Like so many in our community, the City of Kitchener was saddened to learn of the difficult decisions made by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) board this past weekend, impacting their 2023-24 season, their Youth Orchestra and their overall operations. 

The KW Symphony has been a key cultural institution and an integral part of our live music scene locally since 1945, delighting audiences throughout our region, across Canada and around the world.   

While the KWS Board of Directors evaluates next steps in dealing with the fiscal challenges facing their organization, we know this is a very difficult time for all concerned: from Musical Director Andrei Fehrer, to the musicians, staff and the board, as well as all who came before them in their respective roles. Our thoughts and support remain with them as they navigate through this challenging time. 

Along with city officials, I have been in touch with KW Symphony leadership today, and offered our continued support as they work through this difficult time. The City has also been communicating with our partners at the Centre in the Square and the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, to provide them with all necessary supports during this period of uncertainty. 

Kitchener Mayor, Berry Vrbanovic