The Kindred Spirits Orchestra, a Markham Treat

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra (KSO) is an award-winning Markham institution and has been the recipient of great acclaim, sold-out audiences, and standing ovations.

The orchestra, led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, performs a wide range of compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and many others.

KSO’s next performance, Redemption, takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Flato Markham Theatre. 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.

On February 8, KSO showcases Rachmanifoff’s Third at the Flato Markham Theatre. Although not penned for specific persons or those of the past, Bruch’s In Memoriam is a one-movement heartfelt lament for solo violin and orchestra. Hungarian-Canadian pianist Mary Kenedi masterfully interprets Bartók’s Piano Concert No. 3: a piece written during the final few months of the composer’s life as a birthday gift for his wife.

After a 17-year compositional drought, Rachmaninoff’s final Symphony No. 3 harkens lush tones of the past Romantic era.

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