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Notes from Edwin Outwater, KWS Music Director

Edwin writes about the details that go into the concerts of the Signature Series.

 

 
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For this concert, we welcome Tito Muñoz to join us. Below, he shares some of his thoughts about this special concert.

- Edwin Outwater

I am thrilled to return to KW with this wonderful program featuring two up-and-coming Canadian artists. The opening work, "Eris," was written by Abigail Richardson-Schulte who was born in England but grew up in Calgary. She based her work on the recently discovered planetoid, which is named after the Greek mythological goddess of chaos, discord and strife. The music narrates her story of jealousy and revenge which leads to the Trojan War. It will be my first time performing Abigail's music, so I am very much looking forward to it.

Also on the program is Grieg's Piano Concerto with Edmonton-native Todd Yaniw. Todd is gaining a lot of recongition in the music world through the many awards and competitions he has won and the numerous performances he is giving all around Canada and all over the world. We are very happy to be presenting him on this concert and I look forward to meeting him and getting to know his artistry.

Lastly, we will feature Schumann's First Symphony, titled "Spring Symphony." It was Schumann's very first symphonic work which he wrote in only one month! At the time, he was only known for his piano and vocal works, but his wife Clara encouraged him to write orchestral music. This is one of my favorite pieces to perform. It has so much magic and life, and it manages to be very lyrical and rhythmic at the same time, and this is the characteristic about some of Schumann's music that I love very much. He also recalls his piano piece "Kreisleriana" by using some of its material in the final movement of the Symphony.

- Tito Muñoz, guest conductor

 

Time for Three and Encores!

August 2014: I am completely thrilled to welcome Time for Three to our opening concert of our Signature Season.  They first joined the KWS on our Intersections series and created a sensation.  Since then, they've played with major orchestras all over the world and created a genre of music all their own.  Nick, Zach, and Ranan are a "classical music garage band," and bring a kind of exuberance, freedom and spirit to their performances that I've always yearned for in classical music concerts.  They back up their showmanship with impeccable musicianship at the highest level.  For our concert, they'll be playing a classical "mashup" of Grieg's "Holberg" Suite and lots of unexpected and wonderful melodies.  I really think these guys are part of the future of classical music, and if you haven't seen them in KW yet, you won't want to miss them.

As a bonus, check out the video to the right of Time for Three playing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," in my KW loft during their first visit here.  This video has been viewed almost 12,000 times! You can also see it on Youtube

I always like to begin the season on a lighter, festive note, and this season is no exception.  We'll be playing a collection of some of my favorite encores.  From John Estacio's Bootlegger's Tarantella to Fauré's famous Pavane, the second part of the concert will be full music that is, in a word, delightful.  

Joining me on this concert is our new assistant conductor, Daniel Bartholomew-Pyosner, who impressed all of us this spring in a very comprehensive and competitive audition.  He brings great skill, enthusiasm, and teaching experience to us, and we'll be thrilled to welcome him to the KWS family.  He'll be conducting Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture.

Hope you can take some time to join us for our opening concert!  See you there!  

- Edwin Outwater