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Edwin Outwater Takes His Final Bow As Music Director Of The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

After ten seasons as Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Edwin Outwater conducts his final concert with Grand Finale: Edwin’s Farewell on May 26 & 27 at 8 pm at Centre in the Square. The concert features Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan”, one of the most moving and powerful works for large orchestra. Opening the concert is the world premiere of a new composition by Canadian musician Richard Reed Parry, Outwater Fanfare, written specially for this concert as a parting gift. Also featured is the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto performing John Adams’ Harmonium, based on poetry by Emily Dickinson.

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Get Silly at the Symphony for Edwin’s Final Pops Concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony invites the audience to get silly at the Symphony for Edwin Outwater’s final Pops concert as Music Director, Edwin’s Pops—A Night of Music and Comedy on May 5 and May 6 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. This concert will feature the return of special guests soprano Measha Brueggergosman and pianist Stewart Goodyear like you’ve never seen them before. Measha will perform William Bolcom’s witty Cabaret Songs and Stewart Goodyear will perform Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue. No musical comedy concert is complete without PDQ Bach, whose hilarious take on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a sportscast will feature Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and the Royal Conservatory’s Mervon Mehta as the sportscasters.

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Star Cellist Johannes Moser Joins The KWS For a Signature Series Concert And A Special One-Time Intersections Concert

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser stars in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, on April 21 & 22 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater will lead the Orchestra in a program that also features Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Canadian composer Riho Esko Maimets’ newest composition evening ablution.

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces New Music Director

Board Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Catherine Copp, is pleased to announce the four-year appointment of Andrei Feher as the new Music Director, effective August 2018. Since the announcement in October 2015 that current Music Director Edwin Outwater’s tenure would finish at the end of the 2016/17 Season, the Search Committee has been working to find a suitable successor. Feher, chosen after a thorough 18-month long search, was noted for his conducting prowess and musicianship, as well his imaginative approach to performance, repertoire and community connection.

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Baroque & Beyond Series Continues With Two Concerts: Stravinsky & Beethoven and Bach & Vivaldi

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony continues the Baroque & Beyond Series in April with Stravinsky & Beethoven-Baroque in Waterloo on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 pm at First United Church. Then, in May, the KWS presents Bach & Vivaldi on Wednesday, May 10 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 Takes Kids & Families On A Musical Journey To End The 2016-17 Family And Kinderconcert Series

The KWS 2016/17 Family Series concludes with How Harmony Happens! on March 25 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, this fun-filled, interactive concert explores the evolving story of harmony. Be prepared for a journey full of surprises that will change the way you hear music, featuring the music of Mahler, Mozart, Strauss and more!

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The KWS Presents Beethoven’s Famous Fifth Symphony Along With World Premiere Of Trumpet Concerto By Canadian Composer John Estacio

American conductor Michael Christie will lead the KWS in one of Beethoven’s most famous compositions, Symphony No. 5, on March 24 & 25 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. This exciting program also features Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino and KWS Principal Trumpet Larry Larson as soloist for the premiere of John Estacio’s Trumpet Concerto. This concerto is a co-commission with 18 Canadian orchestras and will be performed across Canada in 2017/18.

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Don’t Forget The Popcorn! It’s Two Nights At The Movies With The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in February and March

The KWS is going to the movies this February and March for the next two Pops series concerts with Music From The Movies on February 24 and 25, followed by Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times on March 31 and April 1.

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Rising Star Violinist Benjamin Beilman Joins the KWS for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto

Award-winning American violinist Benjamin Beilman makes his debut with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for Beilman Plays Sibelius on February 17 & 18 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Music Director Edwin Outwater leads the Orchestra in this program featuring works by Sibelius, one of his favourite composers, and will prepare the audience for Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7 with visuals and commentary before it is performed. Beilman will be performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, and the concert opens with Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No. 25.

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The audience picks the music in Live by Request—the interactive voting concert

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony gives the power to the audience in their first ever interactive voting concert with Live by Request on January 20 and January 21 at 8 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS favourite John Morris Russell, the concert features orchestral hits chosen by the audience in real time using their smartphones. The program includes everything from waltzes and sing-alongs, to Hollywood blockbusters and rousing finales!

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Paddington Bear™ comes to life on the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Stage!

The story of Paddington Bear™ comes to the KWS stage on January 14 at 2:30 pm at Centre In The Square. Led by KWS Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and featuring the KWS Orchestra, this charming narrated concert will be full of stories and will feature music from Elgar’s Wand of Youth Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous and virtuosic Flight of the Bumblebee. The story of the world's favourite bear will come to life in ways and sounds never before imagined!

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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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