Kanata Symphony Orchestra
Sharing our passion for classical music!
We are a full Symphony Orchestra serving cultural excellence to Kanata and the surrounding areas. Composed of regular people like you, passionate about magnificence in music! Come and share our enjoyment of live performances!
2020-2021 Rehearsals To Start, But Season Schedule Remains Uncertain
Please note, due to COVID-19, rehearsals for strings will be starting in September 2020, but it is unclear when the full orchestra will be able to get back together. The rehearsal and performance plans for the 2020-2021 season are uncertain but updates will be shared with orchestra members when available
About the KSO
Since its inception in 1981, the Kanata Symphony has succeeded in providing the community with a rich heritage of orchestral concerts and events.
A typical season for the Kanata Symphony begins with the Fall Family concert. This event traditionally has a musical theme and provides the audience (both young and old) with not just an orchestral concert but an entertaining, enlightening and educational experience.
Over the years, the orchestra has performed with various groups such as ballet, native Indian dancers, magicians, Kiwanis Clowns, Scouts, with themes such as Halloween, Celebrating Canada, International music and Dancing through the Ages. Guest performers have included Kanata mayors and members of the City Council.
Young and old are also encouraged to come and join in with the "musical petting zoo" at the conclusion of these family concerts where the audience can actually come and have a close look and a "test-drive" the instruments. The symphony also presents traditional festive Christmas and Spring Classical concerts in which both professional and aspiring young musicians have performed as soloists with the orchestra.
The Kanata Symphony provides the City of Ottawa and the community at large with the valuable musical experiences and encourages perspective new members to join in with the satisfaction and joy of making music together.
Musicians in the Kanata Symphony are regular people with regular lives, just like you. Many of us work in IT, engineering, medicine, teaching and some of us earn a living with music. But we all come together to have fun exploring the music that gets us going.
Music Director: YVES LACOURSIERE
Well known and appreciated at first as a saxophonist, Yves has become a highly respected professor of music, a multi-instrumentalist, and a conductor.
He started his musical training at an early age during his stay in Peru with his family. Not only did he learn Spanish but he also developed a taste for the South American culture. Upon returning to Canada, he discovered the world of jazz and musical improvisation. In 1991, the Gatineau Conservatory recognized his talent and he was accepted in Noël Samyn’s saxophone class. During his studies, Yves participated on various competitions collecting prizes and grants, at the Canada Music Competitions. In 1999, he was honored to receive the prestigious « Prix en saxophone » from the Gatineau’s Conservatory. He then decided to pursue his musical training which led him to complete a Master's degree at Université de Montréal in orchestral conducting.
Yves has been conducting the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He continues to perform very actively as a saxophonist and as the vocal and musical director of « Le Chœur de l’île », regional choir.
Concertmaster: ANNA KLOCHKOVA
Anna holds a Master's of Music degree Glinka State Conservatory in Russia. She performed with the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra for several years as a first violinist and played with other orchestras which toured France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Scandinavia. She also taught violin to secondary school students.
Among the highlights of her artistic career are performances with M. Rostropovich and Y. Bashmet.
In Canada, Anna continues teaching at music schools, giving private lessons, and performing with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, the Oshawa Symphony, the Brampton Symphony and the Kanata Symphony Orchestra among others.