The Classical World Artists series is a staple of Perimeter's Event Horizons programming. In the past, we have brought such world-renowned musicians as
Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, the Hagen String Quartet, Joshua Bell, Evelyn Glennie, and Emanuel Ax to Waterloo. Our 2019-2020 season will again welcome top, international-calibre artists, exploring classical music traditions from around the world. Whether you're a classical devotee or simply interested in exploring a rich musical experience, we invite you to join us for an intimate evening in the company of innovative, world-class artists.

The Black Hole Bistro is open at 5:30 pm for dinner before each concert. Reservations are required and may be made by email.


General - $88

Students with valid ID - $55

Seat selection is available for all concerts.

Please note: Concert dates and programmes are subject to change without notice. Please return to this web page for current information.


Concerto Italiano, Baroque Ensemble
Thursday, January 16, 2020 AT 7:30 PM

Founder and conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini’s early music ensemble, Concerto Italiano, came into existence in 1984. Its birth coincides with that of the revival of early music in Italy and is, in no small part, responsible for it. Monteverdi, Bach and Vivaldi are the main composers who have inspired the group in honouring an appreciation of the language of Baroque music, making a new aesthetic and musical rhetoric available to a fresh audience. After several decades, the recordings of Concerto Italiano are still considered by critics and public alike to be the definitive standards of the Baroque revival and style. 

Stephen Hough, piano
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm

An inimitable presence on the international concert scene, Stephen Hough is widely regarded for his exceptional mastery of the piano, with an artistic vision that transcends musical trends. Merging the imagination and pianistic colour of the past, with the scholarship of the present, Hough illuminates the very essence of the music he plays. 

Leonard Elschenbroich, cello
with Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm

No other composer has left behind a legacy greater than Beethoven. Beethoven is everywhere – a global artist whose name needs no introduction and whose language requires no translation. In 2020, the world will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Perimeter will mark this occasion in an all Beethoven program with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich who has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation and world-wide critical acclaimed pianist Alexei Grynyuk.

Bomsori Kim, violin
with Rafał Blechacz, piano
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Perimeter's April 24 concert with Bomsori Kim has been cancelled, and the Institute is closed to both staff and visitors until further notice.

An email has been sent to ticket holders with instructions on how to receive a refund.

These cultural and bistro events are ancillary activities made possible through paid ticketing, private donors, and sponsorships.

Please note: Concert dates and programmes are subject to change without notice. Please return to this web page for current information.