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Music and Jazz

Numerous collaborations with Makoto Ozone, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Quentin Baxter, and Mark Inouye with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and others. Original combinations of standard orchestral repertoire arranged to feature jazz musicians including repertoire like Bolero, Pictures at an Exhibition, and more.

Hack The Orchestra

Edwin and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony partnered with Communitech (a groundbreaking tech hub in the Region of Waterloo) to organize “Hack the Orchestra” – the first hackathon in the world to give hackers a full professional orchestra and superb concert hall as a lab space. This 36-hour hackathon is was in the heart of Canada’s tech mecca and was open to young and less young – students and seasoned software developers. Hackers got to work with the full Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Music Director Edwin Outwater, guest conductor Carlos Izcaray, Centre In The Square tech crew and others. The KWS introduced the winning solutions during a set of KWS concerts in September, 2015. Some of the winning ideas are still in use in the organization.

Music and Food

Edwin partnered with local restaurateurs to present a concert about food.   Featuring works by Per Norgard, Lee Hoiby, Raymond Scott and others, each piece was accompanied by small plates provided by the restaurant. The finale of the concert was Lee Hoiby’s Bon Apetit!, a musical setting of a Julia Child recipe for gateau au chocolat. The cake referred to in the recipe was served to the audience while they listened to the piece.

Music and The Body

A collaboration with oboist Brian Seaton and mindfulness educator Meghan Johnson, this concert helps audiences better connect to music through body awareness.  The audiences is led through body scans, guided and free movement, and meditation while listening to the music of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Canadian composer Peter Hatch, Dvorak, and Albinoni.

Music and the Macabre

Edwin Outwater and author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) present an evening of horrifyingly funny music, including HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! performed by Handler.  Handler also creates original readings and narratives around his favorite horror movies, accompanied by the film scores.

Music and Writers

A collaboration with two eminent Canadian writers, Miriam Toews and Wayne Grady. The concert included author readings, music from their novels, and author interviews. The most compelling part of the program was a kind of game: each author was sent a “mystery piece” by an unidentified living composer. The author had to listen to the piece and write a response, do be read after the live performance of the piece in the concert.

Lemminkäinen Suite with Tess Girard: 

A KWS commission of a full video companion piece to Sibelius’s magical music by young video artist Tess Girard.

The Hands of Orlac with Scott Good

We commissioned Canadian Composer Scott Good to write a full length score to the early film masterpiece, The Hands of Orlac

The Geometry of Music: Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter

Edwin, the KWS, and special guests to explore a world of symmetry, pattern, and the intimate relationship between mathematics and music, with a focus on the beauty and elegance of geometry and its most passionate apostle, the late Donald Coxeter. Regarded as the greatest geometer of the 20th Century and one of Canada’s mathematical heroes, Coxeter’s influence is far-reaching. Performed on a specially constructed mirrored stage, this concert included a large orchestra/video commission by Dmitri Tymoczko, The Thousand Faces of Formas well as music by Bach and Cornelius Cardew, interwoven with interviews, images, and music by Coxeter himself.