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John McDermott brings Celtic Flair to the KWS

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) welcomes tenor John McDermott to the stage at Centre In The Square for a program of Celtic favourites on March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, this concert will feature some of McDermott’s most beloved hits, including Danny Boy, My Bonnie and How Deep the Father’s Love.

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The KWS is ‘going to Scarborough Fair’ with the Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel  

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle for Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel on February 27 & 28 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski, this concert explores the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel with orchestral interpretations of the artists’ greatest hits.

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Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Release the Details of a
Sensational 70th Anniversary Season

Today, February 12, 2015, Music Director Edwin Outwater and Executive Director Andrew Bennett announced the 2015/16 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Season Launch event held at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.  The 2015/16 Season celebrates 70 years of the KWS and showcases the talents of the orchestra and its history with concerts that feature both orchestra members and long-standing partnerships.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Appoints Director of Development

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kim Shippey as Director of Development and Donor Relations. She will begin her duties on Monday, February 9, 2015 taking over for Chris Sharpe who has been functioning as Interim Director of Development since October 2013.  Sharpe will return to his former position as Director of Education and Community Programs, as well as to the Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Annual Fundraising Gala

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony celebrates this year’s gala with the highly-anticipated Canadian premiere of the classic film version of Singin in the Rainon Saturday March 28, 2015. The classic film will be projected onto the big screen at Centre In The Square, with the vocals and dialogue intact, while the KWS provides the soundtrack to the 1952 classic starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. 

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Striking and Dynamic Pianist Natasha Paremski takes the Stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Dynamic pianist Natasha Paremski joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for an evening of immortal music with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto & Symphonic Dances on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 15 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the concert features two of Rachmaninoff’s most famous works. Paremski will take the stage for the rhythmic tour-de-force that is the famous Piano Concerto No. 2, and audiences will be treated to the haunting melodies of the Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff’s final major work. The program also introduces Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri to KWS audiences with Alba.

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The KWS Journeys to China for an International Intersections Collaboration

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) welcomes celebrated Chinese pipa virtuoso Lan Weiwei to the Intersections Series for Friendship: A Journey to China on February 6 & 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Kitchener. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, this program takes listeners on a musical voyage to China for a program including traditional Chinese music along with new works combining Chinese and Western sounds from the winners of a special composition competition organized in cooperation with the University of Toronto and the SiChuan Conservatory of Music.

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The KWS Gets Comedic with Edwin’s Orchestra Follies

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony explores the comedic side of classical music with Edwin’s Orchestra Follies on January 30 at 8 pm and January 31 at 2:30 & 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Music Director Edwin Outwater, this concert features countertenor David Baron and the KWS Youth Orchestra side-by-side with the orchestra. With light-hearted works by PDQ Bach, Rossini, Mozart, Haydn and more; it will be an evening that demonstrates the wacky side of the KWS!

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Shakespeare and Music Meet for KWS’ First Signature Series Concert of 2015

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony brings the talents of vocalists, actors and choirs to the stage for a concert that combines the genius of Shakespeare with musical masterpieces in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the concert includes Mendelssohn’s complete incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and features countertenor Scott Belluz, soprano Carla Huhtanen, actors Mervon Mehta and Brigit Wilson, the Grand Philharmonic Choir Female Chorus and Grand Philharmonic Children’s Chorus.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performs with KW Glee for Unprecedented Collaboration

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes local group KW Glee to the stage for a program of hits on January 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by guest conductor Trevor Wagler, the concert will feature the outstanding show choir KW Glee which performs throughout Southern Ontario. This is the first collaboration of its kind in North America, with a show choir teaming up with a professional orchestra. These versatile young performers will provide the vocals while the orchestra provides the music for pop hits by Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Adele, The Beatles, and more!  

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KWS invites over 200 performers onstage for Yuletide Spectacular!

KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leads the Orchestra for the annual holiday concert Yuletide Spectacular on December 19 at 8 pm, December 20 at 2:30 and 8 pm, and December 21 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Featuring holiday favourites, this concert includes many special guests: tenor Brian Duyn of the Waterloo Region Police, Grand Philharmonic Choir and Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir and the Carousel Dance Company. In addition, the KWS Youth Orchestra will perform side-by-side with the KWS.    

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KWS Invites Audiences to a Swinging Salute to the Rat Pack

The multi-talented Matt Catingub returns to lead the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and lend his vocal, piano and saxophone talents for a Salute to the Rat Pack, on November 29 & 30 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Featuring drummer Steve Moretti and vocalist Anita Hall, audiences will be transported back to the golden age of music with selections from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony celebrates American composers with works by Copland and Barber

Violinist Tai Murray returns to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) to perform Barber’s Violin Concerto in a concert of celebrated American composers with Appalachian Spring on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the concert features sweeping musical landscapes including Aaron Copland’s Our Town and Appalachian Spring, as well as awork by rising young composer Riho Esko Maimets.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces Award-Winning Canadian Concertmaster

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is delighted to announce Bénédicte Lauzière as the new concertmaster. The recent winner of the Prix d’Europe was hired after an extensive search that attracted over 50 applicants.   

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The KWS Reflects on Achievements and Challenges at 2014 Annual General Meeting

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) held their Annual General Meeting this evening, November 6, 2014 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The KWS reported on the results of the 2013/14 Season, and introduced Executive Director Andrew Bennett to members and attendees.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony explores the world of novelist Patrick O’Brian in
Baroque Series concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the 2014/15 Baroque & Beyond Series in Waterloo with The World of Patrick O’Brian on November 12 at 8 pm at First United Church in Waterloo. The program, led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and featuring KWS cellist Tony Christie and violinist Jerzy Kaplanek from the Penderecki String Quartet includes works by Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Corelli and more, which are all unified through the novels of Patrick O’Brian.

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The KWS and Words Worth Books bring together art forms for Intersections
with Miriam Toews and Wayne Grady

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) welcomes celebrated Canadian authors Miriam Toews and Wayne Grady to the Intersections Series for Writers on Music on Nov 21 & 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Kitchener. A collaboration with Waterloo’s Words Worth Books and led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, this concert will include a reading of excerpts from each award-winning author’s novelsaccompanied by musical selections to complement the work.

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The Barra MacNeils take the stage with the KWS for high-spirited concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes the Barra MacNeils to the Pops Series on October 24 & 25 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the concert is steeped in Cape Breton tradition featuring tight harmonies and precise step-dancing.

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The KWS shares the stage with Canadian Icon Randy Bachman

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will perform with Canadian icon Randy Bachman this fall for Randy Bachman’s Symphonic Overdrive on Oct 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Centre In The Square in Kitchener. Part of Bachman’s first-ever orchestra tour, the KWS will be led by guest conductor Charles Cozens through a program featuring a catalogue of hits like Let it Ride, American Woman and Takin’ Care of Business.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes Pianist Todd Yaniw back
to KW for Grieg’s Romantic Masterpiece

Pianist Todd Yaniw joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) to perform Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto in A minor with Todd Yaniw Plays Grieg on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by guest conductor Tito Muñoz, the concert also features Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony and Canadian composer Abigail Richardson’s evocative Eris.    

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony goes from First A-Z for Baroque & Beyond of the Season

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2014/15 Baroque & Beyond Series in Waterloo with To the Ends of the Alphabet on October 1 at 8 pm at First United Church in Waterloo. The program, led by returning guest conductor Lucas Waldin and featuring KWS Principal Clarinet Ross Edwards, includes works by composers that extend the length of the alphabet – from Bach to Zelenka.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Appoints Andrew Bennett as Executive Director

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Andrew Bennett to the position of Executive Director beginning in November 2014. Bennett was appointed after the completion of a search that began when former Executive Director Genevieve Twomey resigned from her position in the fall of 2013.  

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Combines Contortionists and Concertos for
First Pops Concert of the 2014/15 Season

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2014/15 Pops Series with a union of innovative mechanics, acrobatics and classical music favourites with Cirque Mechanics on September 26 at 8 pm and September 27 at 2:30 & 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the program will feature stunning acrobatic performances to classical favourites from Ravel, Mozart, Vivaldi and more!

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Audiences Test Drive the Symphony at the 2014/15 Preview Event!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony invites audiences to a special Season Preview event on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener. Led by KWS’ new Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and host Glenn Pelletier from 570 News, audience members will get a taste of the Symphony’s upcoming 2014/15 Season. Sponsored by Crosby Audi, the programme will include selections from Bach to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Star Wars!

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2014/15 KWS Season opens with Dynamic, Genre-defying Trio, Time for Three

Time for Three takes the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) to open the thrilling 2014/15 Season with Time for Three and Encores on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program will feature the energetic and dynamic trio, a selection of Outwater’s favourite encores and a work by Canadian composer John Estacio. Audiences will also be introduced to the new Assistant Conductor, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, who will make his KWS debut conducting a piece by Mikhail Glinka.   

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Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser named KWS Assistant Conductor

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser to the position of Assistant Conductor beginning in August 2014. Daniel is a conductor and performer who currently lives and works out of Calgary and Thunder Bay, and has been the Conductor in Residence of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2011.

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Rare Double World Premiere in Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo

On May 2 and 3, 2014, in a rare double world premiere, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony simultaneously perform a major new work by Canadian composer Robert Rival: Delights & Discords for chorus and wind ensemble. The orchestras will be led by their respective Music Directors, William Eddins in Edmonton and Edwin Outwater in Kitchener-Waterloo, and joined by the Richard Eaton Singers under Leonard Ratzlaff (Edmonton) and the Grand Philharmonic Choir under Mark Vuorinen (Kitchener-Waterloo).

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Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Announce Extension of Music Director Edwin Outwater’s Contract to 2017

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce the extension of Music Director Edwin Outwater’s contract to the end of the 2016/17 Season, bringing his tenure to a total of 10 years with the KWS. Outwater began his post as Music Director of the KWS in 2007 and has since revitalized the orchestra and gained international attention for his brilliant performances and innovative projects. Now in his seventh season, Outwater is equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives.

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Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Unveil a Thrilling 2014/15 Season

Today, February 13, 2014, Music Director Edwin Outwater unveiled the 2014/15 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS).  The upcoming season, sponsored by Sun Life Financial, invites audiences of all ages into a magical world of sound and inspiration full of unforgettable concert experiences. From circus acrobats to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Randy Bachman – it’s music, and more!

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Economical Insurance sponsors KWS 2014/15 and 2015/16 Signature Series

Economical Insurance and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony (KWS) are pleased to announce the renewal of Economical’s sponsorship of the KWS Signature Series for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 Seasons. Since 2010, Economical has provided $50,000 annually as the title sponsor of the KWS Signature Series. This sponsorship renewal brings Economical’s total financial support for the KWS to more than $475,000 since 2001.

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