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CSO "Extravaganza" opens concert season in Chilliwack Oct 13 with 17 pianos



Show to feature 17 young pianists.








he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are proud to begin their 2018-19 concert season with the return of their ever popular PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. October 14 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford. 


Saturday October 13, 2018, Our first concert will be in Chilliwack at our beautiful Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Clinton Denoni will be playing in the lobby during intermission and for our post concert reception. Concert starts at 7:30

Sunday October 14, 2018, For those who prefer an afternoon matinee, come and join us at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Concert starts at 3 PM.


Limited number of tickets left.


This concert marks the eighth Piano Extravaganza to be held by the CSO & C.  And this time, seventeen gifted, young piano students hailing from Chilliwack and throughout the Fraser Valley, and even as far away as Vancouver, are coming to Chilliwack and Abbotsford to demonstrate their amazing piano skills.
These young musicians will be accompanied by Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.  Last spring, each musician was carefully selected through an audition process by music director Paula DeWit. 


“It was tough to choose because there were so many deserving players,” recalls Ms. DeWit.
The eclectic programme will showcase the diversity of the piano and the talents of the young students.  Audiences will enjoy music that ranges in style from composers W.A. Mozart and Johann Hummel to the Canadian composer, Victor Davies and so much more!  Many of the orchestral parts for the students’ solo performance pieces have been specially arranged by Ms. DeWit.


For the student pianists, many of whom have already received numerous honours at various festivals and competitions, the chance to perform with the orchestra represents not only a magical moment, but a rare opportunity and a significant educational experience that will serve them well as they move forward in their future careers as musicians.  These exceptional young students of the piano are all devoted to their art, and that is demonstrated by their love and enjoyment of the piano and their discipline in ardent practice.


As he makes his concerto debut with the CSO, one of the featured younger students who has a particular fondness for the works of Mozart, has enthusiastically remarked that he wants to be “just like him!”  At the tender age of 11, young Austin will tackle the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major, K. 467.  His keen eagerness is mirrored by each and every student who will perform throughout the concert, including the members of the recently formed, outstanding Trio Liscio, who are supported and guided by the Langley Community Music School.  They have prepared a lively, fun piece written by Victor Davies.


The CSO 2018-19 season opener will end with a special presentation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 10 in E flat major K. 365 for two pianos, to be played by accomplished Fraser Valley piano performers and instructors, Betty Suderman and Ewa Telega.


The CSO & C urges concert goers to purchase their tickets early to assure the best seating.


The October 13 Chilliwack concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street. Tickets ($15-student/$25-general) for this extraordinary performance are available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in person, by phone 604-391-SHOW (7469), or online at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office. 




The October 14 Abbotsford performance begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford.  Tickets for the Abbotsford concert are available at Kings Music or online at chilliwacksymphony.com.


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