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1 - RACHMANINOFF & TCHAIKOVSKY

Natasha Paremski, piano

Part of the A Series

FRI SEPTEMBER 30 | 8 PM
SAT OCTOBER 1 | 8 PM

Edwin Outwater, Conductor
Natasha Paremski, Piano

Mason Bates: Mothership
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor

The KWS season opens with Mason Bates’ innovative Mothership, combining the
sound of the full orchestra with pulsing electronica and surprise soloists from far outside the box. KWS favourite Natasha Paremski returns to play Rachmaninoff’s most challenging and thrilling concerto. Tchaikovsky’s fateful Fourth Symphony, full of dazzling solo and ensemble moments for the orchestra, closes this rousing and exciting opening program.

2 - EDWIN'S FINAL BEETHOVEN

Bénédicte Lauzière, violin

Part of the B Series

FRI OCTOBER 28 | 8 PM
SAT OCTOBER 29 | 8 PM

Edwin Outwater, Conductor
Bénédicte Lauzière, Violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Edwin Outwater’s ten-year journey through all nine Beethoven symphonies with the KWS concludes with the first he ever conducted and one very dear to his heart, Symphony No. 2. Korngold, equally known for his lush and romantic orchestral music and film scores, is in the spotlight as Concertmaster Bénédicte Lauzière plays his gorgeous Violin Concerto. Rounding out the program are the familiar melodies and ecstasies of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody; the KWS
plays the spectacular orchestral version.

3 - DEBUTS AND BIJOUX

Anastasia Rizikov, piano

Part of the A Series

FRI NOVEMBER 25 | 8 PM
SAT NOVEMBER 26 | 8 PM

Andrei Feher, Conductor
Anastasia Rizikov, Piano

Champagne: Mouvement symphonique No. 1
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Rabaud: La procession nocturne
Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)

Romanian-Hungarian- Canadian conductor Andrei Feher is a protégé of Yannick
Nézet-Séguin and Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. He makes his KWS debut with a program of French and Canadian jewels, from the beloved Mother Goose suite to the evocative music of Rabaud, a contemporary of Debussy. Rising star Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov also makes her KWS debut playing
Ravel’s exquisite G Major Piano Concerto.

4 - CHOPIN MEDALIST

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Part of the B Series

FRI JANUARY 13 | 8 PM
SAT JANUARY 14 | 8 PM

Christian Reif, Conductor
Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in G major
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Classical

Canadian pianist Charles Richard- Hamelin recently won the Silver Medal and the Krystian Zimerman prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition and instantly became one of the world’s most sought-after pianists. He joins the KWS to play Mozart’s expansive C Major Concerto, K. 466. Christian Reif, a Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, joins the KWS for Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, the delightful Classical.

5 - BEILMAN PLAYS SIBELIUS

Benjamin Beilman, violin

Part of the A Series

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FRI FEBRUARY 17 | 8 PM
SAT FEBRUARY 18 | 8 PM

Edwin Outwater, Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor
Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C major

Sibelius is one of Edwin Outwater’s favourite composers, and there have been many memorable performances of his music during his tenure. In a program full of intensity, mystery and passion, Edwin conducts Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony, a work that is at once compact and epic. Making his KWS debut playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Benjamin Beilman is one of the fastest rising young violinists in
the world. The program begins with Mozart’s 25th Symphony, a dark and dramatic work.

6 - BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH

Larry Larson, trumpet

Part of the B Series

FRI MARCH 24 | 8 PM
SAT MARCH 25 | 8 PM

Michael Christie, Conductor
Larry Larson, Trumpet

Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
John Estacio: Trumpet Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Principal Trumpet Larry Larson makes a welcome return as soloist in exciting premiere performances of a trumpet concerto by one of Canada’s most beloved composers, John Estacio. A co-commission with 18 Canadian orchestras, this highly anticipated new work will be played across the country. American conductor Michael Christie, currently Music Director of the Minnesota Opera, leads this exciting program, which also includes one of Beethoven’s best-known compositions, the famous Fifth Symphony, and Verdi’s most beloved overture.

7 - DVOŘÁK'S CELLO CONCERTO

Johannes Moser, cello

Part of the A Series

FRI APRIL 21 | 8 PM
SAT APRIL 22 | 8 PM

Edwin Outwater, Conductor
Johannes Moser, Cello

Riho Esko Maimets: New commission
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor

Internationally renowned Canadian-German cellist Johannes Moser makes his
KWS debut playing Dvořák’s magnificent Concerto — symphonic in scale, with
gloriously beautiful writing for both cello and orchestra. Edwin Outwater pairs this
with Brahms’ Third Symphony, one of his most personal and intimate orchestral works. Young Canadian composer Riho Esko Maimets writes a brand new piece for the KWS, the latest commission in a long line of new works written for the orchestra during Edwin’s tenure.

8 - GRAND FINALE: EDWIN'S FAREWELL

Edwin Outwater, KWS Music Director

Part of the B Series

FRI MAY 26 | 8 PM
SAT MAY 27 | 8 PM

Edwin Outwater, Conductor
Grand Philharmonic Choir

John Adams: Harmonium
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”

Join us for Edwin Outwater’s final concert as Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Featuring the Grand Philharmonic Choir, John Adams’ Harmonium is a stunning choral setting of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Like our Music Director, Mahler’s First Symphony both embraces the past and looks boldly and brightly towards the future. A concert of celebration and adventure!