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Insights with Evan Mitchell

Welcome to the Insights Podcast Page!

Below you will find all of the Insights Podcasts for the 2013/14 Season, written and produced by KWS' own Assistant Conductor, Evan Mitchell.

The Insights podcasts are designed to give you a bit more information, some fun facts and ultimately a better understanding of the fantastic music being performed by the KWS this Season! If you would like to learn more, please visit Know Before You Go, and if you have a question or an idea for an upcoming podcast, please send us an email.


Petrushka Finale

Join Evan as he describes phenomenal final program of the 2013/14 Season, led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater and featuring violinist Karen Gomyo!


Evan takes you through this heroic program, including music from The Avengers, Batman, and more!

Glorious Gran Partita

Hear about the last wonderful concert of the 2013/14 Baroque & Beyond Series - featuring works by Mozart, Haydn and Gabrieli!

Billy the Kid and West Side Story

Hear about this wonderful program and get a sneak peek that will take you from the Wild West to the streets of New York!

Ray Charles - A Tribute

Evan gives a sneak peek into this week's tribute to the legendary Ray Charles.


Hear about the wonderful Baroque & Beyond Series with the third concert of the 2013/14 season, curated by James Mason, principal oboe, featuring CPE Bach, Richard Strauss and more!

Alex Cuba

Evan talks about the final Intersections concert of the season featuring singer/songwriter Alex Cuba.

Arrival from Sweden and Musical Sensations

Hear about our two great concerts this week - Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA, and Musical Sensations!

Brahms the Progressive, Schoenberg the Romantic

Listen to Evan speak about the multimedia and talk components of this weekend's performances.


Hear about this week's concert - Pixar in Concert!

Tiempo Libre and Youth Orchestra

Learn about the sizzing hot Cuban group - Tiempo Libre. Evan also introduces this week's Youth Orchestra concert.

Paris Festival!

Evan Mitchelll will intrduce you the the three sides of Parisia music in this week`s podcast.

Sound in Motion: Music and the Body

Listen to Evan talks about the Music and the Body concert and how it explores the connections between music, motion, and well-being.

Quartetto Gelato

Evan talks about the amazing and entertaining Quartetto Gelato and the Italianissimo concert with the KWS.

Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff & Peter and the Wolf

Discover Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet as well as information about our second family Concert Peter and the Wolf.

Yuletide Spectacular

Lean about this week's Yuletide Spectacular Concert from Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell who will be condcting this year`s holiday concert.

Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Evan introduces this week's concert Tchaikovsky's Pathétique and Britten's Serenade fro Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Intersections Encore

Listen to Evan speak about return hits on the Intersections Series the music of Dan Deacon and music based on RUSH.

John Williams and Spielberg

Evan introduces this week's concerts featuring the music of John Williams in Steven Spielberg films.

Mozart - Pianist and Conductor

Listen to Evan introduce this week's exciting program featuring guet conductor and pianist David Greilsammer!

Barely Beyond Baroque

Evan introduces this fascinating programme curated by KWS principal bass Ian Whitman.

Anton Kuerti Returns!

Hear about this exciting programme featuring one of the world's best Beethoven interpreters!

Natalie MacMaster

Evan Mitchell gives a sneak peek into this energetic concert featuring Natalie MacMaster!

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!

Symphonie Fantastique!

Evan Mitchell introduces Berlioz's bewitching Symphonie Fantastique, on a program with the amazing Alexander Seredenko playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. You won't want to miss it!

TAP! Sensational Dance!

Evan Mitchell introduces this wonderful program, featuring guest conductor John Morris Russell, tap dancer Max Pollak, step-dancer Sarajayne Sweetland and local dance groups.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Hear about this very special concert with KWS' own Evan Mitchell.

Baroque & Beyond: Q & A

Evan Mitchell introduces this intriguing program!

Viennese Delights and The Harmony Factory

Join KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell as he gives you a glimpse into this enchanting program.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Find out more about this breathtaking programme!

Brothers Creeggan & Youth Orchestra

Hear about our final Intersections concert of the Season and our final Youth Orchestra Program Concert!

Organ Superstar

Find out more about Cameron Carpenter and this exciting programme!

Pierre Schryer

Find out what's happening on this celtic-inspired programme!

Disney-in-Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

Get a sneak peek of this week's concert, featuring music from Disney!

The Tchaikovsky Festival

Listen to this week's Insights for an introduction to the work of Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky.

Bollywood & Beyond

This week's edition of Insights gives a sneak peek into Bollywood & Beyond, the second Intersections Series concert of 2012/13!

An All-Gershwin Evening & Youth Orchestra

This week's edition of Insights explores the music of Gershwin and introduces the second Youth Orchestra Concert of the Season!

Sublime Beethoven & Drums, Drums, Drums!

Listen to the latest podcast from the KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, which discusses the program featuring two works by Beethoven and Missy Mazzoli's Violent Violent Sea, as well as the upcoming Family Concert, Drums, Drums, Drums!

Yuletide Spectacular & Barenaked Ladies

This week's podcast will give you a sneak peek into this year's Yuletide Spectacular and the special concert, Barenaked Ladies: Greatest Hits and Holiday Songs.

Edwin & Gustav: An Invitation

Join KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell for a tour of Mahler's 5th Symphony in this week's edition of Insights!

Haydn's Wife?

Learn more about the upcoming Baroque & Beyond concert, featuring works by Handel and Boccherini.

Sci-Fi Fantasy: An Evening of Blockbusters

Learn more about the next Pops concert, conducted by Grammy award-winner Victor Vanacore.

Lefèvre's Romantic Discovery

Evan takes you through the incredible concert programme conducted by guest conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay and includes a wonderful work for piano from a French Canadian composer, André Mathieu played by pianist Alain Lefèvre.

Intersections, School Concerts, and the Grand Phil

Learn more about what's happening this week at the KWS!

Take a Bow

Learn about Telemann, Mendelssohn ,Vaughn Williams and Britten in this week's edition of Insights.

Last Night at the Proms and Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science

Learn more about our two fantastic concerts this week, Last Night at the Proms and Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science.

Ode to Joy, Ode to Kitchener

Learn more about this incredible program with KWS' very own Evan Mitchell!

2012/13 Season Highlights

This very special edition of Insights takes you through the KWS 2012/13 Season!

Beethoven Triple & 7

This edition of Insights celebrates the grand finale concert of the 2011/12 Season. Learn more about the works and composers featured on this spectacular program!

Mozart Festival

Hear some of the pieces featured in the KWS Mozart Festival and learn more about Mozart!

Kuerti Conducts the Emperor

This edition of Insights will introduce you to the upcoming concert, Kuerti Conducts the Emperor, which includes Gary Kulesha's Torque, and features Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5, known as Emperor.

Spanish Origins: Boléro and Rodrigo

Learn about the incredible repertoire included in the KWS' fifth Signature concert, including two pieces by Ravel, the world premiere of a new commission by Nico Muhly and Rodrigo's world-famous Concierto de Aranjuez.

Musical Fireworks: Prokofiev 5 and Brahms' Concerto for Violin

Get a taste of this magnificent concert and get Evan's take on each piece as he gives details about José Evangelista’s Symphonie minute, Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Prokofiev's 5th Symphony.

Russian Fire

Listen to snippets of the music you will hear at the Russian Fire concert, and learn more about the intriguing histories behind the compositions of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

The Magic of Hugh Russell

This edition of Insights pays tribute to the repertoire found in the second Signature Series concert, The Magic of Hugh Russell, which features the talent of Hugh Russell and a program of Mozart, Mahler and Brahms.

The Virtuoso Piano

Focused on the first Signature Series Concert - The Virtuoso Piano, learn some background about the program, which includes Wagner's Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Liszt's Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2, and Kodaly's Dances of Galanta.

Edwin & Friends Gala

A Podcast about the spectacular Edwin & Friends Gala concert, where the KWS was joined by Megan Latham, Tai Murray, Ian Parker, and Hugh Russell in a program ranging from Copeland to Barber to Gershwin!

2011/12 Season Highlights

Listen as Evan takes you through the highlights of the Season in this special edition of Insights, including Ravel's Bolero, The Mozart Festival, Canadian Brass, Music of the Beatles and Beethoven's 7th Symphony.