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André Laplante plays Beethoven's 'Emperor'
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Celebrate spring with Schumann’s iconic Symphony No. 1. Internationally renowned André Laplante lends his touch to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture honours the holiday.

Welcome to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra has performed since 2009, to a great acclaim, sold-out audiences, and standing ovations at the legendary CBC Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. As of the 2011, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra has also established a 6-concert subscription series at the Flato Markham Theatre, in addition to 3 community-outreach and 2 educational concerts. Led by the charismatic Maestro Kristian Alexander, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra is enjoying an enormous 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, and Constantine Caravassilis. During the past few years alone, the orchestra has regularly worked with internationally renowned soloists such as pianists Christina Quilico, James Parker and Maxim Bernard, violinists Jacques Israelievitch, Joelle Kee and Marc Djokic, cellist Rachel Mercer, soprano Rebecca Whelan, and tenor Keith Klassen, among many others.

“The performance of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kristian Alexander was inspiring, powerful and transformational. The musicians were exhilarating and the audience moved. It was one of the most exciting performances I have seen in a while…”
Jacques Israelievitch, violinist (former concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra)

"Performing with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kristian Alexander was a wonderful experience." Christina Quilico, pianist

"I had a terrific time making new friends and sharing great music with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra." Jamie Parker, pianist (University of Toronto Chair of Piano Performance)

"This was a really great concert..., the orchestra sounded fantastic!!! And the choice of music was excellent." Alexa Petrenko, host (National Classical Radio 96.3 FM)

"The wonderful opening night of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra is still resonating in our minds… The musical program, covering the full range of 19th century German music was well balanced and beautifully executed." Walter Stechel, Consul General of Germany in Canada

"Kindred Spirits Orchestra plays an important role in promoting arts and culture in Ontario through their outstanding musical performances.”
The Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of culture

"I commend the Kindred Spirits Orchestra for their efforts to inspire, uplift, educate and entertain their audiences through the power of music. Your efforts go a long way to developing an appreciation of all forms of music in our communities." Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham

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Gala for Giving Every year, the City of Markham hosts its annual Gala for Giving – a large-scale special event that has for a goal raising the awareness and helping charitable organisations based in York Region. To learn more about the upcoming Gala for Giving that will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Le Park Banquet Centre, please click here.

Recent News
  • Andre Laplante makes his début with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Beethoven's "Emperor" piano concerto to replace Anton Kuerti whose originally scheduled performance was cancelled due to illness. Click here for more details.
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