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Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony to feature ABBA and Ray Charles

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If you think the symphony orchestra is stuffy and classical — you’ll be surprised with the upcoming season of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

Music Director Edwin Outwater revealed the 2013/14 line-up at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener Wednesday night.

Outwater tells 570 News they’ve become more adventurous and more untraditional in the seven years since he took the reins.

He says the Intersection Series continues to be progressive, and has the KWS doing things no other orchestra in the world has done.

And when it comes to the classics, Outwater says this year’s Signature Series keeps composers like Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Schoenberg relevant.

In fact, Outwater believes orchestra music is having a huge impact on modern music.

He says many electronic and rock artists are “obsessed with orchestra.”

Over 70 concert performances will take place across eight series in 2013/14.

It begins with the gala night which will feature Natalie MacMaster.

The Pops Series is diverse as well. One series will feature the Music of ABBA, while another will pay tribute to Ray Charles.

Outwater says the Baroque and Beyond Series is a “musician inspired series,” and has been curated by four KWS members.

The season will also feature the annual Kinderconcerts for kids, as well as the Family Series.

This year’s specials are PIXAR in Concert and Ballroom with a Twist — which will feature cast members of Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol.

The symphony also launched its mobile website, allowing patrons to view schedules and buy tickets from their smartphones.