2020 | 21 Season

Subscription Series

Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Concert October 17, 2020

Opening Night Gala

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

St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre

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Mysticism and Spirit

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

streamed live from the SMSV Cultural Centre

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Dark and Light

Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8 p.m.

streamed live from the SMSV Cultural Centre

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Passion and Drama

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

streamed live from the Richmond Hill Centre

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Melodies of Emotion

Postponed

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

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Pärt, Górecki and Shostakovich

Postponed
 
 

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Prokofiev's Fifth

Postponed
 
 

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Grace, Fire and Beauty

Postponed

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 (Canceled)
Markham Civic Centre

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1, 2021
Postponed

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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Mysticism and Spirit

Concert December 12, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8 p.m. (EST)
streamed live from the SMSV Cultural Centre in Markham (Ontario)

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

This event has been supported by 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.

Scriabin, Concerto for piano and orchestra

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Wagner, Symphony in C major

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Dark and Light

Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
streamed live from the SMSV Cultural Centre in Markham (Ontario)

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 Amahl Arulanandam makes his début with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1: a perfect virtuosic balance of romantic passion, tradition and form. 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
Amahl Arulanandam | cellist
Michael Berec | host

On-stage discussion with Michael Berec and Amahl Arulanandam 

Shostakovich, Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1

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

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Passion and Drama

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

Fervorous melodies of the Roma people captivate through violin pyrotechnics in Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. Lost during the plight of the Russian Revolution, Prokofiev reconstructed by memory his Piano Concerto No. 2, adding ten years of musical maturity and sophisticated compositional skill in this brilliant and evocative work. In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn made his first trip to London for the première of his own Symphony No. 1, which he played five years earlier at his sister’s birthday party.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
J J Jun Li Bui | pianist
Clare Pellerin | violinist

Michael Berec | host

On-stage discussion with Michael Berec, Clare Pellerin and JJ Jun Li Bui.

Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

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Prokofiev, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2

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Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 11

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Melodies of Emotion

Concert postponed.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the KSO through an imaginative journey of musical colour, technique and passion. Coral Solomon makes her début with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra for a stellar performance of the eloquent and richly ornamented Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor by ChopinIn 1829, Felix Mendelssohn made his first trip to London for the première of his own Symphony No. 1, which he played five years earlier at his sister’s birthday party.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Coral Solomon | pianist
Michael Berec | host

On-stage discussion with Michael Berec and Coral Solomon.

Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1

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Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

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Pärt, Górecki and Shostakovich

Concert postponed.

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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Prokofiev's Fifth

Concert postponed.

Composed within a single month in 1944, Prokofiev’s melodically rich Symphony No. 5 is a musical exaltation of the human spirit.  Pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico brings discipline and skill to Chinese contemporary composer Tan Dun’s New York Philharmonic commissioned score: Piano Concerto “The Fire.. 

Bartosz Żurakowski | conductor
Christina Petrowska Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

On stage discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska Quilico

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

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

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Grace, Fire and Beauty

Concert postponed.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico brings discipline and skill to Chinese contemporary composer Tan Dun’s New York Philharmonic commissioned score: Piano Concerto “The Fire”. 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
Christina Petrowska Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

On stage discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska Quilico

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

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

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Special Concerts and Events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Concert February 13, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Markham Civic Centre

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

Canceled.

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1, 2021

Concert postponed.

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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