Following the advice of health officials and industry experts in regards to large indoor gatherings, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is reimagining their 75th Anniversary 2020/21 Season. This new and exciting programming takes into account the health and safety of audiences, musicians, crew, and staff. To accommodate this, the original program for the 2020/21 Season will shift by 12 months and instead be presented in the 2021/22 Season.
Plans are underway to bring Waterloo Region a variety of specially created live streamed video concerts from Centre In The Square starting in September. Programs will range from Signature to Pops, and Family to Kinderconcerts. And, if restrictions are further lifted during the 2020/2021 Season, the organization is looking at possible ways to present a modified in-person concert experience.
“Countless hours went into planning and preparing the originally planned program for the 2020/21 Season and, like all seasons, it was specifically crafted for presentation as a whole”, commented Executive Director Andrew Bennett (photo). “Shifting all of the programming by a year allows audiences to enjoy the original 2020/21 concerts presented as they were intended. It also allows us to fulfill our commitment to our subscribers and maintains the integrity of the artistic product, which is beneficial to both audiences and artists.”
With challenges comes a chance to innovate and reimagine, and we’ve been inspired by the opportunity we have in our 75th anniversary season” commented Board Chair Heather Galt. “We’ll be as active as always this season, and we’ll be reaching our audience in some new and exciting ways. We’re incredibly grateful for the support of the community and we’re committed to our mission of bringing joy through live orchestral music.”
Music Director Andrei Feher and the artistic team are preparing programs that will allow the orchestra to be physically distanced onstage, keeping musicians and staff members safe, while benefiting from the large concert stage at its home venue. Specifics in regards to dates, programs, and ticket prices will be announced later this summer. A sampling of new 2020/21 programming includes Mozart’s final and most famous symphony, No. 41 nicknamed Jupiter, symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, as well as special guest artists like Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood and crooner Michael Vanhevel.