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Petrushka Finale

KWS favourite Karen Gomyo returns for the final concert of the season, playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major!

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Superheroes!

The KWS welcomes back guest conductor John Morris Russell for a heroic program with music from The Avengers, Batman, and more!

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Glorious Gran Partita

KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell leads a program curated by KWS' own 1st Violin Allene Chomyn!

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Billy the Kid and West Side Story

Learn more about this exciting program including some of the best-known American music and a new Canadian work by Robert Rival!

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Ray Charles - A Tribute

The KWS pays tribute to one of the greatest musical legends of all time, Ray Charles. From Georgia on my Mind to Your Song and Hit the Road Jack the KWS brings some of his best to the stage!

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Musical Anniversaries

KWS Principal Oboe James Mason has put together a program of anniversaries featuring frequent Baroque and Beyond collaborator Joseph Lanza and violinist Julie Baumgartel.

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Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba joins the KWS for the final Intersections Series concert of the season!

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Arrival from Sweden

Experience one of the world’s most popular ABBA tribute bands, Arrival from Sweden, live on stage with your KWS!

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Brahms the Progressive, Schoenberg the Romantic

Explore the surprising links between these two great composers in a special concert presented by Edwin Outwater and Jon Kimura Parker. 

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Tiempo Libre

Three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre and the KWS come together to heat up the stage with a joyous dance-inducing symphonic celebration of Cuban music. 

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Watch Tiempo Libre on Dancing with the Stars

Paris Festival

Explore both the elegant and bohemian music of Paris in the evening concerts and the intimate side on Sunday afternoon.

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Read the Program Notes - Sunday Performance

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Quartetto Gelato

Quartetto Gelato returns to the KWS with their virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy pieces, multi-instrumental mastery and a World Accordion Champion.

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Read the Waterloo Region Record Article

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Zhang Play Rachmaninoff

Van Cliburn Gold Medal winner Haochen Zhang makes his KWS debut playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody, which features one of the most famous romantic melodies ever written. British conductor Courtney Lewis rounds out the program with Tchaikovsky's dramtic masterpiece Romeo and Juliet.

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Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 contains some of his most famous melodies, and sets the standard for orchestral drama.

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Mozart - Pianist and Conductor

Conductor David Greilsammer leads a program featuring two of Mozart’s greatest concertos – led from the piano as Mozart would have done
himself!

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Barely Beyond Baroque

Canadian Conductor Eric Paetkau leads the KWS in a fascinating program curated by principal bass Ian Whitman that explores the era of some of the greatest Baroque composers.

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Anton Kuerti Returns!

World-renowned pianist Anton Kuerti joins Edwin Outwater and the KWS for an exciting program featuring Beethoven, Vaughn Williams and a new work by Canadian composer Scott Good!

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Natalie MacMaster

Cape Breton native and international fiddle superstar Natalie MacMaster joins the KWS for a high energy celebration of Canadian Celtic music!

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2013/14 Season Highlights

Evan Mitchell gives a sneak peek into some of the pieces featured in our 2013/14 Season - from Tchaikovsky to Natalie MacMaster and Pixar, there is something for everyone!

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