In Thursday’s (9/16) Waterloo Region Record (Ontario), Valerie Hill writes, “After three years as the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony’s music director, Edwin Outwater is just getting rolling, so he was pleased when the symphony extended his contract to 2015. ‘I’m very happy,’ said Outwater in an exclusive interview prior to the public announcement Thursday. Outwater’s four-year contract would not expire until spring 2011 but given he is a hot commodity in the music world, the symphony decided to re-sign him for an extended period before he was lured away. … The California native certainly had his hands full when he arrived in 2007 after a five-year stint as resident conductor at the San Francisco Symphony as well as guest conductor with various orchestras in the U.S. … Under his direction, the symphony introduced innovative new programming including the Intersection series, which blends orchestral music with other, unique genres. … Also close to his heart is the expanded education program, which brings music to schoolchildren, particularly those from low-income families who now have an opportunity to learn to play an instrument or sing.”

Posted September 16, 2010