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. They offer a schedule of rehearsals and sectionals coached by KWS musicians along with guest coaches.
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. They play in many venues across the region and Guelph, including:
- Centre in the Square, Kitchener
- Central Presbyterian Church, Cambridge
- Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, Kitchener
- First United Church, Waterloo
- Harcourt United Church, Guelph
- Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener
- Woolwich Memorial Centre, Elmira
To see a list of upcoming shows, visit the events calendar on the KWS website. There are tickets available for students and anyone under 18 to enjoy unlimited KWS concerts for $60. Each ticket costs less than $2 if students enjoy every show, and they have access to the best available seats.
For more information on the schedule, subscriptions, tickets and more, contact Patron Services.
As a registered charity, supporters may also choose to donate to the KWS.