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KWS ends the Season with Masterpieces
from Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

The Kitchener-Waterloo welcomes back violinist Karen Gomyo for the KWS’ last concert of the 2013/14 Season, Petrushka Finale on May 30 & 31 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the concert features Stravinsky’s famous Petrushka, along with Gomyo’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major and Ana Sokolovic’s Ringelspiel.

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The KWS Brings Film Music of Heroes and Villains to the Stage

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back guest conductor John Morris Russell for a concert taken from the sound stages of Hollywood with Superheroes on May 23 & 24 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Joined by soprano Rachel Krehm and tenor Adrian Kramer of Toronto’s Opera 5, as well as Youth Orchestra violinist Ana Lavinia Vlad, this concert brings to life the music of much-loved superhero movies!

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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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Final 2013/14 KWS Baroque & Beyond Concert Showcases Brass, Winds and Strings

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony showcases strings, wind and brass on the Baroque & Beyond Series in Waterloo with Glorious Gran Partita on May 7 at 8 pm at First United Church in UpTown Waterloo. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, the program is curated by KWS 1st Violinist Allene Chomyn and features work by Mozart, Haydn and Gabrieli.

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The KWS showcases American classics and a rare Canadian double world-premiere

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents an American music spectacular and Canadian world-premiere with Billy the Kid and West Side Story on May 2 & 3 at 8 pm and May 4 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square.

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Stars from Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance join the KWS for Ballroom with a Twist!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony puts on its dancing shoes and joins forces with stars from Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance to present Ballroom with a Twist at the Centre In The Square on May 14, 2014 at 7 pm.

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KWS has Georgia on the Mind with a Tribute to Ray Charles

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back audience favourite conductor Matt Catingub for a tribute to one of music’s greatest legends with Ray Charles – A Tribute on April 25 & 26 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Joining the KWS and Catingub onstage are Steve Moretti on drums and local vocalist Joni NehRita.

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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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KWS Celebrates Musical Anniversaries on Baroque & Beyond

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony celebrates musical anniversaries on the Baroque & Beyond Series in Waterloo with Anniversaries on April 9 at 8 pm at First United Church in UpTown Waterloo. Led by Joseph Lanza, the KWS will perform works by CPE Bach, Richard Strauss, Poulenc, Rameau, as well as  Leclair’s Violin Concerto in A minor performed by special guest violinist Julie Baumgartel. This beautiful program is curated by KWS Principal Oboe James Mason.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Explores Latin Music
with Alex Cuba 

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony ends the innovative 2013/14 Intersections Series with Alex Cuba on April 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. This energetic program features Alex Cuba’s unique style with the full Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony orchestra.

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The KWS Feels the Beat of the Tambourine with Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA

With sold-out performances in over 50 countries, Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell on Friday, March 28 at 8 pm and Saturday, March 29 at 2:30 and 8 pm at Centre in the Square. This concert will take audiences back in time to experience one of the world’s best pop groups ever by bringing the music of ABBA to the stage for one of the biggest concerts of the year!

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The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony introduces audiences to Brahms and Schoenberg with pianist Jon Kimura Parker

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony invites you to spend an evening with Brahms and Schoenberg for Brahms the Progressive, Schoenberg the Romantic, on March 21 & 22 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, this concert features Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, as well as a multimedia presentation and musical examples with Outwater and Parker that will introduce the work of both composers.

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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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Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Brings Movie Magic to the Stage with
Pixar in Concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony brings the magic of some of the most beloved films of all time to the stage with Pixar in Concert on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, this multimedia concert features visually stunning clips with music by the KWS – and is sure to delight the whole family!

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The KWS and Tiempo Libre heat up the stage at Centre In The Square

Ever seen a conga line break out during a performance of Bach?  Three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a high-energy concert, led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 8 pm at Centre in the Square.

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Parisian Flair at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Paris Festival

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony takes a tour of Paris with two extraordinary concert programs at the Paris Festival, from February 14-16. The two concerts explore very different sides of the City of Light, from the elegant concert hall to the wild cabaret and intimate salon. Both concerts are led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater

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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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Sound in Motion: Music & Mindfulness at the KWS

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the innovative 2013/14 Intersections Series with Sound in Motion: Music and the Body on February 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. This unique program explores the act of listening with mindfulness educator Meaghan Johnson, oboist Brian Seaton and the KWS, led by Music Director Edwin Outwater.  

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The KWS presents a taste of Italy with Quartetto Gelato

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents Italian Flair with Quartetto Gelato on Friday, January 24 at 8 pm, Saturday, January 25 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, the Pops Series concert features the incomparable Quartetto Gelato, an incredible jazz quartet from Southern Ontario.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony present Drama and Romance
with Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents a dramatic program with Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by Guest Conductor Courtney Lewis, the program features Van Cliburn gold medal winning pianist Haochen Zhang playing Rachmaninoff’s timeless Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini along with works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.

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The KWS gets into the Holiday Spirit with Yuletide Spectacular!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents the popular Yuletide Spectacular on Friday, December 13 at 8 pm, Saturday, December 14 at 2:30 and 8 pm and Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, the concert will feature holiday favourites and special guests: Eleanor McCain, soprano, Brigham Phillips, piano, Mark Kelso, drums, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Classical Dance Conservatory and the Preston Scout House Drum & Bugle Corps.

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The KWS gets swept up in the drama of Britten and Tchaikovsky

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents a dramatic program with Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, this exciting program features tenor Nicholas Phan and KWS Principal Horn Martin Limoges as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique.   

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The KWS Looks Back on a Season to Celebrate at the
Annual General Meeting

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) held their Annual General Meeting today on November 13, 2013 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The KWS reported on the results of the 2012/13 Season and celebrated an extraordinary year of concert performances, innovative collaborations and exciting new partnerships.

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KWS Baroque & Beyond Series Continues with Concerti Grossi

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the Baroque and Beyond Series in Waterloo with Concerti Grossi on Wednesday, November 20 at 8 pm at First United Church. KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater makes his debut Baroque and Beyond appearance, leading an energetic program curated by KWS cellist Nancy Wharton featuring masterpieces by Corelli, Tippett and Bartók.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Celebrates 5-years of Intersections with Some of the Series’ Best Collaborations

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2013/14 Intersections Series with Intersections Encore on November 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the performing arts. This exciting program will feature some of the most memorable collaborations from the series over the last five seasons, including works from Dan Deacon and Nicole Lizée. An additional performance will take place at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on November 9.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Performs Iconic Movie Music
from John Williams and Steven Spielberg

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony brings the music of some of Hollywood’s best-known films to the stage of Centre In The Square on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8 pm and Saturday, November 2 at 2:30 & 8 pm. Led by guest conductor Michael Krajewski, the program features music from the scores of beloved movies like ET, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan – among others!  

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Explores Two Sides of Mozart

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents some of Mozart’s finest on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by Conductor David Greilsammer, the program features two of Mozart’s greatest concertos – led from the piano as Mozart would have done himself.

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Baroque & Beyond Opens with a Celebration of the Era

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the Baroque and Beyond Series in Waterloo with Barely Beyond Baroque on Wednesday, October 9 at 8 pm at First United Church. This fascinating program, conducted by Eric Paetkau and featuring violist Christine Vlajk, examines the extraordinary music of Leopold Mozart, Telemann, Haydn and one of Bach’s sons

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Anton Kuerti, “One of the Greatest Living Pianists” Joins the KWS

Renowned pianist Anton Kuerti returns to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to play some of Beethoven’s best on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday October 6 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program features Kuerti playing Beethoven’s sparkling and elegant Piano Concerto No. 1, along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and a brand new work by Canadian composer Scott Good.

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Celebrate a Beautiful Night with Natalie MacMaster at the KWS Annual Fundraising Gala

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the 2013/14 season on Friday September 27, 2013 with its fundraising gala, A Beautiful Night with Natalie MacMaster. The evening begins with the opening concert at the Centre In The Square at 7 pm. Conducted by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, the KWS will be joined by Cape Breton powerhouse fiddler Natalie MacMaster for a high-energy celebration of Canadian Celtic music.

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KWS Announces Executive Director Departure

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Board Chair, Catherine Copp, has announced the resignation of Executive Director Genevieve Twomey.  Twomey will be leaving the KWS to relocate back to the United States with her family.

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KWS Presents Fantastique Season Finale

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Music Director Edwin Outwater present a bewitching end-of-season concert with Finale Fantastique on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. The evening features Berlioz’ captivating Symphonie Fantastique and special guest pianist Alexander Seredenko performing Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 2.

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The KWS Leaps into Summer with Sensational Dance!

International tap dancer Max Pollak will join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a performance of dance and music on Friday, May 24 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 25 at 2:30 and 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by guest conductor John Morris Russell, the program also features Canadian step dancer Sarajayne Sweetland and dancers from Sam’s Steps Dance Centre, Morée School of Dance, the Cincinnati Studio Cloggers and Kim Green Dance.

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Surprises Abound with Baroque & Beyond

The KWS’ Baroque and Beyond Series promises to surprise audiences in Waterloo with Q & A on Wednesday, May 8 at First United Church. Conductor and host Stephen Sitarski  will guide this intriguing program of American 20th century and Italian Baroque music, which also features KWS’ own James Mason and Larry Larson.  

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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony returns to the KWS

Back by popular demand, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is a spectacular fusion of classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes projected on the big screen accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) performing live. Creator George Daugherty conducts the KWS in this 20th Anniversary concert featuring Carl Stalling and Milt Franklin’s exhilarating original scores on Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Leads Audiences
on a Musical Tour of Vienna

Conductor James Judd returns to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to lead an evening of Viennese music on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4 at 8 pm, with a matinee performance Sunday May 5 at 2:30 pm. Featuring KWS’ own Anita Walsh on violin and Ross Edwards on clarinet, the program includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major and Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat Major.

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Cirque de la Symphonie Returns to the KWS with
a High-Flying Program

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is thrilled to present three performances of Cirque de la Symphonie on April 26 at 8 pm and April 27 at 2:30 and 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, the new program will feature incredible acrobatic feats performed to wonderful music by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

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The KWS Spends an Evening with the Brothers Creeggan

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back Andy and Jim Creeggan for Barely Naked: An Evening with the Brothers Creeggan on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. An exploration of the Creeggans’ journey from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra to the Barenaked Ladies to their individual projects, this concert delves into the history of the uniquely Canadian duo.

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Organ Superstar Cameron Carpenter Joins the KWS

Organ phenomenon Cameron Carpenter joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a unique concert on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program includes Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre and Carpenter’s The Scandal. The concert will also be performed at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on Sunday, April 7. 

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Champion Fiddler Pierre Schryer Returns to the KWS for a
Spirited Celtic Concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes back Pierre Schryer on Friday, March 22, 2013 and Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8 pm.  Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, this entertaining concert will include step-dancing and Schryer’s band, which features bass, trumpet, guitar and vocals. Pierre will bring his stunning technical ability to the Centre In The Square for an energizing evening.  

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Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announce
a Truly Exciting 2013/14 Season

Today, February 20, 2013, Music Director Edwin Outwater and Executive Director Genevieve Twomey announced the 2013/14 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS).  The upcoming Season includes vibrant and dynamic programming and a few surprises that will inspire, entertain and transport audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.  In addition to launching the 2013/14 Season, the KWS announced a new mobile website that will allow patrons to access concert information and purchase tickets from their smartphones.

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DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music from the Movies Enchants Audiences of All Ages

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music from the Movies on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8pm and Saturday March 2, 2013 at 2:30 & 8 pm.  Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, this special concert will feature projected film clips, still cells, storyboard art and four leading vocalists.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents two thrilling programs
at the Tchaikovsky Festival

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to present two extraordinary concert programs at this year’s Tchaikovsky Festival, running from February 22-24, 2012. The concerts explore two very different sides of one of the world’s most famous composers, with a few extras to make the experience complete.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony explores the world of
Classical Indian Music and Bollywood

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the 2012/13 Intersections series with Bollywood and Beyond: Masters and Icons of Indian Music on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. Conducted by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, this special concert welcomes mridangam master Trichy Sankaran and his daughter Suba Sankaran of the crossover group Autorickshaw to trace the roots of Classical Indian Music from Bollywood to Britney Spears. 

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces Partnership with Carnegie Hall, Weill Music Institute

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is thrilled to announce a new partnership between the KWS and Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Weill Music Institute (WMI).  The KWS is the first Canadian orchestra to partner with Carnegie Hall in presenting this world-class program which brings WMI’s ‘Link Up’ program to schools and students across Waterloo Region.  Uniting the classroom with the concert hall, ‘Link Up’ gives students the opportunity to actively engage with music through a curriculum of classroom activities and a concert experience at which students sing and perform on recorder with the KWS at the Centre In The Square. 

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The KWS Invites You to a Dance Party

The KWS’ Baroque and Beyond Series continues in Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge with a Dance Party on January 30, February 1 & 2. Guest Conductor Lucas Waldin of the Edmonton Symphony leads this graceful program featuring pieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Respighi and Sibelius, performed by the KWS.

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Outwater Conducts an All-Gershwin Evening with the KWS

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony pays tribute to composer George Gershwin with an All-Gershwin Evening on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the concert features mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, baritone Aaron St Clair Nicholson and pianist Peter Longworth.

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Soloist Change for Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony January Concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announces that due to a treatable injury, violinist Stefan Jackiw is unable to appear with the KWS on January 18-19, 2013.  The KWS is pleased to announce that, in his place, violinist Soovin Kim will join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony joined by Renowned Violinist
for Sublime Concert

Violinist Stefan Jackiw joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a performance of Beethoven masterpieces on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater, the program includes Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Violin Concerto in D Major, along with Missy Mazzoli’s Violent, Violent Sea.

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By Popular Demand - Cirque de la Symphonie Matinée Added!

Due to popular demand, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has added a matinée performance of the Cirque De La Symphonie concert on April 27 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In The Square. The concert will also be presented on April 26 & 27 at 8 pm.

Tickets are currently on sale to subscribers only and will be going on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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Symphony Barenaked Comes to Kitchener!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will perform with Canadian Icons this December when the Barenaked Ladies join the KWS to perform some of their best-loved hits and some holiday favourites in a very special concert. Barenaked Ladies: Greatest Hits and Holiday Songs, conducted by KWS Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, will be held at the Centre In The Square on December 16, 2012 at 7pm.

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The KWS Invites you to Spend an Evening with Edwin Outwater and Mahler

Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony spend some quality time with Mahler for Edwin & Gustav: An Invitation, on November 30 and December 1, 2012 at the Centre In The Square. This unique concert includes Franz Schubert’s Entr’acte no. 3 from Rosamunde and features Gustav Mahler’s prolific Symphony No. 5. 

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Performs
Boccherini and Handel Masterpieces

Haydn’s Wife? continues the KWS’ Baroque and Beyond Series in Waterloo on Wednesday, November 21 at First United Church. Conducted by Evan Mitchell, KWS Assistant Conductor, this program features Boccherini’s Cello Concerto performed by KWS’ own Catherine Anderson.

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KWS Celebrates a Year of Milestones at
2012 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) was held on November 1, 2012 at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. The KWS reported on the results of the 2011/12 Season and celebrated the extraordinary programming, high calibre performances, continued audience growth and increased role within the communities of Waterloo Region.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony goes Back to the Future for
An Evening of Blockbusters

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony takes its cue from some of the world’s best-known films for Sci-Fi Fantasy: An Evening of Blockbusters on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square.

Led by guest conductor Victor Vanacore, the concert will feature music from science fiction and fantasy movies, including E.T., Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Avatar, and Back to the Future.

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Alain Lefèvre and Jean-Philippe Tremblay Join the KWS in a Concert that Celebrates Canadian Virtuosity

Pianist Alain Lefèvre and guest conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for a performance of André Mathieu’s rarely-heard Piano Concerto No. 4 on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. Also on the program are Edvard Grieg’s passionate In Autumn and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

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Baroque & Beyond Opens with a Bow throughout the Region

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens the Baroque and Beyond Series in Waterloo with Take a Bow on Wednesday, October 3 at First United Church, with additional performances in Guelph and Cambridge. This all-strings program, conducted by Stephen Sitarski, features beautiful English music and the KWS debut of Bénédicte Lauzière, an award-winning Canadian violinist.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony salutes the Queen with a
Bit of Pomp and a Little Circumstance  

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony brings a bit of Britain to KW this Season with Last Night of the Proms on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square. The first concert of the Pops Series, led by conductor Brian Jackson features the talents of mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell and the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir. Audiences will join in the fun of this British tradition with special guests and a few surprises.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Reboots Innovative Concert with Institute for Quantum Computing

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) will reprise the popular Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science concert on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3 pm at the university’s new Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. The concert, held in the building’s unique auditorium, caps off more than a week of grand opening celebrations for the state-of-the-art facility.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s opening concert pays tribute to Kitchener’s 100th Anniversary of Cityhood

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens its 2012/13 season on Friday September 21, 2012 with Ode to Joy, Ode to Kitchener. Celebrating Kitchener’s 100th anniversary of cityhood, this concert features a performance of Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 9, John Estacio’s Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra and Stewart Goodyear’s Count Up. Conducted by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the KWS will be joined by soloists Susan Tsagkaris, Megan Latham, Romulo Delgado and Phillip Addis, as well as the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Menno Singers, DaCapo Chamber Choir and Renaissance Singers. Additional performances will occur on September 22 at 8 pm and September 23 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In the Square.

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From Beethoven to Star Trek: The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony gives a preview of the 2012/13 Season

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will host a special Season Preview event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener. Edwin Outwater, KWS Music Director and special host Gary Doyle from 570 News, will lead the program, which will give audience members a taste of what they will hear during the exciting 2012/13 Season. Selections from the upcoming Season will be played by the KWS, joined by some special guests.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Welcomes New Musicians
to the 2012/13 Season

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of two new orchestra members; Ian Hopkin and Tori Lindsay. They will begin playing with the KWS in September.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to Host Banff Forum Event
at the Conrad Centre

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce the hosting of a Banff Forum Event on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10 am at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener. Participants will visit Kitchener-Waterloo for the day to see innovation in action, as a prelude to the eleventh edition of the Banff Forum.

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KWS Announces Expanded Youth Orchestra Program

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce an expanded Youth Orchestra Program with the addition of a new ensemble and a new ensemble conductor.

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Ode to Joy, Ode to Kitchener! Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Opening Night Gala Celebrates Kitchener's Centennial with Beethoven's Masterpiece

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens its 2012/13 season on Friday September 21, 2012 with its annual gala, celebrating Kitchener’s 100th anniversary of cityhood. Ode to Joy, Ode to Kitchener features a performance of Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 9, John Estacio’s Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra and Stewart Goodyear’s Count Up. Conducted by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the KWS will be joined by soloists Susan Tsagkaris,
Megan Latham, Romulo Delgado and Phillip Addis, as well as the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Menno Singers, DaCapo Chamber Choir and Renaissance Singers.

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Blockbuster Beethoven with the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Gryphon Trio

On Friday, May 25 and Saturday May 26 at 8 pm, and Sunday May 27 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In The Square Canada’s famed Gryphon Trio joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and Music Director Edwin Outwater in a performance of Beethoven’s lively Triple Concerto. This concert provides a powerful double-dose of Beethoven with his much-loved 7th Symphony closing the program, and the KWS season, with a flourish.

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A Canada-China Creative Cultural Exchange:
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony proudly presents the
National Chinese Acrobats

On Thursday, May 10 and  Friday, May 11 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square, audiences will be mesmerized and mystified by stunning displays of artistry and daredevil acts.  This creative collaboration is a first of its kind between a Chinese acrobatic troupe and a Western symphony orchestra. The National Chinese Acrobats is an exciting Canada-China cultural exchange between the Hunan Acrobatic Troupe, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and the Sony Centre in Toronto.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents a festival celebrating Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Two thrilling concert programs, a screening of Amadeus, and lots of exciting extras make up the KWS Mozart Festival running from April 18 to 22, 2012 as the KWS celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific and influential composers of all time. 

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Takes the A Train with
Big Bands and conductor/arranger Matt Catingub

Some of the most popular jazz and swing music made famous by the big names of big bands will be performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS), led by multi-talented musician Matt Catingub at the Centre In The Square on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 8 pm. 

This lively concert will celebrate the music of the famous big bands, including selections by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Quincy Jones.  The program includes timeless greats like Stompin’ at the Savoy, Take the A Train, Moonlight Serenade, It Had to be You, and tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday and Rosemary Clooney.

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Metallica, Rush and Prog Rock greats inspire an amped up performance by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

On Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 at 7:30pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) amps up the volume with a progressive rock-inspired performance including the world premiere performance of a Rush-style composition by Nicole Lizée and other works that bridge the gap between old and new; acoustic and electric; classical and rock.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony welcomes a world-renowned pianist and an amazing Canadian conductor for
Kuerti Conducts the Emperor

On Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 8 pm at the Centre In The Square, conductor Julian Kuerti and pianist Nareh Arghamanyan join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) in a performance of Beethoven’s most famous and endearing, Emperor piano concerto.  This program of triumphant, heroic, and energetic music includes Schumann’s second symphony and Torque by Gary Kulesha, one of Canada’s most prolific composers

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KWS Featured in Idina Menzel’s Barefoot at the Symphony
and a JUNO Nomination!

The KWS is excited to be celebrating two great media projects: Barefoot at the Symphony with Idina Menzel and Marvin Hamlisch and Tapestries, a 2012 JUNO nominated recording. These two projects highlight this excellent orchestra and we are proud to be a cultural ambassador for Waterloo Region.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performs much-loved film music of John Williams and shares the stage with “Vader’s Fist” Legion of Star Wars re-enactors

Some of the most popular film music of all time will be performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Centre In The Square on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March  3 at 8 pm and a matinée performance Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 pm.  Music from The Cowboys, Jaws, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Schindler’s List, Superman, Jurassic Park, The Terminal, and Star Wars will be featured on this all-John Williams program, conducted by the always-entertaining Michael Krajewksi.

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Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY –
A live-orchestra, multi-media experience you won’t want to miss! 

This thrilling performance combines state-of-the-art videos and art stills shown on massive screens highlighting the most memorable experiences of Square Enix’s world-renowned Final Fantasy video games all set to live, award-winning orchestral music.  The live soundtrack will be performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and singer Susan Calloway, led by conductor Arnie Roth.  Join fellow gamers or come to appreciate the true musicianship of composer Nobuo Uematsu at the Centre In The Square on Tuesday, February 28 at 8 pm.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Edwin Outwater announce
2012/13 Season that will Inspire and Surprise

Music Director Edwin Outwater and Executive Director Genevieve Twomey announced today, February 15, 2012, the 2012/13 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  Under the leadership of Edwin Outwater, the KWS will present a diverse season of vivid experiences to inspire and entertain audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

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Guitar-Hero brings Passion and Flair to KW with the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at 8pm at the Centre In The Square guitarist Jason Vieaux joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) in a performance of Rodrigo’s beautiful and highly-recognizable Concierto de Aranjuez.  Joining the concerto on the program is So Far So Good, a special commission by Nico Muhly (whose works appear on the KWS’ recent, critically-acclaimed CD release) and two pieces by Ravel: Mother Goose Suite and his famous Boléro.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Institute for Quantum Computing combine to blow your mind

On Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) joins forces with the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to present a truly mind-bending collaboration.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony succumbs to Beatlemania with
A Classical Mystery Tour

What would The Beatles have sounded like if they had the chance to perform live in concert with a symphony orchestra?  Find out when Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles performs live with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Centre In The Square on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm. 

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony presents a star-studded
evening of Broadway

Three of Canada’s brightest Broadway stars team with legendary Broadway conductor Ted Sperling to present a performance not-to-be-missed!  Vocalists Louise Pitre, Elicia MacKenzie, and Dan Chameroy join Sperling and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Broadway 1959 at the Centre In The Square on Friday January 20 and Saturday January 21 at 8:00pm.  Audiences will be treated to a program of songs that made a splash on Broadway in 1959, including selections from West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Once Upon a Mattress, The Music Man, and more.

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Musical Fireworks: Gluzman, Outwater, and the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

On Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14 at 8pm at the Centre In The Square, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will perform Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony with its hold-onto-your-seat ending under the baton of Edwin Outwater. Also on the program is José Evangelista’s Symphonie minute, and a performance of  Brahms’ Violin Concerto by award-winning violinist Vadim Gluzman.

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5 Concerts in 3 Days: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to perform community concerts across Waterloo Region January 4, 5 & 6

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will perform at various locations across Waterloo Region during the first week in January as part of its annual community engagement schedule.

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KWS spreads the Holiday spirit with a symphony orchestra, Christmas carols, a classic holiday tale and good cheer for the whole family!

Joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) in a favourite family holiday tradition will be the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Synergy Handbell Choir, dancers from the Classical Dance Conservatory, and guest narrator Alex Mustakas.  Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell takes the podium at the Centre In The Square for performances at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17 and a special matinee performance on Saturday, December 17 at 2:30 pm.

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Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky – the Russian greats all in one concert

Pianist Peter Longworth takes centre stage in a performance of Shostakovich’s first piano concerto, also featuring KWS’s own Principal Trumpet Larry Larson in Russian Fire, a KWS concert at the Centre In The Square on December 2 & 3 at 8pm and December 4 at 2:30pm. The program showcases Russian compositional genius with Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana, Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise.

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Collaborative Concert brings together Local Students
and the KWS

On Monday, November 21st at 7pm, Past, Present and Future, a Waterloo Pops concert, will be hosted in the auditorium at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School. The concert is a collaborative effort that began as a way to feature the talents of students from three schools, Sir John A Macdonald, Waterloo Collegiate, and Centennial Public School.

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Newly-launched KWS Heartstrings Program Provided 100 free concert tickets as part of Random Act of Kindness Day

On November 4, 100 people who were unable to afford the cost of a concert ticket were given a free ticket to see baritone Hugh Russell in concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) at the Centre In The Square to launch the Symphony’s new Heartstrings Program.

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KWS ends the 2010/11 Season on a High Note

On November 3, 2011, Board and staff members, musicians, and donor members gathered at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts for the Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  Artistically, operationally and financially the orchestra achieved success.

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Basia Bulat and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony invite you to party – folk-style

On Thursday & Friday, November 10 & 11 at 7:30pm Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat joins the KWS and Music Director Edwin Outwater at downtown Kitchener’s “orchestral nightclub,” the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, for another fascinating performance experience.

With only two albums released, Bulat has already earned both JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize nominations, and continues to build her fan base with extensive tours around the world and across Canada.  With incredible orchestral arrangements written by Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallet, audiences will be whirled through centuries of music and various styles including folksy fiddle, gospel, driving rhythms, ballads, madrigals, and soaring melodies – just to name a few!

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Audiences are treated to a kaleidoscope of colours with baritone Hugh Russell and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

On Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5 at 8pm at the Centre In The Square Hugh Russell returns to the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to perform Mahler’s highly emotional and musically graphic Songs of a Wayfarer. This program also includes Mozart’s entertaining Paris Symphony and the richly lyrical Second Symphony of Brahms.

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Legendary Canadian Brass to appear with the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Canadian Brass take the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the Centre In The Square at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29 with a matinee performance on October 29 at 2:30 pm.

Five tremendous brass musicians — each a virtuoso in his own right — form the Canadian Brass:  Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Brandon Ridenour (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Eric Reed (horn).

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Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel to appear with the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is pleased to announce an upcoming engagement with Tony Awarding-winning Idina Menzel, the star of Wicked and Rent.  Two performances will take place at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on November 17 and 18 at 8 pm.  These performances will be conducted by multi award-winning conductor/composer Marvin Hamlisch and will be taped for a future PBS special.

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KWS’ From Here on Out Recording released by Analekta

With an impressive discography of 21 recordings and three JUNO Award nominations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) announces the release of From Here on Out under the Analekta label, Canada’s largest independent classical record company.  KWS performs, under the direction of its Music Director Edwin Outwater, new works by Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry and Johnny Greenwood.

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Celebrate Liszt’s 200th Birthday with Canadian pianist icon André Laplante and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 8 pm the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) honours the 200th anniversary of composer Franz Liszt’s birth with the help of one of Canada’s most acclaimed pianists, André Laplante, performing both Liszt’s First and Second Piano Concertos.  Also on the program is Wagner’s theatrical Overture to The Flying Dutchman and Kodály’s Gypsy-themed Dances of Galanta.

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Sultans of String surge onto the stage with the
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) welcomes multi-award winners and JUNO nominees Sultans of String at the Centre In The Square on Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24 at 8 pm to launch this season’s 8-concert Pops Series

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Edwin and Friends to wow Waterloo Region in the
KWS’ most important fundraising event of the season

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony opens its 2011/12 season on September 17, 2011 with the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year - a Gala concert at the Centre In The Square featuring five guest artists and music close to Music Director Edwin Outwater’s heart. Pianist Ian Parker – young, Canadian, and part of the Parker pianist dynasty that includes Jamie and Jon Kimura Parker – performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Canadian singers baritone Hugh Russell and mezzo-soprano Megan Latham will sing Broadway hits by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Rising young violinist Tai Murray plays excerpts from Barber’s timeless Violin Concerto, and cellist Kenneth Olsen performs excerpts from Victor Herbert’s concerto number 2.

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KW Native Evan Mitchell appointed as Assistant Conductor of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Waterloo Region native Evan Mitchell to the new position of Assistant Conductor beginning in August 2011. Recently finishing a three-year appointment as Assistant Conductor at the Vancouver Symphony, Mr. Mitchell studied percussion at Wilfrid Laurier University and conducting at the University of Toronto with KWS Music Director Laureate Raffi Armenian. (...read more)gif

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Musicians Ratify New Collective Agreement 

A four-year contract paves the way for the KWS to continue to grow as an innovative orchestra in an innovative community. 

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and its musicians’ union, Central Ontario Musicians’ Association (COMA), have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract.  Both sides have agreed to work together over the coming years to achieve the level of artistic excellence and financial stability that will enable the KWS to grow and strengthen. (...read more)gif

Best-selling author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) joins the KWS for spooky fun in Kitchener and Toronto

“Edwin Outwater is the raving lunatic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is the ghastly monster, and the terrified populace is anyone foolhardy enough to have purchased a ticket.”
- Daniel Handler

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Author, comedian, musician, and award-winning bestselling author Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler joins Music Director Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for three scary, funny concerts in Kitchener and Toronto. On May 5th and 7th the spooky show will be performed at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener; on May 6th it will be heard at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, the KWS’ third performance there.
Known to thousands of children and their parents as Lemony Snicket for the bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events, author Daniel Handler is good friends with Outwater. The two have collaborated with American composer Nathaniel Stookey on the bestselling, list-topping kids’ book, The Composer Is Dead and the corresponding concert – now one of the most-played contemporary works across North America. Handler is an avid musician and music lover, and has worked with The Magnetic Fields as accordionist on the acclaimed 69 Love Songs, collaborates regularly  with front man Stephin Merritt, as well as Canadian indie pop sensations Stars, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service), and many others. ... (read more)gif

Gilmore Award-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein performs Rach 2 - Whirling Dervish Raqib Brian Burke performs in world premiere by Brian Current

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On April 1st and 2nd, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) presents a blockbuster concert featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein – who won the 2011 Gilmore Award – performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the World Premiere of Whirling Dervish, a piece by Canadian composer Brian Current featuring the Sufi Mevlevi whirling dervish Raqib Brian Burke. Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite rounds out the program.

 Kirill Gerstein, who “shows how virtuosity and soulfulness can go hand in hand,” (Chicago Sun Times) is the sixth and latest recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award – an honour worth $300 000 and described as “music’s answer to the MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grants’” (New York Times). The Russian-born pianist, said to “turn the tried-and-true…into something startlingly fresh” (ibid), grew up in southern Russia, dropped out of Berklee College of Music just shy of a degree, attended the Manhattan School of Music, and has since amassed a long list of awards and honours. Gerstein currently teaches at the conservatory in Stuttgart and maintains a major international career, appearing with top orchestras all over the world.

This concert will also feature Whirling Dervish, a brand new work commissioned by the KWS from Canadian composer Brian Current. Whirling Dervish stars Raqib Brian Burke, a Canadian Sufi Mevlevi whirling dervish who began practicing this spectacular form of meditation through movement at the age of 23. Ottawa native Brian Current is recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation in North America... (read more)gif

 

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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) Music Director Edwin Outwater announced the KWS’ 2011/12 Season at an event held at the symphony’s administrative home, the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, on February 23, 2011. The KWS season features top-tier soloists including pianists André Laplante, Nareh Arghamanyan, and Sara Davis Buechner; violinist Vadim Gluzman and guitarist Jason Vieaux; and guest conductors Tito Munoz, Julian Kuerti, John Morris Russell, and Ted Sperling. The KWS’ reputation for creative collaboration is reinforced during the 2011/12 season through Intersections projects with folk artist Basia Bulat, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and composer Nicole Lizée. Edwin Outwater’s engaging and “intrepid” (Feast of Music) programming for the 2011/12 season includes everything from a Mozart Festival to a co- commission with the Seattle Symphony by “brilliant young composer” Nico Muhly (Macleans). The KWS also welcomes back acclaimed Canadian ensembles like the Canadian Brass, Gryphon Trio, and Sultans of String. The KWS returns to the SONY Centre for several performances next season, and also introduces, by popular demand, a new Matinée Series which features the ‘Best of’ Signature and Pops concerts.

“This season will be nothing short of spectacular,” says KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater. “As our audience continues to grow, we are offering concerts that will keep them coming back. With memorable programs in all of our series, great soloists, Intersections concerts that journey into the Quantum Universe and beyond, the best Pops Series in KWS history, a beautiful Mozart festival, and a brand new Matinée Series, I'm very proud of what we have to offer in the 2011/2012 season.” ...read more

Measha joins KWS for Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins

KITCHENER, ON – Canada’s superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman is joined by cabaret notable Isengart, Music Director Edwin Outwater and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) for performances of the cabaret-inspired Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill on February 24th at the River Run Centre in Guelph and February 25th and 26th in Kitchener at Centre In The Square...read moregif

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Edwin Outwater & KWS take Dan Deacon's high art dance party to a new level

In his first-ever collaboration with an orchestra, electronic artist and composer Dan Deacon will be joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Music Director Edwin Outwater for a concert on February 3rd and 4th at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener, ON.
Known for his innovative programming, Edwin Outwater took up the Baltimore-based composer Dan Deacon’s MySpace call for new arrangements of his music. The resulting concert will feature a new work by and with the “circuitboard genius” (NME) for electronics and orchestra, an arrangement by Outwater of an older Deacon work...read moregif

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KWS invited to perform with Russia's legendary Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet at Sony Centre in Toronto, March 1-6

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is thrilled to announce that the orchestra has been invited to perform with the legendary Mariinsky (formerly the Kirov) Ballet at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for seven performances, March 1 to 6, 2011. These performances mark the second time this season that the orchestra will appear in the newly restored venue.
In their first Toronto appearance since 1989, the iconic Mariinksy Ballet returns to perform their signature work, Swan Lake — the most popular ballet ever created. The KWS will perform Tchaikovsky’s classic score under the baton of the distinguished Russian conductor Pavel Bubelnikov...read moregif

Beethoven and Your Brain: Science celebrity Daniel Levitin joins conductor Edwin Outwater and the KWS for concerts in Toronto and Kitchener

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) brings famed neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs Daniel Levitin on October 27th to Toronto’s Koerner Hall and on the 28th and 29th to Kitchener’s Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. Together with Music Director Edwin Outwater, he leads an entirely new interactive concert experience involving the latest technology, live-polling the audience’s emotional reaction to the powerful music of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony...read moregif

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Edwin Outwater renews contract through 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON – The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is thrilled to announce a five-year extension of Edwin Outwater’s contract as Music Director. Mr. Outwater began his post as Music Director of the KWS in 2007. The continuation of this partnership will provide continuity of artistic leadership, vision and high performance standards for Waterloo Region’s largest performing arts organization for many years to come...read morgif

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