Kingston Symphony returns to the stage with Masterworks concert ‘What’s Next?’

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The Kingston Symphony is returning to the stage for the first time in almost two years. What’s Next?, the first Masterworks concert of the 2021-2022 season, will be streamed live from the Isabel Bader Centre.

Tickets are on sale now, and the performance will be broadcast on the Kingston Symphony’s YouTube channel on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. Details on the performance and how to access the live stream were provided by the Symphony in a release dated Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

Masterworks 1 – What’s Next? is a program filled with deep, rich, beautiful, and emotionally resonant music. The concert will include Austin Wintory’s Nascence and Apotheosis, Ryan Trew’s Come Closer featuring soprano Rachel Krehm, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. All three composers featured on this program provide a thematic arc of ‘triumph over challenge’ in their works.

“The pandemic has been an extraordinary challenge for all arts organizations, but we at the Kingston Symphony have managed to stay connected to our audiences by virtue of our pioneering digital programming,” said Music Director Evan Mitchell. “With that in mind, we are in the business of live performances, and so our return to the stage marks an occasion of great celebration. We wanted to consider it carefully. The three pieces on this program represent the essence of what the Kingston Symphony provides, concert after concert. The selections from the Suite to Journey are surprising and engaging. Come Closer is a deeply personal and emotional offering. And, our performance of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony showcases our resilience and our drive to finish our celebrated Beethoven cycle. This concert was designed to prove that we absolutely won’t be stopped, that we are already rising above this once-in-a-century obstacle.”

This concert will be live-streamed on the Kingston Symphony’s YouTube channel. Tickets are $15 plus HST and can be purchased at

For this concert, there is no option to attend in person. The Symphony said their goal is to return to live performances with an audience in the concert hall as soon as they possibly can. The Meet The Music pre-concert talk, hosted by Maestro Evan Mitchell, will take place at 2:00 p.m., and access is included with ticket purchase.

Over the past 18 months, the Kingston Symphony has provided their audience with innovative and exciting digital programming like the creation of the Harmon in Space series for children, the premiere of Dean Burry’s Nijmegen Bridge 1944 and the Kingston Symphony at Home videos.

The Symphony said they look forward to welcoming back the orchestra to the stage this season, and they are committed to continuing some of their digital offerings including a second season of Harmon in Space.

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