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Posted December 1, 2011

Spreading the Good Cheer

KWS spreads the Holiday spirit with a symphony orchestra, Christmas carols, a classic holiday tale and good cheer for the whole family!

Kitchener - Joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) in a favourite family holiday tradition will be the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Synergy Handbell Choir , dancers from the Classical Dance Conservatory , and guest narrator Alex Mustakas . Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell takes the podium at the Centre In The Square for performances at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17 and a special matinee performance on Saturday, December 17 at 2:30 pm.

Even the meanest Scrooge will change his tune after experiencing this fun concert of Christmas favourites. From the peaceful: massed choir singing Silent Night and solo violins performing Bach’s Ave Maria , to the energetic: dance to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers and handbell performance of Carol of the Bells , to the downright raucous: orchestral Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson – complete with horse whip – this concert is sure to delight people of all ages.

The last ‘bah humbug’ will be well drowned out by the spine tingling energy of the entire Centre In The Square – artists and audience members alike – joining together in the holiday spirit to sing several traditional Christmas carols.

As a special treat, Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, will narrate The Polar Express to a live musical soundtrack and images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story.

“This will be a true festive celebration of the incredible local talent we have here in Waterloo Region,” stated Executive Director Genevieve Twomey. “It is particularly wonderful to see such talented young singers and dancers performing on stage with the KWS. There is no better way to celebrate the holidays with your family in such a fine musical tradition.”

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