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Symphonie Fantastique

Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction
Concert October 24 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015 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. César Frank’s dark and haunting Le Chasseur Maudit paints the portrait of an accursed huntsman condemned to be pursued by demons for an eternity. Child sensation Anson Hui rises to the challenge of performing Beethoven’s vigorous Concerto for Piano No. 1. Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, a truly programmatic work, dramatically tells the story of love, passion, despair, hallucination and death.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Anson Hui | pianist

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

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) – Rodney Gray (KSO Principal Flutist)
7:30 p.m. 
Pre-concert talk – Donald G. Bastian (editor and publisher, KSO French Horn musician)
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Anson Hui
Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne 


Franck, Le Chasseur Maudit
Beethoven, Piano concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

Winter Dreams

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 P.M.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Stay warm this December as the KSO presents a concert of passionate music filled with Russian folklore, romantic virtuosity and winter dreams. The program starts off with the Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila, Glinka’s opera based on Pushkin’s majestic poem of destined lovers.  The Kindred Spirits Orchestra’s own concertmaster Crystal Ye takes center stage with performing Bruch’s heroic Violin Concerto no. 1.  “Winter Dreams” is what Tchaikovsky subtitled his first symphony; a suitable title for a work by its struggling and fervid composer.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Crystal Ye | violinist

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m. 
Prélude (pre-concert recital) – Carmen Gassi (KSO Principal Clarinettist) and Colin Sandquist (KSO Associate Principal Clarinettist)
7:30 p.m. 
Pre-concert talk – Rodney Gray (KSO Principal Flutist)
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and Crystal Ye
Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne 


Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 1 in G minor “Winter Dreams”

Pictures at an Exhibition

Concert February 6 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

A picture may be worth a thousand words but music will render you speechless.  Dukas’ well-known Sorcerer’s Apprentice magically colours the concert hall with atmospheric grandeur and spectacle.  Lyrical grace and virtuosity empower the Piano Concerto No. 2 by the brooding and adventurous Beethoven.  Wallow in the glory of Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel’s splendid orchestration of Mussorgsky’s musical portraits, inspired by the paintings of a lost friend.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Antonia de Wolfe | pianist

Jurgen Petrenko | host

7:15 p.m. 
Prélude (pre-concert recital) with Edward Cui and Eric Sun (KSO violinists)
7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk with Sara Lukjanovs (KSO Associate Contrabassist)
Intermission discussion with Jurgen Petrenko and Antonia de Wolfe
Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne


Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
Mussorgsky-Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition

From Darkness to Light

Concert March 25 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Ritual and mysticism fill the air with the haunting sounds of Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky’s tone-poem inspired by eerie Russian folklore.  Flutist Rodney Gray masterfully interprets Nielsen’s exciting and enigmatic Concerto for Flute.  Centered around a child’s vision of Heaven, Mahler’s iconic Symphony no. 4 is sure to inspire and empower.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Rodney Gray | flutist
Alastair Thorburn-Vitols | descant

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Prélude (pre-concert recital) with Alexa Ball (KSO Associate Principal Flutist) 7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk with Carmen Gassi (KSO Principal Clarinettist) in the foyer
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and 
Rodney Gray
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne 

Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Nielsen, Concerto for flute and orchestra
Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G major

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Revel in riveting orchestral repertoire as the KSO presents some of music’s most memorable melodies. Brahms’ distinguished Academic Festival Overture has encouraged students and listeners alike for over a century with its rousing, pompous vigour. Rising star Leonid Nediak joins the orchestra in illuminating Rachmaninoff’s lush and animated Piano Concerto No. 2. Brilliantly weaved folksongs fill the concert hall as Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian” by Tchaikovsky rouses mighty sentiments.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Leonid Nediak | pianist

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Prélude (pre-concert recital) with Carmen Gassi and Colin Sandquist, KSO Principal and Associate Principal Clarinetists
7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk with Michael Berec (KSO Associate Conductor) in the foyer
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and 
Leonid Nediak
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne 

Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17

Majesty, Brilliance and Victory

Concert June 30 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Maestro Kristian Alexander allies the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in their concluding subscription concert of the 2015 | 2016 season. This summer the Greek sun-god evokes light and generous integrity through Danish composer Nielsen’s Helios Overture. Antonin Dvořák’s popular Violin Concerto will undoubtedly evoke instant conviction through wistful and heroic themes. “A joyful little piece” is what Shostakovich labeled his Symphony No. 9; sure to be a joyous end to spectacular season.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Sords | violinist

Alexa Petrenko | host (Classical 96.3 FM radio)

7:15 p.m.
Prélude (pre-concert recital) with Rodney Gray (KSO Principal Flutist), Ellie Sievers KSO Violinist), Valentina Tchaikovsky (KSO Principal Violist) and Hee Yeon Kim (KSO Principal Cellist)
7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk with Giancarlo Mencone (KSO Assistant Conductor) in the foyer
Intermission discussion with Alexa Petrenko and 
Andrew Sords
Post-concert complimentary glass of Champagne


Nielsen, Helios Overture, Op. 17
Dvořák, Violin concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70

Special Concerts and Events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Concert February 2016

February, 2016 (TBC)
Markham Civic Centre

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

Unionville Canada Celebration

Friday, July 1, 2016 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.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Sords | violinist
Rodney Gray | flutist

Michael Berec | host

Nielsen, Helios Overture, Op. 17
Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Dvořák, Violin concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Nielsen, Concerto for flute and orchestra
Strauss, Radetzki March
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1
Tchaikovsky, The year 1812, solemn overture, Op. 49

KSO at the CBC

Concert July 2 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016 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 Miran Vaupotich and brilliant American violinist Andrew Sords. This summer the Greek sun-god evokes light and generous integrity through Danish composer Nielsen’s Helios Overture. Antonin Dvořák’s popular Violin Concerto will undoubtedly evoke instant conviction through wistful and heroic themes. “A joyful little piece” is what Shostakovich labeled his Symphony No. 9; sure to be a joyous end to spectacular season.

Miran Vaupotich | conductor
Andrew Sords | violinist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.
Prélude (pre-concert recital) with Rodney Gray (KSO Principal Flutist), Ellie Sievers KSO Violinist), Valentina Tchaikovsky (KSO Principal Violist) and Hee Yeon Kim (KSO Principal Cellist)
7:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk with Giancarlo Mencone (KSO Assistant Conductor) in the foyer
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and 
Andrew Sords

Nielsen, Helios Overture, Op. 17
Dvořák, Violin concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70
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