Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Dark and LIght (Principal 2nd Violin)

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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. 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

https://ksorchestra.ca/2020-21-season/

Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Passion and Drama (Principal 2nd Violin, Soloist)

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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 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

https://ksorchestra.ca/2020-21-season/

Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Melodies of Emotion (Principal 2nd Violin)

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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

https://ksorchestra.ca/2020-21-season/

Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Pärt, Górecki and Shostakovich (Principal 2nd Violin)

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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

https://ksorchestra.ca/2020-21-season/

Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony (Principal 2nd Violin)

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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

https://ksorchestra.ca/2020-21-season/