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Know Before You Go

On this page you will find all of the available Program Notes
for the Signature Series this Season.

Petrushka Finale

Read more about this exciting concert and violinist Karen Gomyo.

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Billy the Kid and West Side Story

Find out more about this American music spectacular!

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Brahms the Progressive, Schoenberg the Romantic

Read about Brahms' influence on Schoenberg.

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Paris Festival

Read about Parisian composers.

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Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff

Read about Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Oesterle.

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Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Read about how 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

Read about our guest conductor David Greilsammer and this extraordinary all-Mozart programme featuring two of the composer's piano concertos led from the piano!

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Anton Kuerti Returns!

Read about our guest artist, the legendary pianist Anton Kuerti and learn about what's on the program - including Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and a brand new work by Canadian Composer Scott Good!

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Finale Fantastique

Read more about our guest artist Alexander Seredenko and learn about what's on the program - including Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2!

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Viennese Delights

Read more about our guest conductor James Judd, featured soloists Anita Walsh and Ross Edwards, and gain insight into the programme!

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Organ Superstar

Read about our incredible guest soloist Cameron Carpenter and the work featured on this exciting program!

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The Tchaikovsky Festival

Two great programs, two oustanding soloists - learn more about them here!

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Sublime Beethoven

Learn about this sublime program, which features Beethoven's 6th Symphony and Violin Concerto in D major.

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Edwin & Gustav: An Invitation

Learn about this fantastic program, which features Mahler's 5th Symphony and Schubert's Entr'acte No. 3 from Rosamunde. There is also a special note from Edwin Outwater!

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Lefèvre's Romantic Discovery

Read more about this incredible programme, with guest conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, pianist Alain Lefèvre, and a rarely-played work by French Canadian composer, André Mathieu.

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Ode to Joy, Ode to Kitchener

Learn more about the KWS' opening concert which ties together the centennial of the City of Kitchener with one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

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Beethoven's 7 & Triple

Learn more about the KWS' final signature series concert of the 2011/12 Season, featuring two works by Beethoven, and Perennials by Montreal composer Michael Osterle.

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Mozart Festival: My Favourite Mozart and Mozart's World

Check out the notes from both programs of this year's Mozart Festival - including some fun facts that you may not know about Mozart!

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Kuerti Conducts the Emperor

See the program and learn more about our incredible guests and the pieces being played at this unforgettable concert!

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Spanish Origins: Boléro and Rodrigo

Learn more about this incredible concert featuring Ravel's Boléro and Rodrigo's world famous Concierto de Aranjuez.

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Musical Fireworks: Prokofiev 5 and Brahms' Concerto for Violin

Read the program notes to learn more about this magnificent concert, the amazing soloist and visionary composers.

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Russian Fire

See the program, and learn more about all four great Russian composers - Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky!

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The Magic of Hugh Russell

See the program, learn more about Hugh Russell, Mahler, Mozart, Brahms and see a translation of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), which will be sung by Hugh Russell!

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The Virtuoso Piano

See the program, read more about Andre Laplante, and learn about the work of Wagner, Liszt and Kodaly, whose pieces are included in this performance.

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