About the KSO
The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has been performing to a great acclaim, sold-out audiences, and standing ovations at the Flato Markham Theatre and at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Led by the charismatic Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra is enjoying growing popularity among York Region’s residents and continues to attract avid audiences across the Greater Toronto Area.
The Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a wide range of compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and many others. Ardent supporter of contemporary music, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra created, also in 2011, Markham Contemporary Music Festival, an annual event that has brought to life great pieces of the 20th century by Lutoslavsky, Stravisnky, Philip Glass, Honegger as well as by illustrious Canadian composers such as Garry Kulesha, Brian Current, Larysa Kuzmenko, Daniel Friedman, Kevin Lau, Constantine Caravassilis and James Campbell. During the past few years alone, the orchestra has regularly worked with internationally renowned soloists such as pianists André Laplante, Christina Quilico and James Parker, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, violinists Jacques Israelievitch, Joelle Kee and Marc Djokic, cellist Rachel Mercer, soprano Rebecca Whelan, and tenor Keith Klassen, among many others.
In 2014, the KSO gave the Canadian première of John Williams’ fame piece “On Willows and Birches” as well as the world première of James Campbell’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. In 2017, the KSO gave the world première of the Concerto for harp and orchestra by Chan Wing Wah; and in 2019 – the North American and Canadian première of his Symphony No. 9. In 2020, the KSO gave the world première of a Concerto for violin and orchestra by Werner Chan. In addition, the KSO has produced large-scale performances with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Vancouver Oratorio Society and the Toronto Classical Singers.
In 2013 and 2015, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra was presented Awards from the Government of Canada for the “extraordinary work of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra promoting Canadian music and Canadian composers in the community as well as for the orchestra’s community outreach and educational programs”. Between 2016 and 2019, the Government of Ontario awarded 21 members of the KSO for their contribution to the development of arts and culture in the community. In 2017, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra gave a sold-out performance at the 3,200-seat Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto during the first international concert-tribute to the Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. In the 2018, the KSO was the featured orchestra in a sold-out concert in Toronto celebrating the centennial of the foundation of Romania.
The Kindred Spirits Orchestra (KSO) is committed to changing lives through music’s extraordinary power to communicate, inspire, uplift, educate, and entertain. Through outstanding live performances that are evocative, dramatic, and passionate the KSO seeks to delight patrons and develop, in collaboration, new audiences of all ages for classical music. Based in Markham, the KSO is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the residents of Southern Ontario, through the presentation of exceptional musical performances and the development of a strong, financially viable organization.
Corporate and Private Functions and Events
We offer a vast choice of repertoire (classical, operatic, Broadway and light classics) for a variety of corporate and private functions and events. Our string quartet and wind quintet has performed at Annual General Meetings, Employees and Volunteers recognition events, Christmas dinners, New Year’s Levees and celebrations, weddings, bar and bat mitzvah, corporate product launches, and more. Add a touch of class to your event and consider including a live music performance to your event. We will work with you on every detail and make a lasting impression on your event.
Cornell Recital Hall, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham, Ontario L6B 0T2
Kindred Spirits Orchestra rehearsals are held on every Tuesday from 7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Cornell Recital Hall, a 5,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art facility, entirely covered with maple wood, built-in projection screen, surround sound audio system, WiFi, digital recording studio, music library, plus a leading edge dynamic acoustic system which allows adjustment of sound reflecting disks and panels depending on the type of music played or the size of the orchestra/ensemble (The acoustic is just phenomenal!). The hall also can be used as a small recital hall being outfitted with 200 retractable seats. In addition, the rehearsal hall has 2 smaller size studios adjacent to it which will be used for sectional rehearsals. It also has catering facilities, coat check and large storage facilities. We also have our own music stands, comfortable professional musicians chairs, complete system of risers, and a Steinway grand piano. Light snacks and refreshments are provided during the break.
Kindred Spirits Orchestra is an equal opportunity organization that complies with all federal and provincial laws in regards to discrimination against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.