OUR 2017/2018 Season

The Nations

November 5, 2017

To open the season, Kensington Sinfonia presents "The Nations,” Telemann's charming suite of baroque character-pieces and dances. Artistic Director Donovan Seidle, and Artistic Director Designate Laura Reid take centre stage for Vivaldi's challenging concerto for 2 violins in C Major, RV508. Rounding out the concert is the Ballade, Op. 30 by Quebecois composer Denis Gougeon

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Triptych

February 11, 2018

We are excited to present "Triptych,” by Canadian composer Elizabeth Knudson as the featured piece of our second concert. Based on Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights,” each of the movements is inspired by a different area of this painter's masterwork. Also on the program are Vivaldi's 2 violin concerto in A minor RV523 and Carlo Tessarini's lively Overture from "La Stravangaza.” To end, Robert Fuchs’ Serenade No. 1 is a fresh take on the form, cast in five concise movements exhibits lyrical melodies, graceful dances, playful scherzos and a high-spirited finale!

 

Gordian Knot

May 20, 2018

For our final concert of the season we will be handing over leadership to our new Artistic Director, Laura Reid and saying farewell to our current Artistic Director Donovan Seidle. Featured works include Purcell's Chaconne from "The Gordian Knot Untied", a new premiere from Donovan Seidle, and Philip Glass's Echorus for 2 violins. We welcome soloist Sarah Gieck for her Devienne flute concerto in E minor, and this year's concerto competition winner.

 

Guest appearances 

Kensington Sinfonia is pleased to announce our continued involvement in the 2017 Honens Festival: Open Air concert on September 10, 2017 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.

NEWS

2017-18 SEASON CONCLUSION

June 19, 2018

The 2017-18 season proved to be a great success. Thank you to everyone that joined us at our concerts and offered their valuable support.
For the first time in many seasons, we added a new concert series, the Village Sessions. These gave us an opportunity to a show a different side to the ensemble and collaborate with other talented musicians in our community. We're happy to say that because of their popularity, we will be bringing them back for another season.
Our final concert was bittersweet as we said goodbye to our outgoing Artistic Director Donovan Seidle and welcomed new Artistic Director Laura Reid. We were thrilled to have nearly 200 people pack Hope Lutheran to join in the celebration.
We will be announcing our new season in the coming weeks which we are excited to say is our 30th. We've got some special things planned so join our mailing list here or stay tuned to the website for more information.

UPCOMING MAY EVENTS

April 9, 2018

The 2017-18 season has been an exciting one so far with the successful introduction of the Village Sessions at Village Brewery and some wonderful performances at our Main Series concerts.
May promises to bring a fantastic end to our 29th season but it is also bittersweet. Our concert on May 20th will be the final performance with Donovan Seidle as our Artistic Director, a role he's held since 2006. If you've seen Donovan perform as part of the ensemble we encourage you to join us for this special concert.
On May 31st we will have our final Village Session of the season featuring guitarist Darren Young. Both Sessions so far have been close to selling out so be sure to e-mail us at kensingtonsinfonia@gmail.com to reserve a ticket.