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Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Principal 2nd Violin)

St. Maurice & St. Verena Cultural Centre, 3300 Highway 7 East, Markham, ON

Join the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in celebrating the opening concert of the season featuring artists and works at the Markham Contemporary Music Festival. Start the evening off in style with an opening night gala followed by 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

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

York University Convocation Video 2020

York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto

Filming and recording solo violin for York University's 2020 Convocation Video, to be premiered on YouTube (unlisted) for all Fall graduands. Classical favourites from Händel to Elgar filmed on location at York University.

The Grenadier Quartet - Toronto String Composer's Workshop (TSCW) @ the CMC

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Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St., Toronto

The Grenadier Quartet (virtually) presents works by emerging composers at the Canadian Music Centre. With guest speaker Alice Ho and resident composer Saman Shahi. Directed by Kemi Lo, Matthew Fava, and Marie Anton.

https://www.tostringscompositionworkshop.com/

Domaine Forget

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E-Learning

Participant - Violin w/ Mayumi Seiler & David Gilham

(Cancelled - coronavirus) Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's Fifth

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West, Toronto

Internationally renwoned Maestro James Liu leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an evening of exhilarating music at the 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 nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful 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.

James Liu | conductor Sheng Cai | pianist

http://ksorchestra.ca/concerts/2019_20.html#june_27

(Cancelled - coronavirus) Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Metamorphoses

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St, Richmond Hill

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. 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 | music director Sheng Cai | pianist Michael Berec | host

http://ksorchestra.ca/concerts/2019_20.html#june_26

(Cancelled - coronavirus) London Symphonia: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas St., London, ON

CineConcerts is inviting fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ IN CONCERT. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score. Get ready to encounter a Dementor™, ride the Knight Bus™ and discover just who Sirius Black™ really is.

https://www.budweisergardens.com/events/detail/harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-in-concert

(Cancelled - coronavirus) Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St, Richmond Hill

Tchaikovsky’s evocative Cappriccio Italien is a musical travelogue painting the landscape of the composer’s journey to Rome. 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. 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 Dong Xu | pianist Michael Berec | host

http://ksorchestra.ca/concerts/2019_20.html#may_8

(Cancelled - coronavirus) Peterborough Symphony Orchestra: Jazz Goes to the Symphony (Cancelled - coronavirus)

Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George Street North, Peterborough

Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Luba Goy, Narrator

Come along with the PSO as we break out into the jazzy theatre music of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Ellington’s The River and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Comic superstar Luba Goy brings her style and wit to the evening.

Meet the Maestro Pre-Concert Talk @ 6:40pm

http://thepso.org/?post_type=concert&p=957

(Cancelled - Coronavirus) Kindred Spirits Orchestra: The Muse and the Poet

Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham

Described by the composer himself as “a conversation between two instruments instead of a debate between two virtuosos,” Saint-Saëns’ elegiac late masterpiece La Muse et le Poète is an impassioned and imaginative dialogue for solo violin, cello and orchestra. 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 Alexander Gangurean | violinist Hee Yeon Kim | cellist Michael Berec | host

http://ksorchestra.ca/concerts/2019_20.html#march_20

(Cancelled - Coronavirus) Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra: Schumann, Beethoven, Croall, & Wiren

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave East, Toronto

The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Norman Reintamm, continues its 2019-20 season on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. With guest conductor, Pratik Gandhi, the program includes Beethoven‘s Overture to Egmont, Schumann‘s Symphony No. 4 in D minor, and Wiren‘s Serenade for Strings. Odawa First Nation composer, Barbara Croall, will also perform her own work, Nimkii N’gamwin (Thunderbird Song), in the oral tradition with orchestra.

Recital: Bach, Sibelius, & FAE

Belmont House, 55 Belmont St., Toronto

Clare Pellerin, violin - Elliott Braganza, piano

Program

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Adagio, Fugue, & Presto (J.S. Bach)

Schön Rosmarin & Liebeslied (Fritz Kreisler)

Violin Concerto - 1st mvt. (Jean Sibelius)

Toccata (Aram Khachaturian)

FAE Sonata Intermezzo (Robert Schumann) & Scherzo (Johannes Brahms)

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra: Dvořák, Gershwin, and Weinzweig (Principal Second)

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave East, Toronto

The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra presents Dvořák's Symphony No. 5 in F major, John Weizweig's 'Red Ear of Corn Suite,' and George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue,' with pianist Brett Kingsbury. Conducted by Martin Macdonald.

http://cathedralbluffs.com/category/events/

Kindred Spirits Orchestra: Redemption

Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham

Inspired by poetry, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is a velvety portrait of English countryside and melodies of bygone days. Piano prodigy Leonid Nediak takes centre stage with the colourful and jazz-flavoured Piano Concerto No. 4 by Rachmaninoff. Written in tandem to Diaghilev’s Biblical ballet The Prodigal Son, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 evokes the scriptural tones of sin and redemption.

Kristian Alexander | conductor Leonid Nediak | pianist Ellie Sievers | violinist Michael Berec | host

http://ksorchestra.ca/concerts/2019_20.html#december_14