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Kingston Chamber Orchestra

Sat, Oct 27, 20187:30 pm
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  • John Robertson
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    John Robertson

The Military Communications and Electronics Museum Charity Concert

“This is music of our time ... steeped in tradition that should be a guiding light forward” - Classical Music Sentinel

“...soaring themes and thunderous brass-heavy textures...” - Records International

“... a wealth of ingenuity, imagination and invention [and] adept instrumentation ...” - Music Web International

“Tasty and tasteful stuff ... this ... is a gasser for any fan of instrumental music ...” - Midwestrecord 

The 20 piece Kingston Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Armoré (coming from Vienna, Austria just for this concert) will perform the following compositions by John Robertson:


* Communications and Electronic March

* Hinemoa and Tutanekai (flute and strings)

* Serenade for strings (3 movements)

* Autumn Ramble

* Meditation: In Flanders Fields (narrator, trumpet, and strings)

* Serenade in G (5 movements)

In celebration of his 75th birthday, local composer John Robertson has organised a charity concert of his music in conjunction with The Military Communications and Electronic Museum, who will be the recipient of the proceeds of the endeavour, to be held at the Isabel on Saturday, 27th October 2018. An orchestra of 20 players has been assembled to be conducted by Maestro Anthony Armoré of Vienna, Austria, who is well acquainted with Robertson’s music having conducted it on many occasions in Europe and led the Janáček Philharmonic (Ostrava, Czech Republic) and Sofia Philharmonic (Bulgaria) orchestras in three CDs of this composer’s works. Maestro Armoré has conducted symphony and opera orchestras in Austria, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Germany, and China, and many other countries, and is the founder of the biennial Blue Danube Opera Conductors Competition, last held in Rusé, Bulgaria, in 2017 where Robertson’s opera “Orpheus” was included as one of the test pieces.

John Robertson was born and educated in New Zealand, coming to Canada in 1967 where he continued his education at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto while pursuing a career in the insurance business. After having scored a win in the Nepean Symphony’s composers’ competition in 1987 he has had his music heard in many countries including Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. His output is varied including the opera mentioned above and three symphonies, all of which have now been recorded commercially. His recent CD, released August 2017, was titled “Vallarta Suite” and included his 2nd Symphony. This issue has had very good reviews with such terms as “a significant compositional voice” and “irresistibly beautiful Romantic music” being used. His newest CD, released July 2018, is titled “Symphony No. 1” and another CD is in postproduction with a Spring 2019 release date envisioned. Robertson has lived in Kingston for over eleven years.

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Proceeds will go to The Military Communications and Electronic Museum.

For more Information about the Communications & Electronics Museum or about John Robertson’s Charity Concert event, please contact Karen Young, at or 613 541-4211 with any questions you may have or to contribute to this most worthy cause.


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