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Kingston Symphony offers multiple options to take in upcoming concerts

Kingston Symphony members prepare for their first live audience concert since March 2020. Image by Emily Dine.

The Kingston Symphony returned to live audience concerts earlier this month, and is continuing to create live music into the holiday season.

This December, experience the joy of live music with two upcoming concerts by the Kingston Symphony. Whether you’re interested in discovering music by a trail-blazing 19th-century composer or in the mood to celebrate some holiday classics, there is something here for everyone, the Symphony said in a release.

Over the course of December, the Kingston Symphony will be holding a composer festival in honour of the inimitable Louise Farrenc as well as performing its annual Candlelight Christmas concerts. Tickets to attend in person or online are available now, the Symphony said.

The Symphony provided these details on the upcoming concerts:

Celebrating Louise Farrenc

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

In this season’s composer festival, the Kingston Symphony features Louise Farrenc, a 19th-century pioneer, who was not only a first-class symphonist but a fierce and successful warrior for gender equality. The Kingston Symphony will perform two of her symphonies – Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 3 – on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Isabel. This is a bold and brilliant look at a composer, whose life was nothing short of remarkable.

In 1842, Farrenc became the only woman to be appointed to the position of professor at the Paris Conservatory and would remain the only woman to reach such a position until the 20th century. Her symphonies showcase the brilliant meticulousness Farrenc brought to all her compositions. It can be said without a doubt that she would have been a household name along the same lines as Beethoven or Tchaikovsky had her career not been weighed down with insurmountable resistance from her peers and colleagues – resistance based solely on the fact she was a woman.

In selecting these pieces, Maestro Evan Mitchell shared his excitement in selecting two works by Farrenc for the Kingston Symphony’s composer festival. “I’m so excited to be performing this remarkable music. Louise Farrenc was not only a revolutionary figure in music history, she was also a top-tier symphonic composer, and after this concert, I think you’re going to agree that we should be hearing her orchestral works all the time. It’s going to be a spectacular afternoon.”

A limited number of tickets are available to attend in person. The concert will also be livestreamed and available to view for 48 hours after the performance ends. Tickets are $40 each to attend in person and $15 to access the livestream.

Candlelight Christmas

Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Ring in the season with the Kingston Symphony’s classical Christmas concerts! They are the perfect way to begin your holiday festivities, so make sure to include one of these delightful performances on your wish list as these concerts sell out every year. Hear music written to celebrate the season including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Howard Cable’s Christmas Favourites, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

A limited number of tickets are available to attend in person. Tuesday evening’s concert will also be livestreamed and available to view for 48 hours after the performance ends. Tickets are $30 each to attend in person and $15 to access the livestream.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.kingstonsymphony.ca, by calling 613-533-2424, or visiting the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office at 390 King Street West.

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