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1 - MOZART & DVOŘÁK’S NEW WORLD

Remi Geniet, Piano

Part of the A Series

FRI OCTOBER 13 | 8 PM
SAT OCTOBER 14 | 8 PM

Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor
Rémi Geniet, Piano

Vivian Fung: Aqua
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major
Darren Fung: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World

 

One of the most popular symphonies of all time, Dvořák’s From the New World marks the opening of the KWS Signature Series with this famous musical tribute to North America. The program also features Juno Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s Aqua, a piece inspired by the architectural design of Chicago’s Aqua Tower skyscraper. Rising star pianist Rémi Geniet makes his KWS debut with Mozart’s expansive and triumphant Piano Concerto No. 25.

2 - GLORIOUS BRAHMS & LYRICAL WAGNER

Krisztina Szabo, alto

Part of the B Series

FRI NOVEMBER 3 | 8 PM
SAT NOVEMBER 4 | 8 PM

Andrei Feher, Conductor
Krisztina Szabó, Mezzo-Soprano

Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture 
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Join the KWS for a concert that features the glorious orchestral music of Brahms. His Symphony No. 2, cheery and pastoral in mood, is considered his most uplifting. Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder have become one of the composer’s most performed orchestral works and will feature acclaimed mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. The concert opens with Wagner’s emphatic and joyous tribute to German culture.

Please note that there has been a programming change for this concert which differs from what is printed in the season brochure. Unfortunately the Estonian Male Choir will no longer be appearing on the program due to the unexpected cancellation of their Canadian tour. The concert will now open with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Overture and alto Krisztina Szabó will perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. Brahms Symphony No. 2 will still be featured.

 

3 - JONATHAN CROW PLAYS BEETHOVEN

Jonathan Crow, Violin

Part of the A Series

FRI DECEMBER 1 | 8 PM
SAT DECEMBER 2 | 8 PM

Pablo Rus Broseta, Conductor
Jonathan Crow, Violin

Jörg Widmann: Con brio Concert Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Scottish
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major

Jonathan Crow, leading Canadian violinist and Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, makes his KWS debut performing one of the greats of the violin repertoire. German composer Jörg Widmann’s Con Brio Concert Overture is an homage to Beethoven with themes from his Seventh and Eighth symphonies. True to its name, Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony evokes the wild romantic landscapes of the north.

4 - ELGAR'S CELLO CONCERTO & MOZART'S JUPITER

Stéphane Tétreault, cello

Part of the B Series

FRI JANUARY 12 | 8 PM
SAT JANUARY 13 | 8 PM

Tung-Chieh Chuang, Conductor
Stéphane Tétreault, Cello

Hindemith: Overture to Cupid and Psyche
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor
Mozart: Prelude to Apollo and Hyacinthus
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, Jupiter

Young Canadian Cellist Stéphane Tétreault makes his KWS debut performing a cornerstone of the cello repertoire, Elgar’s contemplative and soulful Cello Concerto in E minor. Mozart’s Prelude to Apollo and Hyacinthus is from his first opera, written when he was only 11 years old! His final and most popular symphony, No. 41, Jupiter, is a masterpiece full of exuberance, exhilaration and surprises.

5 - SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Andre Laplante, Piano

Part of the A Series

FRI FEBRUARY 9 | 8 PM
SAT FEBRUARY 10 | 8 PM

Alpesh Chauhan, Conductor
André Laplante, Piano

Magnus Lindberg: Aventures
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Celebrated Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg’s cheeky work, Aventures, quotes from famous works of the past. One of Canada’s most admired and acclaimed pianists, André Laplante, returns to the KWS to perform Beethoven’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 4. The Orchestra takes centre stage for Berlioz’s utterly original orchestral tour de force, Symphonie fantastique.

6 - TCHAIKOVSKY'S PIANO CONCERTO

Alexandra Dariescu, Piano

Part of the B Series

FRI MARCH 2 | 8 PM
SAT MARCH 3 | 8 PM

Marzena Diakun, Conductor
Alexandra Dariescu, Piano

Lutosławski: Overture for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor
Janáček: Taras Bulba
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

Tchaikovsky’s show-stopping Piano Concerto No. 1 is brought to life with the effortless musicality and captivating stage presence of Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu. Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, originally for two pianos, is performed in its orchestral version by the KWS. Two Slavic masterpieces led by young Polish conductor Marzena Diakun complete the program.

7 - BÉNÉDICTE PLAYS BARBER

Bénédicte Lauzière, violin

Part of the A Series

FRI APRIL 13 | 8 PM
SAT APRIL 14 | 8 PM

Case Scaglione, Conductor
Bénédicte Lauzière, Violin

Thomas Adès: Three Studies from Couperin
Barber: Violin Concerto
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, The Great

KWS Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière takes centre stage for the gorgeously melodic and lyrical but also virtuosic Barber Violin Concerto. Thomas Adès, widely hailed as one of the most significant and provocative of contemporary composers, has taken harpsichord finales by the Baroque master Couperin and orchestrated them for the opening piece on the program. The Orchestra is featured in Schubert’s majestic Symphony No. 9 in C major, rightly known as The Great.

8 - ODE TO JOY - BEETHOVEN 9

Beethoven

Part of the B Series

SAT MAY 12 | 8 PM
SUN MAY 13 | 2:30 PM
(Please note the performance originally scheduled for Friday May 11 has been moved to Sunday May 13)

Andrei Feher, Conductor
Grand Philharmonic Choir
Renaissance Singers
Menno Singers
DaCapo Chamber Choir
Laurier Singers
Erin Wall, Soprano
Jennifer Enns Modolo, Alto
Adam Luther, Tenor
Daniel Okulitch, Bass-Baritone

Barbara Croall: Mijidwewinan
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D major, Choral

Join the Orchestra, star soloists and massed choir for a season finale celebration with Beethoven’s crowning achievement, Symphony No. 9. Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall’s piece, Mijidwewinan (Messages), is a work that evokes the delicate balance humankind has with nature; a perfect accompaniment to the Ninth Symphony’s message of peace and harmony.