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Brahm's Mighty Fourth

Opening Night Fundraising Gala
Concert October 27 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Maestro Kristian Alexander opens the concert season with a sparkling evening gala featuring the Prelude to Wagner’s splendid opera “The Master Singers from Nuremberg”. Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Violin concerto was named “the heart’s jewel” and the most well-known violin concertos of all times. Brahms’ last symphony, the Fourth, dramatic and passionate, completes this journey through one of the most remarkable masterworks of the German Romanticism.

Savour a sumptuous dinner at 6:00 p.m. featuring key-note speaker Mr. Frank ScarpittiMayor of Markham. Enjoy live jazz music, raffles, Markham Theatre backstage tour, and a silent auction. Tickets: $150 per person (includes a prime seat admission to the concert at 8:00 p.m. as well as a membership in KSO Friend club. A tax receipt for $70 charitable donation will be issued.) Table for 10 can be purchased for $1,350. Space is limited to 100 people. To book your tickets, please call the KSO administration office at 905.604.8339.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Joelle Kee | violin

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Joelle Kee Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne 


Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I
Mendelssohn, Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 64
Brahms, Symphony No. 4

Handel's Glorious Messiah

Concert December 14 2013

Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Handel’s Messiah – performed with matchless spirit by the KSO! A heartening performance of the immortal oratorio, masterfully orchestrated by Mozart, with a stellar cast under the baton of Maestro Kristian Alexander. Classical 96.3 FM radio celebrity Alexa Petrenko leads the audience through this most extraordinary story of passion and glory.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Rebecca Whelan | soprano
Claudia Lemcke | mezzo-soprano
Stephan Harland | tenor
Andrew Tees | bass-baritone

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

Village Voices
Joan Andrews | director

6:45 p.m.  
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre            Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Joan    Andrews Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne 

Handel, Messiah

Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn

Concert February 16 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Internationally acclaimed French Canadian pianist Maxim Bernard makes his highly anticipated début at Markham Theatre with Schumann’s beloved piano concerto. The overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, heroic and triumphant, counterparts Mendelssohn’s joyous and majestic “Scottish” symphony, dedicated to Queen Victoria.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Maxim Bernard | piano

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Maxim Bernard
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne


Beethoven, Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72c
Schumann, Concerto for piano and orchestra, Op. 54
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, Op. 56 “Scottish”

Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde

The Song of the Earth

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

The quest for the Holy Grail triumphs with unparallel glory in Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, which took almost 20 years to complete, in 1877. The same year Tchaikovsky premiered in Russia his graceful and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra. Gustav Mahler, in his “vocal symphony” Das Lied von der Erde, transforms the text of six Chinese love poems by Li Bai into a beautiful story of death and resurrection, The Song of the Earth.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Rachel Mercer | cello
Andrea Ludwig | mezzo-soprano
Keith Klassen | tenor

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Rachel Mercer
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne


Wagner, Parsifal: Prelude to Act I
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

Sibelius' Violin Concerto

Markham Contemporary Müsic Festival

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Maestro Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations, a rare survivor among his music written before the World War II, which would subject Poland to six years of direct Nazi German rule and forty-five years of domination by Soviet Russia. Internationally renowned French Canadian violinist Marc Djokic makes his début with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in the emotionally intense Violin Concerto by the Finish composer Jan Sibelius. Stravinsky’s First Symphony, youthful and energetic, channels the full spirit of the Russian romantic era while paying homage to Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Glazunov.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Mark Djokic | violin

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

1:15 p.m.  
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Marc Djokic

Lutosławski, Symphonic Variations
Sibelius, Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 47
Stravinsky, Symphony No. 1, Op. 1 Kevin Lau, Artemis

Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.
Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

The elegant and somewhat haunting Pavane by the French composer Gabriel Fauré sets the tone for Brahms’ epic First piano concerto performed to a great acclaim by Younggun Kim. Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” symphony offers a rediscovery of the musical past, marked by the composer’s noteworthy spiritual odyssey through some of the most significant events in European history.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Younggun Kim | piano
Village Voices
Joan Andrews | artistic director

Alexa Petrenko | host (National Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Markham Theatre
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Younggun Kim
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne


Fauré, Pavane, op. 50
Brahms, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1, Op. 15
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 “Reformation”

Family, Community Outreach and Educational Concerts

Unionville Arts Festival

Concert Unionville Millennium Bandstand

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 8:00 P.M.
Unionville Millennium Bandstand

Enjoy light classical music by J. Strauss, Lehar, Bizet, and others.

Free admission. 

Milliken Children's Festival

Concert Milliken Children's Festival

Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:30 P.M.
Markham Civic Centre

Enjoy light classical music by J. Strauss, Lehar, Bizet, and others.

Free admission. 

Chinese New Year Celebration

Concert Chinese New Year 2013

February, 2013
Vaughan Civic Centre

Enjoy traditonal Chinese music and celebrate the year of the Snake.

Free admission. 

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1

Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.
Unionville Millennium Bandstand

The elegant and somewhat haunting Pavane by the French composer Gabriel Fauré sets the tone for Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” symphony which offers a rediscovery of the musical past, marked by the composer’s noteworthy spiritual odyssey through some of the most significant events in European history. Tchaikovsky’s Solemn Overture 1812 written to commemorate Russia’s defense of their motherland against Napoleon Bonaparte’s invading Grand Armée will dazzle the audience with its authentic church bells, canon fire and fireworks. The celebration culminates in a spectacular performance of a medley from the mega-musical Les Misérables for 11 soloists and a grand orchestra.

Fauré, Pavane, Op. 50
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 “Reformation”
Tchaikovsky, The year 1812, festival overture, Op. 49
Cl.-M. Schönberg, Les Misérables (medley for 11 soloists and orchestra)

Kristian Alexander | conductor
and a cast of 11 singing actors

Free admission. 

Ask Festival

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:00 P.M.
Country Day School Centre for the Performing Arts

The elegant and somewhat haunting Pavane by the French composer Gabriel Fauré sets the tone for Brahms’ epic First piano concerto performed to a great acclaim by Younggun Kim. Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” symphony offers a rediscovery of the musical past, marked by the composer’s noteworthy spiritual odyssey through some of the most significant events in European history.

Michael Berec | conductor
Matthew Poon | conductor
Younggun Kim | piano

Intermission chat with Younggun Kim in the foyer.

Fauré, Pavane, op. 50
Brahms, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1, Op. 15
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5, Op. 107 “Reformation”
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