2021 | 2022 Season

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In Sinistris Manibus

Concert Season Opening Night
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 

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Reflections

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre

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Passion and Colour

Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre

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Enigma Variations

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 

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Pulcinella

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall 

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Love and Turmoil

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 

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Metamorphoses

Friday, June 24, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 

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Fate and Transformation

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 8 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio

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Special Concerts and Events

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 8 p.m.
SMSV Cultural Centre

Unionville Canada Day Celebration

Concert July 1, 2021
Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Subscription Series

IN SINISTRIS MANIBUS

Concert Season Opening Night

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season featuring music that conveys the deepest of emotions. French composer Paul Dukas calls the audience to attention with his Fanfare introduction to the Persian inspired “poème dansé”, La Péri.  Pianist Dong Xu returns to the limelight to perform a stunning rare work for the left hand alone: Piano Concerto No. 4 by Sergei Prokofiev. 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.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Dong Xu | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Dong Xu and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Dukas, Fanfare pour précéder La Péri

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Prokofiev, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4

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Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements

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REFLECTIONS

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Flato Markham Theatre

Under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a night of exceptional and evocative music. Tchaikovsky’s poignant Cappriccio Italien is a musical travelogue painting the landscape of the composer’s journey to Rome. Internationally acclaimed violinist Conrad Chow commands the stage with Korngold’s romantic film-score inspired Violin Concerto. From seemingly inconsequential playful musical quotes to deeply profound phrases, Shostakovich’s ultimate Symphony No. 15 embodies a range of musical emotion analogous to the composer and his life.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Conrad Chow | violinist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Conrad Chow and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Tchaikovsky, Cappricio Italien

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Korngold, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

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Shostakovich, Symphony No. 15

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PASSION AND COLOUR

Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Dying a mere three days after the opera’s premiere, Bizet’s Carmen is a tragic tale of love, seduction and jealousy; the suite showcases the unforgettable arias from this alluring opera. Internationally renowned Canadian pianist Maxim Bernard sheds light on Ravel’s colourful and brightly jazz-influenced Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major. Hungarian composer Béla Bartók creatively gives all instruments of the orchestra an occasion to shine in his twentieth century tour de force, Concerto for orchestra.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Maxim Bernard | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Maxim Bernard and Michael Berec. 

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1

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Ravel, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major

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Bartók, Concerto for orchestra 

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ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Prokofiev’s first foray in film scoring was written in 1933 for one of the first Soviet sound features. The Suite from Lieutenant Kijé follows the satirical tale of the plot from birth of the nonexistent officer through his wedding, and ending with his lugubrious death. Chopin’s youthful Piano Concerto No. 2 reflects the dreamy and passionate melancholy of his style presented by the 2020 IMFC Grand Prize winner Naomi Wong. The Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma, is Elgar’s cleverly crafted composition of a theme and fourteen variations, each representing the composer’s close friends and loves. 

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Naomi Wong | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Naomi Wong and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kije Suite

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Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2

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Elgar, Variations on an Original Theme

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PULCINELLA

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Cornell Recital Hall | 3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham

Markham’s 2022 Contemporary Music Festival is pleased to present a modern-day homage to the baroque and classical eras. In collaboration with ballet impresario Diaghilev, Stravinsky rediscovers the past in his neo-classical Pulcinella Suite based on the centuries-old commedia dell’arte character. In Kammermusik No.2, Op. 36, No.1, Hindemith revives the keyboard style of J.S. Bach in a colourful state-of-the-art work for piano and twelve instruments featuring JJ Jun Li Bui.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
JJ Jun Li Bui | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with JJ Jun Li Bui and Michael Berec.

This concert can be viewed live in the concert hall or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite

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Hindemith, Kammermusik No. 2, Op. 36, No. 1

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LOVE AND TURMOIL

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Inspired by the sixteenth century fresco by Raphael, Hindemith paints his own endearing musical picture depicting the myth of Amor and Psyché. Internationally renowned award-winning Spanish Bulgarian pianist Ludmil Angelov takes centre stage with Rachmaninoff’s colourful and jazz-flavoured Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4. Written during the years of postwar Stalinist Russia, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 is a tragically ominous reflection of society and the composer’s own inner turmoil.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Ludmil Angelov | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Ludmil Angelov and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Hindemith, Overture to Amor and Psyché

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Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto No. 4, Op. 40

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Prokofiev, Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111

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METAMORPHOSES

Friday, June 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST) 
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful vitality and the romance of the prior century brought to life by acclaimed pianist Sheng Cai. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony no. 5.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Sheng Cai | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Sheng Cai and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Franck, Symphonic Variations

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Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major

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Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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FATE AND TRANSFORMATION

Saturday, June 25, 2021 at 8 p.m. (EST)
CBC Glen Gould Studio | 250 John St. West, Toronto

Maestro Xiao Ming leads the KSO in an evening of exhilarating music at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio. Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his 19th birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with vitality and the romance of the prior century. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony No. 5.

Xiao Ming | conductor
Sheng Cai | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Xiao Ming and Michael Berec.

This concert can be viewed live in the concert hall or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

 

Franck, Symphonic Variations

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Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major

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Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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Special Concerts and Events

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Saturday, April 30, 2022
SMSV Cultural Centre | 3300 Highway 7, Markham

Handel, Messiah
Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Choir and soloists TBA

Michael Berec | host

This concert is part of KSO Flex and can be viewed live in the concert hall, via live-streaming or through a recording up to 4 weeks after the  performance.

Handel, Messiah

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UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

Concert July 1, 2021

Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8 p.m. (EST)
Unionville Millennium Theatre | 1 Main St., Unionville 

Celebrate Canada Day with entertainment by Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Enjoy music from your favourite movies, Broadway and light classics under the direction of Michael Berec.

Michael Berec | conductor

Brahms, Hungarian Dances No. 1 and No. 3
J. Strauss Sr., Radetzky March
J. Strauss II, Blue Danube Waltz
J. Strauss II, Pizzicato polka
C.-M. Schönberg, Les Misérables Medley
A.L. Webber, Phantom of the Opera Medley
C.-M. Schönberg, Miss Saigon Medley
J. Williams, Star Wars Through the Years Medley