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Notes From The Conductor: Carmina Burana

This is a very special moment for me because it’s the end of my very first season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. This year has passed so quickly that I barely realize how many wonderful things we shared together.

I am very much looking forward to playing the Prokofiev Violin Concerto with one of the most talented violinists of this generation, Benjamin Beilman. In 2010 I saw him win the Montreal International Music Competition, so I think it will be a real pleasure and a real treat to share the stage with him for the first time.

To open this concert I thought of including a great piece by my dear friend Éric Champagne. I think it’s important to create and premiere pieces but more important to play written pieces and this piece has a darker more tormented beginning and moves to a really bright and majestic brass chord.

What can I say about Carmina Burana? It’s a monumental piece in the classical repertoire that includes a massive orchestra, a big choir and both a youth and children’s choir. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony from the 2017/18 season is memorable for me and I’m looking forward to putting all of those same energies together for this season finale which I think it will be fantastic.