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Markham Contemporary Music Festival is a public charity that has been promoting, since 2011, the performance by local artists of music written worldwide in the 20th and the 21st centuries. An annual event, the Festival 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. The Festival encourages local community engagement through activities that celebrate and preserve performing arts.

2020 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3
 

Opening ceremony

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop I (strings)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by Markham composer Werner Chan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop II (wodwinds)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by Markham composer Erik Kreem.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop III (brass)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by Markham composers Werner Chan and Erik Kreem.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Conducting Workshop I

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop on conducting pieces by contemporary Canadian composers.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Composition Workshop

Markham's composer Werner Chan moderates a workshop on his newly written Concerto for violin and orchestra.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Violin Workshop

Markham's violinist Sarah Davidson-Gurney presents a newly written Concerto for violin and orchestra by local composer Werner Chan.

Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Open dress rehearsal

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in open dress rehearsal of works by Markham composers Werner Chan and Erik Kreem.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Concert
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CHAN, KREEM and BEETHOVEN

A centerpiece to Markham’s 2020 Contemporary Music Festival, this multi-media concert features Markham's composers Werner Chan and Erik Kreem and local celebrity violinist Sarah Davidson-Gurney presenting a world première of a newly written concerto for Violin and orchestra under the baton of Markham's conductor and Kindred Spirits Orchestra Music Director Maestro Kristian Alexander.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Sarah Davidson-Gurney | violinist

Kindred Spirits Orchestra

Werner Chan | composer
Erik Kreem | composer
Elli Kozak | host

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk
                   Intermission discussion with Werner Chan, Sarah Davidson-Gurney and Erik Kreem

Chan, Concerto for violin and orchestra (world première) View Notes  
Kreem, Waltz View Notes Listen
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 View Notes Listen

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop IV (strings)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by 20th century composer Alexander Scriabin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit - POSTPONED

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.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Lecture and film - POSTPONED

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


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

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop V (woodwinds)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by 20th century composer Alexander Scriabin.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit - POSTPONED

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.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Lecture and film - POSTPONED

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


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

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop VI (strings)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by 20th century composer Alexander Scriabin.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop VII (wodwinds)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by 20th century composer Alexander Scriabin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Orchestral instruments Workshop VIII (brass)

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop for local musicians on pieces by 20th century composer Alexander Scriabin.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Conducting Workshop

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander moderates a workshop on conducting pieces by contemporary composers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Piano Workshop I

Markham's pianist Gregory Vandikas moderates a workshop for young local pianists.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Piano Workshop II

Markham's pianist Gregory Vandikas moderates a workshop for young local pianists.

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Open dress rehearsal

Markham's own conductor Maestro Kristian Alexander leads the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in open dress rehearsal featuring local pianist Gregory Vandikas.

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
SMSV Banquet Hall
3300 Highway 7, Markham ON L3R 8C3

Concert

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FOLK, MYSTICISM AND SPIRIT

Under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, Markham's own Kindred Spirits Orchestra performs a night of unforgettable evocative music. Influenced by mysticism and transcendence, acclaimed local pianist Gregory Vandikas masterfully tackles Scriabin’s introspective Concerto for piano in the “bright blue” key of F-sharp. Rounding out the program is Wagner’s classical, youthful and solely completed symphony: Symphony in C major.

Kristian Alexander | condnuctor
Gregory Vandikas | pianist

Michael Berec | host

Kindred Spirits Orchestra

7:15 p.m.   Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.   Pre-concert talk
                   Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Gregory Vandikas

Scriabin, Concerto for piano and orchestra   View Notes Listen
Wagner, Symphony in C View Notes Listen

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The 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020 festivals have been generously funded by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 festivals have been supported by the Tourism Industry Partners, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.
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The 2018 festival has been supported by the Government of Ontario.



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