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Posted February 21, 2013

Arts & Culture

Outwater and the KW Symphony: Truly Exciting 2013/14 Season

Kitchener/Waterloo - Music Director Edwin Outwater and Executive Director Genevieve Twomey announced the 2013/14 Season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). The upcoming Season includes vibrant and dynamic programming and a few surprises that will inspire, entertain and transport audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. In addition to launching the 2013/14 Season, the KWS announced a new mobile website that will allow patrons to access concert information and purchase tickets from their smartphones.

In its 68th season, the KWS will present over 70 concert performances across eight distinct series with more than 35 special guest artists and over 180 works of music.

“This will be Edwin’s seventh season as Music Director with the KWS. In this season he will continue to present creative programming that surprises and captivates, inspires and entertains,” said Twomey. “Each season our goal is to present a diverse range of concerts with something for everyone and the 2013/14 season is no exception.”

The Season will open with a gala celebration: A Beautiful Night with Natalie MacMaster. This unique evening will feature the KWS in concert with Nova Scotia powerhouse MacMaster at the Centre In The Square, followed by a joyous Cape Breton style ceilidh at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.

“I am so excited about our 2013/14 Season,” said Outwater. “This Season we will move through a vast landscape of sounds and experiences from Brahms and Beethoven to ambient electronica to music and meditation. It’s always a joy when I get to share my plans for the season with our community.”

The KWS is pleased to welcome back Sun Life Financial for the eighth straight year as Season Sponsor. “After hearing about this year’s diverse and creative concert schedule, we are excited to continue supporting the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as Season Sponsor,” says Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial. “Sun Life Financial is committed to connecting with people through arts and culture in the communities where we live and work. The Symphony’s dynamic programming is sure to enrich the lives of those who attend these performances and will contribute to making the Waterloo Region a more vibrant cultural community.”

The 2013/14 Signature Series will showcase the artistry and flexibility of the KWS alongside world-class soloists including Jon Kimura Parker, piano and Karen Gomyo, violin. The series opens with Anton Kuerti’s return to the KWS to play Beethoven’s sparkling and elegant Piano Concerto No. 1. Masterworks on the series include Mozart, Symphony No. 40; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, Pathétique; Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, among others. The series concludes with the infectious rhythms of Stravinsky’s imaginative Petrushka.

The Pops Series is all about entertainment; beginning with MacMaster the series will also feature the Latin sounds of Tiempo Libre, The Music of ABBA, the Music of John Williams and Steven Spielberg, a Ray Charles Tribute, Superhero scores and the return of the enormously popular Yuletide Spectacular.

The always innovative Intersections Series continues to push boundaries with adventurous performances and unexpected collaborations. The series begins with an Intersections Encore concert featuring some favourites from the past five years: Lizée, ‘2012: Triple Concerto for Power Trio: Fantasia on Themes by Rush’ and two epic orchestral works by indie superstar Dan Deacon, written especially for the KWS. The program will also be presented at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The series will continue with an unconventional concert of engaged listening and mindful movement guided by mindfulness educator Meaghan Johnson and oboist Brian Seaton, and an exploration of Electronica with two of the genre’s most celebrated artists, Daniel Lopatin and Tim Hecker.

The Baroque & Beyond Series takes on a new format this season and will be curated by members of the KWS; Ian Whitman, James Mason, Nancy Wharton and Allene Chomyn. Edwin Outwater will conduct a program of Concerto grossi, his first appearance on this series. The KWS will also welcome back guest conductors Eric Paetkau and Joseph Lanza.

A Saturday morning tradition, Kinderconcerts, will continue to be presented at both the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts and the Waterloo Region Museum. The Saturday afternoon Family Series, led by Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, shares the joy of orchestral music with the whole family.

Additional season highlights include two special concerts, PIXAR in Concert and Ballroom with a Twist. PIXAR in concert features visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies. Ballroom with a Twist was choreographed by Louis van Amstel and features cast members from Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.

“Each year the announcement of our upcoming season marks an important moment for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony” said Twomey. “We are so proud of the incredible range of programming we offer in this region and are pleased to share what we have planned for audiences in the coming year. We welcome everyone and invite everyone to ‘Do Something Great Tonight’.”

The KWS would like to thank the following sponsors: Season: Sun Life Financial; Signature Series: The Economical Insurance Group; Music Director Edwin Outwater’s Podium Sponsor: BMO Financial Group; Pops Series: Heffner Lexus; Gala: BMO Harris Private Banking; Family Series: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.; Baroque & Beyond Series: Karen Wilkinson; Matinée Series: The Dunfield Retirement Residence; Intersections Series co-title sponsors: The C3 Group and KPMG.

Signature Series Concerts

Anton Kuerti Returns!                                                                         October 4 - 5, 2013

Edwin Outwater

Anton Kuerti, piano


Scott Good: What the Chickpea said to the Cook - KSWO commission

Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, op.15

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, op.60


Mozart Pianist and Conductor                                                       October 25 - 26, 2013

David Greilsammer,piano/conductor


Mozart: Piano concerto no. 8

Mozart: Symphony no. 40

Mozart: Symphony no. 23 in D Major

Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 17


Tchaikovsky s Pathétique                                                           November 29 - 30, 2013

Edwin Outwater

Martin Limoges, horn

Nicholas Phan, tenor


Britten: Courtly Dances, from Gloriana

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, op.31

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Zhang Plays Rachmaninoff                                                               January 17-18, 2014

Courtney Lewis, conductor

Haochen Zhang, piano


Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Michael Oesterie: Short Symphony

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture


Paris Festival: From the Concert Hall to the Cabaret                  February 14-15, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano


Dukas: Fanfare from La Peri

Adam: Si J Étais Roi Overture

Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor for Piano & Orchestra, op.22

Satie: La belle excentrique: Grand rituornelle

Ibert: Divertissment

Milhaud: La Boeuf sur le Toit

Offenbach, Can-Can  from Orpheus in the Underworld



Brahms the Progressive, Schoenberg the Romantic                       March 21-22, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Jon Kimura Parker, piano


Schoenberg, Discussion and excerpts on Transfigured Night

Schoenberg, Transfigured Night /Verklarte Nacht

Brahms, Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano, op.15             


Billy the Kid and West Side Story                                                              May, 2-4, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Scott Beluz, countertenor


Copland, Suite from Billy the Kid

Bernstein, Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra

Henry Cowell, Synchrony

Bernstein, Symphonic Dances, from West Side Story         


Petrushka Finale                                                                                      May, 30-31, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Karen Gomyo, violin


Sokolovic, Ringelspiel

Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto

Stravinsky, Pétrushka           


Pops Series


Natalie MacMaster                                                                         September 27-28, 2013

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Natalie MacMaster, fiddle


Williams and Spielberg                                                                      November 1-2, 2013

Michael Krajewski, conductor


Yuletide Spectacular!                                                                       December 13-14, 2013

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Grand Philharmonic Children's Chorus

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Eleanor McCain, soprano

Brigham Philips, piano

Classical Dance Conservatory

Quartetto Gelato                                                                                 January 24-25, 2014

Evan Mitchell, conductor


Tiempo Libre                                                                                     February 21-22, 2014

Evan Mitchell, conductor

KWSYO side-by-side


ABBA                                                                                                    March 28-29, 2014

Richard Sidwell, conductor

ABBA tribute band


Music of Ray Charles                                                                        April 25-26, 2014

Matt Catingub, conductor/sax/vocals

Steve Moretti, drums

Aubin Wise, vocals


Superheroes!!                                                                                          May 23-24, 2014

John Morris Russell, conductor



Matinée Series


Anton Kuerti Returns!                                                                              October 6, 2013

Edwin Outwater

Anton Kuerti, piano


Scott Good, What the Chickpea said to the Cook - KSWO commission

Beethoven, Concerto No. 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, op.15

Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Beethoven, Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, op.60


Williams and Spielberg                                                                         November 2, 2013

Michael Krajewski, conductor


Yuletide Spectacular!                                                                          December 14, 2013

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Grand Philharmonic Children's Chorus

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Eleanor McCain, soprano

Brigham Philips, piano

Classical Dance Conservatory

Programme to include:

The Snowman - film with orchestra


Paris Festival: The Salon                                                                      February 16, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Cameron Crozman, cello

Lori Gemmell, harp


Fauré, Masques et bergamasques, op.112

Saint-Saëns, Concerto No.1 in A minor for Violoncello & Orchestra, op.33

Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane

Bizet, Symphony No.1 in C major     


Billy the Kid and West Side Story                                                                  May 4, 2014

Edwin Outwater

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Scott Beluz, countertenor


Copland, Suite from Billy the Kid

Bernstein, Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra

Henry Cowell, Synchrony

Bernstein, Symphonic Dances, from West Side Story         


Superheroes!!                                                                                                 May 24, 2014

John Morris Russell, conductor


Intersections Series


Intersections Encores                                                                        November 7-8, 2013

Edwin Outwater, conductor

Dan Deacon, electronics

Sam Sowyrda, vibraphone

Steve Raegele, guitar

Ben Reimer, drums

Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, electric bass guitar



Sound in Motion: Music and the Body                                             February 6-7, 2014

Edwin Outwater, conductor

Meaghan Johnson, mindfulness educator



Electronic Atmospheres:                                                                         April 3-4, 2014

Daniel Lopatin, Tim Hecker, William Britelle

Edwin Outwater



Baroque & Beyond Series


Barely Beyond Baroque                                                            October 9, 11 & 12, 2013

Curated by Ian Whitman, Principal Bass

Eric Paetkau, guest conductor

Christine Vlajk, viola


L. Mozart, Sinfonia di caccia(Jagsinfonie) 

Telemann, Viola Concerto in G major 

C.P.E. Bach, Sinfonia in E minor

          Haydn, Symphony No. 8 in G major Le Soir  



Concerto Grossi                                                                   November 20, 22 & 23, 2013

Curated by Nancy Wharton, Section Cello

Edwin Outwater, conductor


Corelli, Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 1

Tippet, Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

Bartok, Divertimento


Anniversaries                                                                                                April 9, 11 & 12, 2014

Curated by Jim Mason, Principal Oboe

Joseph Lanza, leader

Julie Baumgartel, violin


J.P. Rameau, Dardamus Suite

C.P.E. Bach, Symphony in G major

J.M. Leclair, Concerto for violin in a minor

Francis Poulenc, Suite Francaise 

Benjamin Britten, Sinfonietta 


Glorious Gran Partita                                                                                      May 7, 9 & 10, 2014

Curated by Allene Chomyn, Section 1st Violin

Evan Mitchell, conductor


Gabrieli - Canzona Per Sonare no. 1 "La Spiritata" 

Gabrieli - Canzona per Sonare no. 2

Haydn Divertimento in G Major Hob. II:2

Mozart, Serenade No. 10 - Gran Partita for Winds




Pixar in Concert                                                                                      February 26, 2014


Ballroom with a Twist                                                                                    May 14, 2014

Family Series

Boisterous Beethoven                                                                            October 26, 2013

Evan Mitchell, conductor


Peter and the Wolf                                                                                   January 18, 2014

Evan Mitchell, conductor


Tenors, Trumpets and la Traviata!                                                           March 22, 2014

Evan Mitchell, conductor






Bella the Tuba Gets Her Melody                                               November 16 & 23, 2013

KWS Brass Quintet


Carnival of Arctic Animals                                              January 11 & February 1, 2014

KWS String Trio


Tunes and Tarantellas                                                                           April 5 & 12, 2014

KWS Musicians

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