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Founded by Maestro Kristian Alexander in 2011, Markham Contemporary Music Festival is an annual event that takes place in various concert venues in Markham, Ontario. The Festival promotes the performance of music written worldwide in the 20th and the 21st centuries. It also includes lectures and seminars in both English and French, workshops, master-classes, pre-concert chats, intermission discussions, post-concert receptions, documentary films about the life of contemporary composers, and networking events.

2019 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2
 

Official opening ceremony

An evening filled with activities for families and children – “Make your own musical instrument” workshop and “Write your own song” workshop animated by musicians of the KSO.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal of works by Schönberg and Schnittke.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Open dress rehearsal

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open dress rehearsal of works by Schönberg and Schnittke.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Concert

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2

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SCHNITTKE AND SCHÖNBERG

A centerpiece to Markham’s 2019 Contemporary Music Festival, this multi-media concert fetures Kindred Spirits Orchestra performing a ground-breaking twentieth century music. One of his last musical works during his younger Post-Romantic musical output, twelve-tone composer Schönberg adheres to classical musical form while pushing the boundaries of harmony and tonality in his Kammersymphonie No. 1. Written in 1979, Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings is founded on stark contrasts: “sunshine” and “storm clouds,” in the words of the composer himself. In addition, this concert will also feature an audio-visual presentation about the lives of these two "revolutionary" composers.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Antonia deWolfe | pianist

Michael Berec | host

Schnittke, Concerto for piano and strings View Notes Listen
Schönberg, Kammersymphonie, Op. 9 View Notes Listen

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Composition workshop (part 1 - artistic expression through contemporary writing techniques) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Lecture and film

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Schönberg and Schnittke. Lecture (in French) and a documentary film (in English) about the artistic achievements of these two major 20th authors.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave., Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2


Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture and Film

International Music Academy
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Lecture (in English) and documentary film about the live and work of the French Canadian composer André Mathieu.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Composition workshop (part 2 - exploring new ideas in collective writing of contemporary music) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture and Film

International Music Academy
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Lecture (in French) and documentary film about the live and work of the French Canadian composer André Mathieu.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Open Visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy.
Free admission.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Concert

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
10268 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B7

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VOICES OF THE WORLD

In an exclusive concert, the Hong Kong Oratorio Society unites voices with the Vancouver Oratorio Society to present the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s first foray in the world of symphonic writing was ambitious to say the least. His six-movement Symphony No. 1 is a lush and dramatic work, which begins with an atmospheric prelude and concludes with a glorious epilogue. The finale is one of the few compositions Scriabin wrote that highlights the human voice. Featuring soloists and a chorus, the composer himself penned the poetic prose which praises the significance and power of Art: “O wonderful image of the divine,
harmony’s pure Art!
 To you we gladly bring
 praise of that rapturous feeling.
 You are life’s bright hope,
 you are celebration, you are respite, 
like a gift you bring to the people
 your enchanted visions”. Expressly written for this very concert, celebrated Chinese composer Chan Wing-Wah bestows Kindred Spirits Orchestra the honour of the world première of his Symphony No. 9 for soloists, choir and orchestra, a large-scale, two-movement piece set on poetic texts in Chinese and English languages.

Kristian Alexander | music director
Chan Wing-Wah | conductor
Kemuel Wong | conductor
Stephanie deCiantis | mezzo-soprano
Ryan Downey | tenor

HONG KONG ORATORIO SOCIETY
VANCOUVER ORATORIO SOCIETY

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Chan Wing-Wah

Scriabin, Symphony No. 1, Op. 26    View Notes Listen
Chan Wing-Wah, Symphony No. 9 (world première)    

$65 - $58 |  BUY TICKETS 

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Lecture and Film

International Music Academy
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Shostakovich and Stalin. Lecture (in English) and a documentary film about the artistic struggle and human tragedy of Soviet composers during the communism.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Workshop

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Composition workshop (part 3 - writing music for film and television) for young Canadian composers.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Open rehearsal

Cornell Recital Hall
3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham ON L6B 0T2


Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in an open rehearsal featuring pieces by contemporary composers.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Lecture and film

International Music Academy - Recital Hall
50 Innovator Ave, Stouffville ON L4A 0Y2

Lecture and documentary film about the live and work of the Russian composer Serge Prokofiev.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Concert

CBC Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. West., Toronto ON M5V 3G5

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IRON AND STEEL

In a concert featuring renowned European conductor Maestro Jiří Petrdlík and the internationally renowned Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico, inspired by the little-known works of the 19th century romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber, 20th century composer Paul Hindemith weaves his own voice into the bombastic crowd-pleaser Symphonic Metamorphosis. Once hailed the “Canadian Mozart,” composer André Mathieu wrote his long-lost Piano Concerto No. 4 at the youthful age of eighteen: a truly remarkable accomplishment for such an incredibly emotive work, mature beyond his years. Ahead of his time, Prokofiev explores dense and forceful orchestral textures, which the composer described as “iron and steel” in his rarely performed Symphony No. 2.

Jiří Petrdlík | conductor
Christina Petrowska-Quilico | pianist

Michael Berec | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk in the foyer
                  Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Christina Petrowska-Quilico

Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis View Notes Listen
André Mathieu, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4 View Notes Listen
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 View Notes Listen

$40 - $15 |  BUY TICKETS 

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