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 see four concerts from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony's Pops Series at The Centre In The Square. All four concerts take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $70, you get one ticket for orchestra seating in section C for all four concerts (up to a $144 value).
- For $94, you get one ticket for orchestra seating in section B for all four concerts (up to a $192 value).
- For $120, you get one tickets for orchestra seating in section A for all four concerts (up to a $244 value).
The four concerts include:
"Sci-Fi Fantasy: An Evening of Blockbusters" (November 2–3)
Grammy-winning conductor Victor Vanacore leads the orchestra as he summons the scores from classic sci-fi soundtracks. The evening captures the blue majesty of the eco-activist aliens in Avatar, the force-possessing pageantry of the intergalactic rebels from Star Wars, the time-travelling marriage of a DeLorean and a flux capacitor in Back to the Future, and the true-to-life exploration of New York in the 1980s represented in Ghostbusters.
"Yuletide Spectacular" (December 14–15)
With resounding vocals from the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Children's Choir and lush choreography from the Classical Dance Conservatory, the symphony decks its listeners' ear halls with yuletide splendour. The concert ties together selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas and White Christmas, as well as popular sing-alongs.
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.
"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.