channel 51 News. To read the full text, click here.

August 2012

The KSO's upcoming concert season was featured in an article in The Markham Economist and Sun. To read the full text, click here.

The KSO's upcoming concert season was featured in an article in The Thornhill Liberal. To read the full text, click here.

July 2012

The KSO's upcoming concert season was featured in an article in The Markham Economist and Sun. To read the full text, click here.

June 2012

One of the members of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra programme "Broadway Kids Live!", Luka Mihajlovic, was featured in an article in The Markham Economist and Sun. To read the full text, click here.

May 2012

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in a news release in SNAP Markham. To read the full text, click here.

The Heliconian Club (Toronto) wrote a communiqué in regards to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra concert on April 1, 2012. To read the full text, click here.

April 2012

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in 24 hours news. To read the full text, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in the on-line blog Starbuzz. To read the full text, click here.

March 2012

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in a news release in SNAP Markham. To read the full text, click here.

The online magazine York Scene acknowledged the media conference announcing the grant award of $186,000 to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. To read the full text, click here.

February 2012

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in a brief reportage on Rogers TV. To view the piece, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in the Chinese magazine Super Life. To read the full text, click here. To read a translation in English of the article, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in the Chinese newspaper 51 News. To read the full text, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in Corriere Canadese. To read the full text, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in the Chinese TSC TV. To read the full text, click here.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an article in the Chinese media channel Info 51. To read the full text, click here.

January 2012

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra was featured in an editorial article in Markham Life magazine. To read the full text, click here.