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.

Michael Christie first came to international attention in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in Helsinki. Christie’s tenure as the first-ever Music Director of the Minnesota Opera began with the 2012-2013 season. His nearly 20-year conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world.

Of the performance Michael Christie says, “This is going to be a thrilling concert with works of formidable energy. Since I trained as trumpet player, conducting the premiere of an exciting new trumpet concerto that will be shared by so many Canadian orchestras is a particular honor for me. The work is written so well for the trumpet and the accompaniment provided by the orchestra. I am also always happy to share Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture, the first work I conducted with an orchestra twenty-five years ago!”

John Estacio is a JUNO nominated composer, and has composed music for several musicians and ensembles and his works are frequently recorded, performed and broadcast on international radio and television. He is a recipient of the prestigious NAC Award for Composers, awarded to three prominent Canadian contemporary composers. His compositions are programed by orchestras throughout North America and his frequent performances and broadcasts have earned him several SOCAN Concert Music Awards.

Of his concerto John Estacio, “The first of the three movements is titled Triton’s Trumpet and takes its inspiration from the Greek myth about Poseidon’s son, Triton, who used his conch shell as a trumpet to calm or raise the ocean waters. The middle movement is title Ballad and features extended lyrical phrases for the solo trumpet. After the rather portentous first two movements, the third movement, Rondo, is a much-needed balm. It is written in a quick 6/8 meter and begins with a quixotic melody that will return several times throughout this mercurial kaleidoscope of energy and color and fanfare.”

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH runs Mar 24 & 25 at 8 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717.

The KWS would like to thank the following sponsors:  Programming Sponsor: Exel Research Inc.; Signature Series Sponsor: The Economical Insurance Group.


Kari Hueber,
Director of Audience Engagement
519-745-4711 ext. 267