We are completely heartbroken by the news on the afternoon of Thursday, September 21, that the symphony has declared bankruptcy.
However, we are so grateful for the astounding amount of support we've received - financial and otherwise - from all around the country in the past few days. Our work isn't done - we will continue to make music in the community and explore all options available to us to keep our orchestra alive. We want to reiterate that the GoFundMe campaign is run by the musicians, not the KWS board or management. Continued support to our campaign is greatly appreciated. Please continue to donate to all of these musicians whose jobs could not be saved.
Right now we aren't interested in pointing fingers or assigning blame - we are focused on finding a way to save the orchestra we all love. We don't know right now what can be done, but we are going to figure it out and we are going to do it. KWS has been performing for the people of Waterloo Region for 78 years. We are not going to stand by and watch it vanish in the blink of an eye.
Update - November 8th, 2023
Again, thank you. The strength you continue to give us cannot be understated.