Spring 2022 Message

Spring brings with it revival, warmer weather, and a chance to be together again, among friends. This spring has also brought a return to concerts and performances with live audiences. 

On the afternoon of May 8, 2022 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at Victoria Park Pavilion, we are excited to present All Good Things – A Farewell Concert. Ben Bolt Martin, our principal conductor since 2011, will be premiering his cello concerto, Among Friends, which he has composed and dedicated to the members of the Waterloo Chamber Players and in which he will perform the solo part. Well-known local director and musician, Dan Warren, will conduct the performance. This concert is possible thanks to the generous support of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the City of Kitchener. Want a sneak peek of Ben’s new concerto? Last year we recorded a performance of the coda which can be found here: Among Friends: Coda.

The program will also include a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. From the moment of its premiere in Vienna on December 8th, 1813 audiences have been enthralled with the second movement, marked Allegretto. In fact, the audience was so captivated that they immediately demanded an encore. It remains popular to this day, featured in many movies, most recently The King’s Speech. Ben Bolt Martin will be on the podium. (Beethoven Symphony #7 at the Concertgebouw)

This concert is our farewell tribute to Ben, who is moving on to other musical endeavours. We wish him all the best! 

Please continue to check our website for details about next season! We are in the midst of planning some exciting programs, as well as a summer concert with guest artist, Ian Tanner, a talented singer/songwriter and instrumentalist. Ian, and the members of our orchestra, completed an exciting project in the fall of 2021, producing two wonderful videos: Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles and Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel.

We are grateful for the support of our music community throughout the past two years and look forward to greeting our audience at our first live concert of the season. For the safety of all our guests and musicians, we are asking all of our audience members to provide proof of vaccination, and to remain masked while in attendance.

“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.” – Aaron Copland

Reinvigorate your spirit with beautiful music by joining us on May 8th! Happy Spring!