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Canadian Piano Sensation Charles Richard-Hamelin Takes the Stage for Concert of Classical Delights

Award-winning Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin makes his debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Chopin Medalist on January 13 & 14 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Making his Canadian debut and leading the Orchestra is conductor Christian Reif. Richard-Hamelin will be performing Mozart’s expansive Piano Concerto No. 20 on a very Classical program that also features Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, the delightful Classical.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performs with KW Glee for a Brand New Concert Collaboration

After a hugely successful first collaboration in January 2015, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes KW Glee back to the Centre In The Square stage on January 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm. Led by conductor and arranger Trevor Wagler, the concert will feature 130 local youth performers who are members of the nationally renowned show choir. These versatile young performers will bring their stellar vocals and energetic choreography to the stage while the Orchestra provides the music for chart-topping pop hits by a variety of artists including Queen, Michael Jackson, Adele, Michael Bublé and more!

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The Snowman Takes Centre Stage for Annual Yuletide Spectacular

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony brings holiday favourites to the stage with this year’s Yuletide Spectacular on December 16 at 8 pm, December 17 at 2:30 and 8 pm, and December 18 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the concert features the charming animated film The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs with the orchestra providing the soundtrack. With over 200 performers on stage, the KWS welcomes soprano Bethany Horst and baritone Michael Lepock, along with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Contemporary School of Dance and the KWS Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the KWS.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Looks Back at “Triumphant” 2015/16 Season at Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was held this evening, November 10, 2016 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to reporting on the financial results of the 2015/16 season, the KWS reflected on the artistic highlights of the season and the positive effect of recent organizational changes.

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Young Canadian Musicians Take Centre Stage for Concert of French and Canadian Jewels

Two young stars make their debuts with the KWS for Debuts and Bijoux on November 25 & 26 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square.  Leading the Orchestra is the young and accomplished Andrei Feher, who is fast becoming a star in the conducting world. Joining him onstage is 16 year old pianist Anastasia Rizikov, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Also featured is Ravel’s beloved Mother Goose, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Rabaud’s La procession nocturne and Champagne’s Mouvement Symphonique No. 1.

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KWS Youth Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years with Alumni Concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, and will mark the occasion November 26 at 2 pm at Centre In The Square with a special concert featuring alumni from the last 50 years. During the summer of 2016 a call went out to alumni to invite them to celebrate this milestone by participating in the concert. The program includes Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé and Montagues and Capulets from the Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Chopin's Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante. Approximately 40 alumni will perform alongside members of the current Youth Orchestra ensemble for Montagues and Capulets.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Pays Tribute to Nat King Cole for an Unforgettable Evening!

Canadian vocalist Denzal Sinclaire joins the KWS for the Nat King Cole Songbook on November 4 at 8 pm and November 5 at 2:30 and 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the Orchestra will play some of Nat King Cole’s most memorable music, including Unforgettable, Route 66 and L-O-V-E.

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Edwin Outwater Concludes 10 Year Journey Through Beethoven’s Symphonies

KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater concludes a 10 year long journey through all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies with Edwin’s Final Beethovenon October 28 & 29 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square.  The concert, which features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, also includes Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, highlighting the talents of KWS Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière, and Liszt’s familiar and lively Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.   

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Baroque & Beyond Begins With Two Exceptional Programs

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2016/17 Baroque & Beyond Series in October with Haydn & Ravel in Waterloo on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 pm at First United Church.  Then, in November, the KWS presents a Czech focused program with An Evening in Prague on Wednesday, November 9 at 8 pm at First United Church.  Both concerts will also be presented in Guelph and Cambridge.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Opens The 2016/17 Family and Kinderconcerts Series in October

The KWS 2016/17 Family Series begins in October with Rhythm Rocks! on October 1 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, this concert explores how rhythm makes music groove, with tunes from the Renaissance all the way to Rock and Roll. This fun-filled interactive concert will feature the music of Rameau, Gershwin, the Rolling Stones and more!  

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Pianist Natasha Paremski Returns to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to Open the 2016/17 Signature Series

Music Director Edwin Outwater welcomes back internationally renowned pianist and KWS favourite Natasha Paremski to the Centre In The Square for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on September 30 and October 1 at 8 pm. This concert opens the Signature Series and also features Tchaikovsky’s fateful Symphony No. 4 and Mason Bates’ visceral Mothership.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony goes Behind the Scenes of the Figure Skating world with Canadian Superstar Kurt Browning. 

Guest Conductor Lucas Waldin opens the 2016/17 Pops Series with Canadian skating superstar Kurt Browning as host for a program of the music from skating’s most memorable routines on September 23 & 24 at 8 pm  at Centre In The Square. Also featuring the vocal talents of Geoffrey Tyler, this concert will include projected footage and images from unforgettable skating routines, with music from Phantom of the Opera, Casablanca and Singin’ in the Rain, along with popular classics such as Bizet’s Carmen and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces Edwin Outwater’s 10th and Final Season

This evening, February 10, 2016, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced the 2016/17 Season at the annual Season Launch Event held at the Conrad Centre for Performing Arts. Hosted by KWS Executive Director Andrew Bennett, the 2016/17 Season marks current Music Director Edwin Outwater’s 10th and final season. A celebration of Outwater’s work over the past decade, he has programmed music that is significant not only to him personally, but will stretch the orchestra artistically.

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