From 115 applications received in 2011, 55 children from the GTA were invited to audition live in Markham and another 23, in Toronto in front of a panel of judges led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, Music Director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. A final cast of 13 children was selected to perform live on stage at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2012.
The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Oliver!, Annie, Hercules, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Les Misérable, An American Tail and other all time children`s favourties are included in the concert. The story will be beautifully narrated by incomparable actress and singer, Canadian icon June Garber, and accompanied by the Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Keith Reid.
“The Kindred Spirits Orchestra is a wonderful example of how music can bring communities together,” said the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of culture of Ontario, “I commend the Kindred Spirits Orchestra for its dedication to contribute to the thriving and vibrant cultural life we enjoy here in Ontario.”
The Kindred Spirits Orchestra is committed to changing lives through music’s extraordinary power to communicate, inspire, uplift, educate, and entertain. Through outstanding live performances that are evocative, dramatic, and passionate, the Orchestra seeks to elate avid patrons and develop, in collaboration, new audiences of all ages for classical music. The KSO has enjoyed a remarkable popularity at Markham Theatre where it performs for sold-out houses and standing ovations.