Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announces 2021/22 season
KWS announced the eagerly awaited 2021/22 season on its website this morning at 10 a.m. EDT with digital concerts that will be broadcast throughout the fall.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is ready to perform again this fall for an orchestra-hungry audience locally and around the world with a new cast of inspiring digital concerts. Tickets are now available at www.kwsymphony.ca.
Maestro Andrei Feher leads KWS in its fourth season as music director with works by Beethoven, Berlioz and Prokofjew and is accompanied by audience favorites Lucas Waldin, David Greilsammer and Evan Mitchell to a series of programs with guest artists from all over Germany Canada. In addition to the classic selection, there are musical styles that range from the traditional melodies of Bourbon Street in New Orleans to the folk groove of Simon & Garfunkel. And of course, the Yuletide Spectacular, a vacation favorite that has become a tradition for many families in the region, airs in the middle of the Christmas season.
“Our musicians are so excited to go back to work and share with you the pure joy of making music in a safe environment,” said KWS Managing Director Andrew Bennett. “We miss your applause and look forward to welcoming you as our guests in the coming months. Until then, you can enjoy our specially designed performances in the comfort of your own home. “
All online concerts are recorded live in the Center In The Square and broadcast online directly to the ticket holders’ apartments. KWS ‘digital concerts are created with high-quality audio, video and impressive multi-camera recordings that offer viewers a unique concert experience.
Online streams will begin on the evening of the concert at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be available on-demand until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday of the same weekend. Multiple prices are available for the online concert streams, which increases flexibility and allows the audience to choose their price.
“As we navigate the seemingly ever-changing public health regulations, predictions and situations, we have planned a 2021-22 season that maintains flexibility and ensures we can respond to the evolving rules and needs of our guests . “Says Bennett. “Our goal is to meet and respect the needs of everyone when we open our performances to a personal live audience, once we have the collective trust that we are doing the right thing for our customers, musicians and staff.”
Maestro Feher emphasized the unbelievable warmth that he has experienced from symphony fans over the past 18 months: “From the bottom of my heart: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your patience, good wishes and generosity over the past year have been critical to our continuity and have encouraged us to reaffirm our commitment to inspire and unite the Kitchener-Waterloo community through music. “
KWS 2021/22 digital autumn concert line-up
Parade on Bourbon Street
Friday, October 15, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Lucas Waldin, driver
Michael Kaeshammer, piano
Boogie down to Bourbon Street with the virtuoso Canadian pianist Michael Kaeshammer and a KWS Pops favorite, conductor Lucas Waldin. With New Orleans standards like The Saints Go Marching In, St. James Infirmary, and The Basin Street Blues, this program brings a fresh take on the music of the Big Easy.
Beethoven and Prokofiev
Friday, October 29, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Andrei Feher, conductor
Kerson Leong, violin
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A major
Andrei Feher’s fourth season as music director begins with a passionate enthusiasm for timeless composers. Together with the Canadian violinist Kerson Leong, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is both cool and delicate, filled with furious virtuoso violin passages. The most exuberant of his symphonies, Beethoven’s Visceral Symphony No. 7, has thrilled audiences since its premiere. As a contrast between musical optimism and serious, gloomy tones, it builds on the irrepressible swirling energy of the finale.
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Andrei Feher, conductor
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano
Berlioz: summer nights
Ana Sokolovic: Ringelspiel
Tomasi: Liturgical bands
Dreamy. Heavenly. Sublimate! The French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne explores all corners of these wafer-thin soundscapes in Berlioz’s song cycle Les nuits d’eté. Henri Tomasis Fanfares liturgiques, taken from an early opera by the composer, shows scenes of Christian funeral procession and divine revivals. Ana Sokolovic navigates through the nostalgia and naivety of the machine age in her depictions of a carousel in a ring game.
Feelin ‘Groovy: Simon & Garfunkel
Friday, December 3, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Evan Mitchell, conductor
Jim Witter, soloist
After an impressive audience with his Piano Men concert, Jim Witter returns by popular demand with a brand new show with the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Take a musical journey through the 60s and 70s with timeless songs like Bye Bye Love, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson and Slip Slidin ‘Away. Get ready to drop your hair and take off your shoes!
Spectacular Christmas party
Friday, December 17, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
Evan Mitchell, conductor
KWS crowd favorite Evan Mitchell returns to lead the Waterloo region’s cherished Christmas tradition – a spectacle with Christmas favorites, singers, dances, choirs and special guests. After making its impressive debut two seasons ago, the Waterloo Region Mass Choir returns with its powerful, uplifting voices alongside the Grand Philharmonic Choir to spread the joy of the season.
Elegance and emotion
Friday, January 7th, 2021 | 8:00 p.m.
David Greilsammer, conductor / piano
Rameau: Platée: dance suite
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, tragic
A night full of elegance and lightheartedness awaits you in this concert of spirited works full of vitality. Although sometimes called tragic, Schubert’s sublime Symphony No. 4 contains as much bubbling, youthful power as tragedy. Strongly influenced by jazz, Ravel’s Piano Concerto is easy, imaginative and in the spirit of Mozart. Rameau’s lively and lively suite is a far cry from the refined and poignant French courtly dances of the time.