OUR 2019/2020 Season

Main Series Concerts

 

All concerts occur Sunday at 3PM

 

Visual Art (Beauty of the Eye)
October 27, Hope Lutheran Church

Music and Visual Arts have been interconnected for centuries, whether it be composers working together with visual artists for mutual inspiration, or even the treasured instruments of the past becoming artworks on their own. In this opening concert of the season, we will explore the power of music to evoke imagery, whether through the abstract work of Calgarian Arthur Bachmann’s “Glass Clouds” or Jean Francaix’s music inspired by the paintings of Renoir.

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Literature (Beauty of the Word)

February 23, St. Stephen's Anglican

 

Instrumental music’s connection to words and text may seem odd or even impossible, but this is what makes finding a connection even more interesting. Can we find connections in the life of a composer, or in a point of inspiration, or in the thread of storytelling? This concert features works by Hildegard von Bingen, composer and poet, to Canadian Jean Coulthard’s Essays for Octet, Frank Bridge’s “Novelletten,” and Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1, inspired by Tolstoy’s short story “The Kreutzer Sonata.”

 

 

Film/Theatre/Dance (Beauty of the Stage)

May 10, St. Stephen's Anglican

 

To think of some theatre without music would be to change it completely. The worlds of music and dance have always been part of the same woven thread, pre-”talkie” films would often have live musical accompaniment, Shakespeare would incorporate instrumental interludes into performances of his plays. Music by composers closely associated with film will be featured, Hollywood’s Bernard Hermann and National Film Board’s Eldon Rathburn, alongside music written for contemporary dance by Calgary’s Nathaniel Schmidt, Marjan Mozetich’s “Songline to Heaven and Dance to Earth.”

 

Village Sessions

 

All Concerts Thursday, doors at 7:30PM

 

November 7

Samantha Savage Smith

 

Sometimes no matter how many times you might have heard a singer, it is so special that it always feels like a surprise. Samantha Savage Smith has that magic. She is a multi-talented creative force: songwriter, instrumentalist, singer, and generous spirit in Calgary’s music community. Her music is poppy without being corny, catchy without being simple, bold without wearing it on her sleeve.

 

March 5

Nia Devetzis

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.

 

May 21

FOONYAP

 

Making a genre of her own, and often acting as an entire band unto herself, FOONYAP has wowed audiences across Canada and beyond since her full-length solo debut, Palimpsest, in the Fall of 2016. Her influences are diverse: early studies as a Classical violinist, playing with Calgary indie bands like Woodpigeon, and knowledge of traditional Chinese music. She brings together her lifetime of sonic influences into her own language, combining acoustic and electronic sounds that keep a thread from the folk and Classical worlds while moving ahead on her own path.

NEWS

2019-2020 Season UPCOMING

August 15, 2019

Hello Kensington Sinfonia fans! With the end of summer comes the beginning of our new season. We are excited to announce some new collaborations and a new venue.
Most exciting is our new collaboration with the Bach Society of Calgary. On June 7, 2020, we will be joining them in a wonderful concert "The Glory of Vivaldi." More to come!
Please visit our 2019/2020 Season and Village Sessions for more information about each concert and where to get tickets.
If you have any questions please e-mail us at kensingtonsinfonia@gmail.com. We look forward to making music with you!

2018-2019 SEASON CLOSE

July 2, 2019

Thank you to our musicians and audience for another wonderful season of music making. Our 30th season was a great success.
Our Village Sessions were once again a wonderful collaboration. Our guests brought their diverse musical styles to the stage while Village provided us with some delicious beer.
Our experiment with the move to St. Stephen's Anglican Church was also well received and we are in the process seeing if it will be permanent.
Stay tuned to our website to see what's next for season 31 and we hope to see you there again.