K-W Symphony Music Director Designate Andrei Feher Returns for the First Time Since His Appointment

Andrei Feher leads the KWS in Glorious Brahms & Lyrical Wagner on November 3 and 4 at 8 pm at the Centre in the Square, his first concert since being named Music Director Designate earlier this year. The concert opens with the overture to Wagner’s emphatic tribute to German culture, Die Meistersinger, and features one of the composer’s most performed orchestral works, Wesendonck Lieder, with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. Brahms’ lyrical and uplifting Symphony No. 2 comprises the second half of the concert program, showcasing Andrei Feher’s talent as conductor.

Rapidly establishing himself as one of the rising stars of his generation, Andrei Feher was appointed as the new Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in March 2017. 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. Having gained early experience as assistant to Fabien Gabel at the Québec Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22, Andrei joined the Orchestre de Paris as Assistant Conductor to its Music Director, Paavo Järvi in 2014, during which time he collaborated with conductors including Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnányi, Thomas Hengelbrock and Jaap van Zweden. This concert marks Andrei’s return to the KWS stage after his November 2016 debut on the Signature Series concert Debuts and Bijoux.

Krisztina Szabó is a frequent performer of recital, concert and chamber repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and Vancouver Bach Choir. She has also appeared as soloist with Plural Ensemble in Madrid, Spain, under the baton of renowned composer-conductor, Peter Eötvös. Szabó finished her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario studying with Darryl Edwards. She has been the recipient of the Emerging Artist grant from Canada Council and has been honoured by her home town of Mississauga with a star on the Music Walk of Fame in its inaugural year.

“It is an indescribable feeling to come back to the KWS after almost one year,” commented Andrei Feher. “Since the announcement last March, I have been looking forward to the moment when I will conduct the Orchestra again. For this special concert we will present a lyrical Wagnerian first half, with the famous Meistersinger Overture and the lesser-known Wesendonck Lieder featuring the fantastic mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó. For the second half I am eager to share the Second symphony of the great composer Brahms, especially given the acoustics of the Centre In The Square. While the piece has some moments with melancholic undertones, the Finale is triumphant and uplifting.”

GLORIOUS BRAHMS AND LYRICAL WAGNER runs Nov 3 & 4 at 8 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at kwsymphony.ca or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717.

The KWS would like to thank the following sponsors:  Programming Sponsor: Exel Research Inc.; Podium Sponsor: BMO Financial Group.


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