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Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, together with percussionist Aiyun Huang, soprano Deantha Edmunds, and violinist and conductor Mark Fewer present a new album titled Alikeness. An album inspired by the human capacity to learn, adapt and collaborate. This album encourages listeners to find their own "alikenesses" within the music while fostering a deeper connection with one another. Violinist and conductor, Mark Fewer has been interpreting music in virtually every genre and setting for over three decades, premiering over 200 works, including more than 50 written for him. His unique discography features multiple JUNO and Grammy-winning recordings and an Opus Prize for a Serge Arcuri tribute. He has served as Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony, Artist-in-Residence at Stanford, William Dawson Scholar at McGill, and is currently Head of Strings at the University of Toronto. After 16 years as the founding artistic director of the SweetWater Music Festival, he is now in his sixth season and the Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music.? Deantha Edmunds, Canada's first Inuk professional classical singer, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2023 for her work empowering Indigenous people and sharing their stories. Her performances, writing, and compositions have earned national and international acclaim. Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Aiyun Huang holds a DMA from UC San Diego and is the Head of Percussion at the University of Toronto, directing it's Percussion Ensemble. She gained international recognition by winning First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2002 Geneva International Music Competition. The NSO Sinfonia, based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, was founded by Peter Gardner. It features core string players from the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. The album opens with the world premiere of Deantha Edmunds' Angmalukisaa ("round" in Inuktut), a personal composition about human connections. Next is episodes by Serge Arcuri, written for the Montreal Baroque Orchestra in 1998, blending the baroque "concerto grosso" form with modern elements. Followed by Matt Brubeck's The Simple Life, newly arranged for strings. The third movement "C" from B-A-C-H by Robert Carli, after J.S. Bach's surname, was composed in 2013 for the Sweetwater Music Festival. The album concludes with Alikeness, Yoshiaki Onishi's arrangement of an eight-movement suite by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. The suite was originally composed in 2015 for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Aiyun Huang.