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Celebrate the return of live music with Orchestra Kingston
May 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree – $25
Celebrate with Orchestra Kingston, as Live Music Returns –
Sunday May 8, 2:30pm, at The Spire, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston.
Guest Soloist: Ms Carina Canonico in Mozart’s “luscious” Concerto for Clarinet.
Also live and onstage for the first time this year, hear the excitement of excerpts from: Grieg’s Peer Gynt; the jubilant Brahms’ Serenade No. 1; plus the classical romance of Schubert’s B minor Symphony No. 8
Student Special: FREE admission followed by FREE clarinet Workshop with Carina Canonico, when you bring your instrument with you.
Tickets: $25 (adult), $20 (senior & student), Free (under 16) available in person from Novel Idea Bookstore 156 Princess Street Kingston, from orchestra members or online at www.orchestrakingston.ca and at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/orchestra-kingstons-may-concert-tickets-309030467447
Please check Health Ministry guidelines for any restrictions on ticket sales at the door or on Workshops, intermissions, food, or drinks. Please wear your mask.
“The clarinet’s sound can be luscious or bright but I prefer its dark chocolate tones the best,” says Orchestra Kingston’s Guest Soloist, Carina Canonico. She explains how much she looks forward to performing Mozart’s masterpiece for her chosen instrument, live and onstage at The Spire. “Mozart was right,” she says about the clarinet, “when he said, ‘nobody with a heart could resist it.” Principal Clarinetist with The Kingston Symphony, Canonico is also music director, choir master and pianist at St. Mark’s as well as teacher of piano and clarinet in her own Kingston studio.
Ms Canonico has generously offered a free Workshop after her concert to all clarinet students who bring their instruments to the concert. “This is a great concert to show off what the instrument can do. So, we’re inviting clarinet students at all levels in for free, followed by our free workshop to get together and learn more about it.”
“And,” Canonico points out, “it’s not just about symphonic music. Whether it’s jazz, funk, klezmer, or classical, the clarinet is very versatile … and that’s the key to finding one’s style. Trying out all these styles keeps my music fresh.”
Originally from Courtice, east of Toronto, Canonico joined the KSO in 2018 and performed this Mozart Concerto with them during a recent online concert. “If you know music,” remarks John Palmer, Orchestra Kingston’s music director/conductor, “you can never get enough of this Concerto and this will be Kingston’s first chance this year to hear and watch Ms Canonico perform it live.” It is in live performance that audiences may hear, see and feel the impact of this
Composer, musician, and Orchestra Kingston’s president, Daniel McConnachie, agrees. “This Concerto is the jewel in every clarinetist’s crown. It’s very moving,” he laughs, “because whether a musician or audience member, you will find it impossible not to move your body while it’s being performed. Our soloist succeeds in making this difficult piece look easy.”
“Well,” comments Canonico, “it’s all about preparation. I can feel how the orchestra grows and progresses in rehearsals in order to play convincingly in concert. We really come to appreciate each other. Music brings people together in an emotional experience. And then, in concert … being in the middle of it with musicians all around,” Canonico pauses, “I think it is just an incomparable experience.”
Orchestra Kingston’s May 8 concert also includes two evocative movements from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, moving from the melancholy of “The Death of Aase” to the exciting fireworks of “Hall of the Mountain King”. The jubilant first movement of the Brahms Serenade No.1 will follow Intermission. Brahms is a musical treat of which John Palmer remarks, “It gets the adrenalin working. But, that’s Brahms.” The concert finale features Schubert’s B minor (The Unfinished) Symphony, among the first to help bridge classical and romantic music: “You feel it as much as you hear it,” Palmer concludes.
Orchestra Kingston is a community orchestra based in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2008, we have presented concerts that feature a wide range of musical genres with a particular emphasis on Canadian composers. Many of our concerts are also presented in collaboration with other community ensembles and feature professional soloists. We provide an opportunity for amateur musicians in the Kingston area to play orchestral repertoire under the baton of a professional music director in a relaxed but dedicated environment.
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