Korngold’s romantic film-score inspired Violin Concerto. Written during the turmoil of the Second World War, Symphony in Three Movements by Stravinsky paints the composer’s cinematic impression of conflict and battle.
FOLK, MYSTICISM AND SPIRIT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020 AT 8:00 P.M.
Scriabin’s introspective Concerto for piano in the “bright blue” key of F-sharp. Composed within a single month in 1944, Prokofiev’s melodically rich Symphony No. 5 is a musical exaltation of the human spirit.
DARK AND LIGHT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1: a perfect virtuosic balance of romantic passion, tradition and form. Rounding out the program is Wagner’s classical, youthful and solely completed symphony: Symphony in C major.
PASSION AND DRAMA
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Prokofiev reconstructed by memory his Piano Concert No. 2, adding ten years of musical maturity and sophisticated compositional skill in this brilliant and evocative work. Set to Lord Byron’s touchstone of Romantic literature, Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky is an impassioned score recounting the tale of a guilt-ridden protagonist in pursuit of death.
MELODIES OF EMOTION
SATURDAY MAY 1, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Rimsky-Korsakov brings Spanish flare and expert instrumentation to his dazzling masterpiece of orchestration, Cappricio Espagnol. The eloquent and richly ornamented Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor by Chopin. Composed at the turn of the century, Russian composer Scriabin’s Symphony No. 2 is a lush and brooding work surely to evoke the profoundest sentiment.
PÄRT, GÓRECKI AND SHOSTAKOVICH
SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Arvo Pärt’s Canticum in Memoriam Benjamin Britten is a mournful and meditative elegy. Commissioned by the Polish Radio for the Composers Forum in 1980, Concerto for harpsichord and string orchestra by Henryk Górecki is a relentless raging tempest in musical form. Dmitri Shostakovich’s most extraordinarily scored symphony is his Fourteenth. Written for two voices, string orchestra and percussion, this work is a profound ode to the power of suffering and death.
BRUCKNER'S FIRST SYMPHONY
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Schumann’s eloquently playful Overture, Scherzo and Finale is a light and gracefully succinct sinfonietta. Chinese contemporary composer Tan Dun’s New York Philharmonic commissioned score: Piano Concerto “The Fire.” Started in his early forties, Anton Bruckner periodically revised his Symphony No. 1 throughout is entire life, producing a sonorous and commanding work, akin to the composer’s mature style.
GRACE, FIRE AND BEAUTY
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Schumann’s eloquently playful Overture, Scherzo and Finale is a light and gracefully succinct sinfonietta. Tan Dun’s New York Philharmonic commissioned score: Piano Concerto “The Fire.” Started in his early forties, Anton Bruckner periodically revised his Symphony No. 1 throughout is entire life, producing a sonorous and commanding work, akin to the composer’s mature style.
UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION
THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2021 AT 8:00 P.M.
Celebrate the birth of our glorious nation with an unforgettable concert under the stars. The Kindred Spirits Orchestra presents musical favourites from the classics to Broadway and beyond.