The KWS return to the live stage for not one, but two performances with celebrated Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin led by Music Director Andrei Feher.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) performs for live, in-person audiences once again after 23 months. With only 500 people permitted in live concert halls under the new capacity restrictions in Ontario, the KWS has opened a second performance on Saturday, February 12th at Centre In The Square.
“It is going to be an amazing atmosphere returning to the stage for live audiences again for two shows that weekend” said Music Director Andrei Feher. “We musicians feed off the energy in the building and are beyond excited to perform for live audiences once again”.
Maestro Feher is joined by Canadian superstar pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. “It is an incredible piece that was well before its time, a true gift that Beethoven gave the world” shared Feher. “Emperor is triumphant, filled with beauty, and Charles is the perfect person to perform this concerto with us”.
With capacity limits at 500 guest per evening,there is plenty of space to keep patrons safe and comfortable in the 2,000-seat concert hall at Centre In The Square. “The safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, volunteers, and CITS staff has been our foremost priority throughout the pandemic months” said KWS Executive Director Andrew Bennett. “These restrictions provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to return to the concert hall safely. We know the evenings will be rewarding for musicians and audiences alike and we are taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe”.
The Symphony has a robust health and safety procedures on its website. Key highlights for patrons attending the performances include vaccine certificates with QR codes needed to enter Centre In The Square, masking is required at all times, and there is no intermission or food and beverages at the performances.
Tickets from $29 ($13 for children) are available at www.kwsymphony.ca