Feature Story                                                                        Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The Romance of Spring

Local talent featured in emotional concert May 27

Lynne Preston, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra


Wesley Hawkins, concert pianist, will lead the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor. Below, talented conductor Paula Dewit at Central Community Park in 2014.


hilliwack Symphony Orchestra presents A SUPER SPRING CONCERT on Saturday, May 27, at their new venue, First Ave. venue in Chilliwack.


“Oh my goodness! This concert is going to be so much fun,” says Music Director Paula DeWit.

Dancers from the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra will open the concert with two selections from Aaron Copland’s Ballet, Rodeo.


“They will perform Saturday Night Waltz and Hoe-Down. Their dances depict intricate stories with fascinating plots which are delightfully portrayed by both the young dancers and the orchestration,” notes DeWit.

The orchestra will be playing several popular selections from music written for the movies The Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Schindler’s List. Also, the well known favourite, the Olympic Fanfare and Theme is on the evening’s performance list. “This is shaping up to be a high-energy concert and the repertoire is entirely appropriate for audiences of all ages and musical tastes,” remarks DeWit.


The Chilliwack music duo, Portraits of Us, Anna and Jason Ratzlaff will make a guest appearance. This young couple are gifted, experienced solo performers who are building a reputation for themselves with beautifully balanced vocal and instrumental arrangements.


They are of a comparable genre to The Civil Wars, The Staves, and Noah Gunderson, and are currently working on an eight song album that is due for release in coming months.

“The biggest treat of the entire performance is our very own Chilliwack Idol, Wesley Hawkins,” promises Ms. DeWit. ”He will be ripping up the keyboard with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor...You will surely recognize the music. This piece has come to be regarded by many as one of the most romantic ever written and was the theme music in the 1945 film classic Brief Encounter.


Sergei Rachmaninoff, a talented composer, conductor and pianist, dedicated this concerto to his psychotherapist to whom he credited a cure from the depths of his severe depression. Written at the beginning of the 20th century, it is now one of the greatest masterpieces of all time in piano repertoire. Its enduring charm continues to enchant music lovers the world over.”

Not to be missed, the variety packed evening guaranteed to entertain absolutely everyone, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on May 27. And remember, the concert happens at the new CSO venue at the First Ave location.

Admission starts at $10, and tickets can be purchased online at www.chilliwacksymphony.com; by phone at 604 795 0521; or at any of three tickets outlets: Envision Credit Union on Cheam Ave, King’s Music in Sardis, or the concert venue 46510 First Ave.

The CSO website: www.chilliwacksymphony.com offers more details.



Chilliwack is fortunate to have a professional orchestra, bringing awareness and appreciation for music of the highest calibre.

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Hope-Healing-Music.




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