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1 - TRUE NORTH: THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK

Eleanor McCain

Part of the A Series

FRI SEPTEMBER 29 | 8 PM
SAT SEPTEMBER 30 | 8 PM

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Conductor
Eleanor McCain, Vocalist
Eastwood Collegiate Chamber Choir

Multiple East Coast Music Award nominee Eleanor McCain returns with her unique and unmistakable style for True North: The Canadian Songbook to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, featuring freshly imagined arrangements of 32 iconic Canadian songs. Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with popular hits like The Rankin Family’s We Rise Again, Jann Arden’s Good Mother, Bryan Adams’ Run To You, Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

2 - DANCIN' THRU THE DECADES

Dancin Thru the Decades

Part of the B Series

FRI NOVEMBER 10 | 8 PM
SAT NOVEMBER 11 | 8 PM

Matt Catingub, Conductor
Anita Hall, Vocalist
Steve Moretti, Drums

Matt Catingub’s energetic and funfilled Dancin’ Thru the Decades was such a hit that it’s back this season with an all-new program! This toetapping concert features dance hits from the past 70 years including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Seal, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and many more. Take to the dance floor in front of the Orchestra and dance the night away!

3 - YULETIDE SPECTACULAR

Yuletide Spectacular The Polar Express

Part of the A Series

FRI DECEMBER 15 | 8 PM
SAT DECEMBER 16 | 2:30 PM
SAT DECEMBER 16 | 8 PM
SUN DECEMBER 17 | 2:30 PM

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Conductor
Joni NehRita, Vocalist
Mike Nadajewski, Narrator
Grand Philharmonic Choir
Grand Philharmonic Children's Choir
Carousel Dance Company

Waterloo Region’s favourite holiday tradition is back and more spectacular than ever! Featuring the classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, with images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story, and favourites like the upbeat All I Want for Christmas Is You, The Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night, The 12 Days of Christmas, plus the hilarious 12 Days After Christmas. With singers, dancers and special guests, you’ll be feeling festive!

Jacket from THE POLAR EXPRESS by Chris Van Allsburg. Jacket Painting © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

4 - CASABLANCA: THE FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

Casablanca

Part of the B Series

FRI JANUARY 19 | 8 PM
SAT JANUARY 20 | 8 PM

Evan Mitchell, Conductor

Experience the classic romantic film Casablanca as you never have before! The Orchestra performs Max Steiner’s glorious score live while the film is shown on the big screen, enhancing every beat of the movie’s noble heart with luscious live sound.

5 - SING-ALONG MUSICALS

John Morris Russell

Part of the A Series

FRI FEBRUARY 16 | 8 PM
SAT FEBRUARY 17 | 2:30 PM
SAT FEBRUARY 17 | 8 PM

John Morris Russell, conductor
Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir

If you love singing along to your favourite musicals, then this is the concert for you! With lyrics projected above the Orchestra, the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir helping you sing along, and KWS favourite John Morris Russell leading, this interactive concert will include selections from popular musicals like The King and I, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and many more!

6 - A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS

A tribute to John Williams

Part of the B Series

FRI MARCH 9 | 8 PM
SAT MARCH 10 | 2:30 PM
SAT MARCH 10 | 8 PM

Scott Terrell, conductor
501st Legion worldwide Star Wars costuming organization

John Williams is one of the most famous and prolific film composers of all time, and his scores have revolutionized the film industry. This concert features some of his bestloved themes from movies like Superman, ET, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and more, with the second half of the concert totally dedicated to the music of the legendary Harry Potter and Star Wars films!

7 - CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Cirque de la symphonie

Part of the A Series

FRI APRIL 6 | 8 PM
SAT APRIL 7 | 8 PM

Evan Mitchell, Conductor

After nearly five years, Cirque de la Symphonie is back at the KWS with an all-new program! See high-flying aerialists, jugglers and other stunning acrobatic performers who will amaze and delight you while the KWS performs exciting orchestral favourites. This popular show is not to be missed!

8 - THE GREAT HUMAN ODYSSEY IN CONCERT

the great human odyssey

Part of the B Series

FRI MAY 4 | 8 PM
SAT MAY 5 | 8 PM

Darren Fung, Composer & Conductor
Dr. Niobe Thompson, Filmmaker and Narrator
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate Choir

A riveting documentary by anthropologist and filmmaker Dr. Niobe Thompson on the origins of humanity and its path to the present was given life with the music of composer Darren Fung in a series presented on CBC’s The Nature of Things. See specially prepared excerpts of the film projected above the Orchestra with live narration by Niobe himself! Don’t miss this dazzling display for your eyes, ears, hearts and minds.