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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) began in 1945 under the direction of Dr. Glenn Kruspe in an effort to accompany the Grand Philharmonic Choir. When Frederick Pohl succeeded Glenn Kruspe as Music Director, he founded the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra in 1966. The youth orchestra has since become a nationally recognized orchestral training program for young musicians. In 1971, famed conductor Raffi Armenian joined the KWS and accomplished great strides in developing the Centre in the Square, as well as saw the KWS evolve into a fully paid professional orchestra. He brought together 52 musicians who began touring across Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia, and have since made numerous recordings, including several JUNO award nominated pieces. Today, the KWS prides itself on offering a ‘diverse and rich concert season’ and it is the largest employer of artists and cultural workers in Waterloo Region.

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