VOLUME 1 | ISSUE 17 | KW Symphony Presents: The Grand Finale

by: Andrea Kowk

After an amazing season of concerts and specials the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) will be bringing Beethoven’s classic the Seventh Symphony to the Centre and the Square for this season‘s Grand Finale.

The Finale will be led by famed conductor and KWS music director Edwin Outwater and the famous North American conducting group, The Gryphon Trio, at the Centre in the Square from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27.

The Grand Finale will kick off Friday night with Perennials written by Canada’s own Michael Oesterle. Originally from Germany, Oesterle spent most of his life in Canada. He is known for writing in the contemporary classical genre and has been performed by ensembles all over the world including Toronto, Chicago and Paris. He has also won many awards including the Jules Leger Prize for Chamber Music, and has worked with many different artists; most notably animator Chris Hinton on their Genie-winning National Film Board of Canada short cNote.

KWS will then transition into the classic sound of the Concerto for Violin; Cello, and Piano in C Major as was originally composed by one of history’s greatest composers, Beethoven, before they end the night with the Seventh Symphony in A Major.

The second day plans to be a fun-filled day for the whole family, as the KWS will prove to be more upbeat and fresh. They’ll be bringing people back to their neighbourhoods by making them come alive through music. This concert will showcase the sounds that all composers write about when they tell their stories in song of the places where they have grown up or significant places they have lived. Here KWS will create sounds like songbirds, school bells and even lawnmowers that will let you think of your neighbourhood in a whole new way.

The concert will not be the only thing to enjoy. The lobby of the Centre in the Square will host a pre-Concert full of activities sure to bring families both young and old together for an hour of fun. The art gallery will also be open.

New this season is Music for Youth who will be holding sessions before each concert. Afterwards, KWS will offer children the opportunity to have their first music lesson with any instrument that they want.

This amazing concert will end all three nights of the Grand Finale with the famous classic, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in A Major which is considered one of the greatest pieces of all time. It starts with a long ascending scales and cascading series of modulations of C Major and F Major. It includes four movements and runs nearly37 minutes long. Canada’s famous Gryphon Trio will conduct the KWS.

Music Director Edwin Outwater will put the Grand Finale of the season together. Outwater has been a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 2007 and has since revitalized the orchestra while gaining international attention for his brilliant and innovative performances. He has also led the KWS to commercial success this year by having the KWS release their first commercial record in over 10 years.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is fortunate to have all three nights led by the Gryphon Trio. This group of three consists of Canada’s top musicians. They’ve won many awards and are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. With the Trio’s style ranging from traditional to the contemporary; European classicism to modern-day multimedia, they are expected to bring a show that will send shivers up your spine. The award-winning ensemble is comprised of violinist, Annalee Patipatanakoon, who grew up in Calgary and now resides as an Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto’s faculty of music. cellist Roman Borys is a native of Toronto and one of Canada’s most active chamber musicians. He also founded the Gryphon Trio and oversees the production and development. Lastly, is pianist Jamie Parker. Parker is one of Canada’s best know, versatile and brilliant pianists, even completing his masters at the prestigious Julliard school in New York.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is no stranger to big performances even recently being able to perform behind Tony award winner Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Glee) as she taped her PBS show in Toronto this year. They were also featured on the nominated Classical Composition of the Year recording Tapestries at the 2012 Junos.

After a season of incredible performances and once in a lifetime opportunities, the Grand Finale is expected to be the perfect ending. Having the Gryphon Trio come together with Kitchener-Waterloo’s top musicians the Grand Finale is shaping up to be one weekend that will be fun for the whole family.


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