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Concerts and Events

2020 | 2021 Season

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Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio

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

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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Image for February 13, 2021 Concert Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Markham Civic Centre (TBC)

Free admission

Image for July 1, 2021 Concert Unionville Canada Day Celebration
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Unionville Millennium Theatre

Free admission 


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DANCE, FILM AND WARFARE
Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season. Start the evening off in style with an opening night gala followed by music that conveys the deepest of emotions. Dukas calls the audience to attention with his Fanfare introduction to the Persian inspired “poème dansé”, La Péri.  Internationally renowned violinist Conrad Chow commands the stage with Korngold’s romantic film-score inspired Violin Concerto. 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
Conrad Chow | violinist

Erik Kreem | composer
Michael Berec
| host

7:00 p.m.   Silent auction begins in the foyer of Markham Theatre and closes at 9:30 pm
7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Conrad Chow
                  Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne
 

Dukas, Fanfare pour précéder La Péri View Notes Listen
Erik Kreem, Waltz View Notes Listen
Korngold, Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 35 View Notes Listen
Stravinsky, Symphony in three movements View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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FOLK, MYSTICISM AND SPIRIT

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a night of unforgettable evocative music. Rachmaninoff weaves the rhythm and melodies of folk-inspired tunes in his vibrant and scintillating Caprice bohémien. 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. 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
Gregory Vandikas | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m.   Pre-concert talk

                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Gregory Vandikas
                   Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne
 

Rachmaninoff, Capriccio Bohemien, Op. 12 View Notes Listen
Scriabin, Concerto for piano and orchestra n F-sharp minor View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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DARK AND LIGHT

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. Inspired by the painting of the same name, Rachmaninoff masterfully conveys a dark and epitaphic atmosphere in his symphonic poem, Isle of the Dead. 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. Rounding out the program is Wagner’s classical, youthful and solely completed symphony: Symphony in C major. 

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

Rachmaninoff, Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1, Op. 107 View Notes Listen
Wagner, Symphony in C major     View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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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
Alexander Gangurean | 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 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2, op. 16 View Notes Listen
Tchaikovsky, Manfred Symphony, Op. 58 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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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 View Notes Listen
Chopin, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1, Op. 11 View Notes Listen
Scriabin, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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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 View Notes Listen
Górecki, Concerto for harpsichord, Op. 40 View Notes Listen
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 14, Op. 135 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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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 View Notes Listen
Tan Dun, Concerto for piano and orchestra “The Fire” View Notes Listen
Bruckner, Symphony No. 1 in C minor View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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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 View Notes Listen
Tan Dun, Concerto for piano and orchestra “The Fire” View Notes Listen
Bruckner, Symphony No. 1 in C minor View Notes Listen

$40 - $15



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SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS


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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

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

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

Free admission. 




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UNIONVILLE CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

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

Celebrate the birth of our glorious nation with an unforgettable concert under the stars. The Kindred Spirits Orchestra presents musical favourites from the classics to Broadway and beyond.  


 

Strauss, Radetzki Marsch
Brahms, Hungarian Dance
Shostakovich, Waltz no. 2 (from Jazz Suite No. 2)

A.L. Weber, The Phantom of the Opera (selections)
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Miss Saigon
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Les Miserables (selections)
J. Mercer, Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
J. Barry, Somewhere in Time
J. de Meij, The Lord of the Rings (excerpts)
J. Williams, Star Wars (excerpts)

Michael Berec | conductor

Free admission. 

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