April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science

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In a surprising and inspired collaboration, the KITCHENER-WATERLOO SYMPHONY, Music Director EDWIN OUTWATER, and the University of Waterloo’s INSTITUTE FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING have created an exciting exploration of the parallels between music and science. This mash-up of art and the quantum world reveals that, like everything else, music operates at nature’s tiniest and most fundamental level – the quantum level – and that art and science have always followed a parallel course: by turns ruled by order and tradition, then by innovation, then by new rules and paradigms.

Accompanied by narration and video, the storyline moves from Newton’s falling-apple physics to the counterintuitive world of the quantum realm, with the help of classical Mozart, contemporary Webern, and avant-garde works by Xenakis and Cage.

video: The Making of the Quantum Symphony
The Making of the Quantum Symphony


  • Music Director Edwin Outwater
  • Narrator Ann Baggley
  • Host Raymond Laflamme