2020 | 21 Season

Subscription Series

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Concert October 17, 2020

Opening Night Gala

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre

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Folk, Mysticism and Spirit

Concert December 12, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre

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Dark and Light

Concert February 6, 2021
Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Passion and Drama

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Melodies of Emotion

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Pärt, Górecki and Shostakovich

Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Cornell Recital Hall

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Bruckner’s First Symphony

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

CBC Glenn Gould Studio

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Grace, Fire and Beauty

Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Special Concerts and Events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Concert February 13, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Markham Civic Centre (TBC)

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Subscription Series

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Concert Season Opening Night

Concert October 17, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 5N9

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season featuring music that conveys the deepest of emotions. Canadian composer Erik Kreem combines his Estonian roots with rural Ontario landscape in his rhythmically whirling Waltz. Multi-talented violinist Sarah Davidson-Gurney ignites the concert hall with passion and innovation, performing the world premiere of Werner Chan’s Violin Concerto. Arguably the most famous symphony ever written, Beethoven’s expressive and turbulent Symphony No. 5 will have fate knocking at your door from the very first four notes.  

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Sarah Davidson-Gurney | violinist

Werner Chan | composer
Erik Kreem | composer
Elli Kozak | host

7:10 p.m.  Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.  Pre-concert talk
                  On-stage discussion and Q&A with Erik Kreem, Sarah Davidson-Gurney and Werner Chan

This event has been supported by Heritage Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Markham and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Erik Kreem, Waltz

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Werner Chan, Concerto for violin and orchestra

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World première.

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

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Folk, Mysticism and Spirit

Concert December 12, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 5N9

Markham Contemporary Music Festival

Under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a night of unforgettable evocative music. Influenced by mysticism and transcendence, acclaimed pianist Gregory Vandikas masterfully tackles Scriabin’s introspective Concerto for piano in the “bright blue” key of F-sharp. Rounding out the program is Wagner’s classical, youthful and solely completed symphony: Symphony in C major.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Gregory Vandikas | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.  Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.  Pre-concert talk
                  Onstage discussion with Q&A with Michael Berec and Gregory Vandikas

This event has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Markham the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Scriabin, Concerto for piano and orchestra in F-sharp minor

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Wagner, Symphony in C major

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Dark and Light

Concert February 6, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Music imaginatively narrates both setting and mood in a concert surely not to be missed. Perhaps the finest cello concerto of the twentieth century, cellist Andrew Ascenzo returns to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1: a perfect virtuosic balance of romantic passion, tradition and form. Composed within a single month in 1944, Prokofiev’s melodically rich Symphony No. 5 is a musical exaltation of the human spirit. 

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Andrew Ascenzo | cellist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.  Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.  Pre-concert talk
                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Andrew Ascenzo
                  Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne

Shostakovich, Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1, Op. 107

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Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100  

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Passion and Drama

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Fervorous melodies of the Roma people captivate through violin pyrotechnics in Pablo de Saratsate’s Zigeunerweisen. Lost during the plight of the Russian Revolution, 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.  

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Michael Berkovsky | pianist
Clare Pellerin | violinist

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 Michael Berkovsky

Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

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Prokofiev, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2, op. 16

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Tchaikovsky, Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

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Melodies of Emotion

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the KSO through an imaginative journey of musical colour, technique and passion. Rimsky-Korsakov brings Spanish flare and expert instrumentation to his dazzling masterpiece of orchestration, Cappricio Espagnol. A champion of the works of Chopin, international award winning Spanish Bulgarian pianist, Ludmil Angelov joins the orchestra for a stellar performance of 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.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Ludmil Angelov | 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 Ludmil Angelov

Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

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Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1, Op. 11

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Scriabin, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29

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Pärt, Górecki and Shostakovich

Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
Markham Contemporary Music Festival

A highlight to Markham’s 2021 Contemporary Music Festival, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra presents three uniquely orchestrated compositions from three unique European masters of twentieth century music. Deeply touched by his fellow composer’s death, and scored for tubular bell and string orchestra, 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.

 

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Antonia de Wolfe | pianist
Stephanie DeCiantis | soprano
John Holland | bass-baritone

Michael Berec | host

Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

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Górecki, Concerto for harpsichord, Op. 40

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Shostakovich, Symphony No. 14Op. 135

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Bruckner's First Symphony

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. West., Toronto ON M5V 3G5

Kindred Spirits Orchestra returns to CBC Glenn Gould Studio for an evening of musical grace and beauty. Composed early on in his orchestral writing career, Schumann’s eloquently playful Overture, Scherzo and Finale is a light and gracefully succinct sinfonietta. Pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico brings discipline and skill to 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.

Bartosz Żurakowski | conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of CBC Glen Gould Studio
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska Quilico

Schumann, Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, op. 52

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Tan Dun, Concerto for piano and orchestra “The Fire”

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Bruckner, Symphony No. 1 in C minor

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Grace, Fire and Beauty

Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Composed early on in his orchestral writing career, Schumann’s eloquently playful Overture, Scherzo and Finale is a light and gracefully succinct sinfonietta. Pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico brings discipline and skill to 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.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico | 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 Christina Petrowska Quilico

Schumann, Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, op. 52

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Tan Dun, Concerto for piano and orchestra “The Fire”

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Bruckner, Symphony No. 1 in C minor

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Special Concerts and Events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Concert February 13, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Markham Civic Centre (TBC)

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

Free admission. 

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1, 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021 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.

Michael Berec | conductor

Free admission. 

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