Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony's Pops Series or Signature Series at Centre In The Square. For $99, you get one ticket apiece for orchestra A seating at your choice of three Pops Series ore Signature Series concerts (up to a $70 value each; up to a $210 total value). Children’s tickets are normally $11 per concert, and student tickets are normally $14 per concert. All concerts are held on Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open one hour before showtime. Tickets are not valid for the 8 p.m. "Cirque de la Symphonie" concerts on April 26 and 27.
"An All-Gershwin Evening" (January 25–26)
Led by Music Director Edwin Outwater, the symphony will perform a revue of beloved Gershwin classics. Expect to hear the overture to Girl Crazy, the flightily paced crescendos of An American in Paris, and the famous clarinet glissando of Rhapsody in Blue.
A multimedia presentation celebrates films and soundtracks from the most magical place on earth. Four vocalists delve into the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious songs of Mary Poppins, the swashbuckling tunes from Pirates of the Caribbean, and hits from other titles such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
"Pierre Schryer" (March 22–23)
This show takes you on a tour of Celtic music, led by the virtuosic fiddling of Pierre Schryer. With the help of the symphony and Schryer's bandmates, the show celebrates Canadian-Celtic heritage with step dancing set to lively tunes.
"Cirque de la Symphonie" (April 27)
After a three-year absence, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Centre in the Square for a musical demonstration of their physical prowess. The all-new show features amazing acrobatic stunts accompanied by symphonic music.
"Tap!" (May 24–25)
Acclaimed tap dancer Max Pollak stars in Morton Gould's Tap Dance Concerto. John Morris Russell leads the symphony, the audience, and the dancers down a path pebbled with Irish step dancing, clogging, and flamenco choreography.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.