Main Series Concerts
All concerts occur Sunday at 3PM
November 4, Hope Lutheran Church
Flora and fauna have long been a natural source of sonic inspiration, and this program explores how a variety of composers have channelled this into their music. From Vaughan Williams’ classic beauty Lark Ascending to our very own Donovan Seidle’s musical depiction of the chinook phenomenon so familiar to Albertans: join us and experience the unique musical landscape created by this collection of environmentally minded works.
February 3, Hope Lutheran Church
Kensington Sinfonia is joined by the talented students of Amici String Program to explore folk music seen through a Classical lens. Antonín Dvořák incorporates Bohemian folk idioms into his String Serenade, Sir Ernest MacMillan honours French Canadian traditional music, and American Steven Snowden celebrates Appalachian folk songs. Joyful music presented with the inspiring energy of the future stars of Calgary’s Classical scene, this concert is the perfect remedy for mid-Winter blues.
May 12, St. Stephen's Anglican Church
A Mother’s Day treat, the final concert of the main series will present music of dreams and fantasy, featuring the young winner of the KS Concerto Competition, to be announced in the Spring. This program honours the creative expressions of female composers with pieces by Wu Man, Angela Morley, and Canadians Norma Beecroft and Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. Celebrate the special day at a new venue for the ensemble: St. Stephen’s church in the Beltline!
All Concerts Thursday, doors at 7:30PM
Valiska (the creative project of Krzysztof Sujata) creates ambient electroacoustic soundscapes that plunge you into a mesmerized state that feels like seeing a beautiful object under a magnifying glass, or the careful and deliberate experience of slowly investigating a familiar space from a new angle. The serene sonic space of Valiska’s music will be a wonderful match for the Classical repertoire of Kensington Sinfonia. Come to listen and prove that it’s possible to have a quiet, calming night at the brewery.
Fresh off the 2018 release of Strange Prison, Astral Swans is the project led by Calgary music scene’s Matthew Swann, who continues to challenge and connect with listeners through vulnerable writing about the complexities of human experience. At our Valentine’s Day show guaranteed to avoid the cliched associations with the day, experience the Sinfonia up close and personal and hear the thoughtful musings on our modern age through the songs of Astral Swans. Having played a tour of Japan and shows across Canada in the past year, Astral Swans offers a special opportunity to hear a new collaboration with the Sinfonia ensemble.
Edmonton’s Marlaena Moore proves that amidst the ever-changing fashions of pop music, there is still power in guitar riffs and matching honest lyrics to breezy melodies. Much like the ability of Classical music to catch the ear with a tune and then bring a tear to your eye, Moore’s songs can bring you in with a groove and then reveal a lyric that somehow makes you feel less alone. Witness music that is evergreen regardless of style, and the beauty that can come from a cross-Provincial/cross-genre pairing.
Kensington Sinfonia is pleased to announce our continued involvement in the 2018 Honens Festival: Open Air concert on September 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. This free event features Honens' laureates performing a concert accompanied by Kensington Sinfonia members at Calgary's Central Memorial Park. All are welcome. For more information click here.
September 4, 2018
June 19, 2018