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Welcome to the Insights Podcast Page!

Below you will find all of the Insights Podcasts, featuring the KWS' own Assistant Conductor, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser.



2011/12 Season

KWS Press Kit

The Dress Rehearsal

Recent Press


2015/16 Season Overview

Daniel takes us through the highlights of the 2015/16 Season!

Beethoven's Eroica

Daniel introduces this week's program, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Tubin's bass concerto, which will be performed by the KWS' own Ian Whitman on the Karr-Koussevitsky bass!
Due to an injury sustained in a recent cycling accident, Teddy Abrams is unfortunately unable to conduct this weekend. We are grateful that conductor Carlos Izcaray is able to join us on short notice. This podcast was recorded prior to the change.

Mendelssohn's Library

Hear about this surprising concert featuring special guest Aisslinn Nosky and the work of Mendelssohn, for a program curated by KWS violinist Allene Chomyn.

Final Frontier: From Star Trek to Star Wars and Beyond!

Daniel introduces this weekend's concert, with space themed music and special guests John Morris Russell and members of the 501st Legion.

The KWS goes on Tour!

Hear about this week's tour to the National Arts Centre, including the very innovative Quantum Symphony developed with UW's Institute for Quantum Computing.

Edwin's Guide to Stravinsky

Find out who influenced Stravinsky and how his work was distinct in this week's podcast.

Visual Music

Tess Girard joins the KWS for the last Intersections concert of 2014/15 - find out more in this week's podcast!

The Mozart Phenomenon and Singin' in the Rain!

Get a taste of what you'll hear on both concerts this weekend, with a Mozart program and a film masterpiece.

John McDermott

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser introduces John McDermott, special guest of this week's concert!

Baroque & Beyond: Before They Were Famous

Hear about what's on this week's program featuring early music from some of the most famous composers!

Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel and Youth Orchestra Program

The KWS is 'going to Scarborough Fair' for the Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto and Symphonic Dances

Get a taste of Russia with this week's concert featuring Natasha Paremski!

Intersections - Friendship: A Journey to China

Learn about the Pipa instrument and get a sneak peek of what you will hear this weekend!

Edwin's Orchestra Follies

Explore the comedic side of classical music with works by Leroy Anderson, PDQ Bach and more!

A Midsummer Night's Dream and Wonderful Woodwinds

Delve into the world of Shakespeare and musical masterpieces for A Midsummer Night's Dream, and hear about what's up next for the family series!

Ballet Jörgen's The Nutcracker

Get a taste of what you'll hear at this year's Nutcracker presentation, including live accompaniment by the KWS!

Yuletide Spectacular!

Hear more about this year's edition of Waterloo Region's favourite holiday tradition!

Youth Orchestra Program

Daniel describes the two concerts coming up this weekend at the CCPA, featuring the five ensembles that make up the Youth Orchestra Program.

Appalachian Spring & Salute to the Rat Pack

Hear more about Tai Murray, Matt Catingub and both concerts on the Appalachian Spring/Rat Pack weekend!

Writers on Music

Get a taste of the program and authors featured on the first Intersections Series concert of 2014/15!

The World of Patrick O'Brian

Learn more about this program inspired by the Master and Commander series of books - including Mozart, Corelli, JS Bach and more!

Outreach Concerts

Hear all about our outreach week concerts - including Mozart, Holst and more!

The Barra MacNeils

Get a taste of what you will hear at this week's concerts, a true celebration of Celtic music from one of Canada’s best-loved Cape Breton bands, together with the KWS!

Todd Yaniw Plays Grieg

Daniel introduces guests Todd Yaniw and Tito Muñoz, and discusses the history of Grieg's piano concerto, Schumann's Spring Symphony and Abigail Richardson's Eris.

To The Ends of the Alphabet

Baroque & Beyond runs from A-Z for this program, curated by KWS' own David Wadley.

Cirque Mechanics

Hear a bit more about Cirque Mechanics - at the KWS for the first time ever, and hear more about the wonderful musical selections!

Time for Three and Encores!

Get a taste of the exciting programs we have for you as we begin our 2014/15 Season with a dynamic trio and some amazing encores!