Monday, April 4, 2016 


'One for the Books'

CSO concert to feature local talent

Lynne Preston, CSO secretary



OICES, the April 9th performance by the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, is shaping up to be one of the most exceptional concerts, in terms of creative programming, ever undertaken in their 15½ years history.

With a show that is as eclectic as this one, it’s hard to know just where to begin in describing the evening’s planned performances. The core group of orchestra and chorus will be joined by many other groups and talented individuals, so there is a packed program of amazing entertainment scheduled into one evening’s performance.

The concert will open with the male Chorus singing Gregorian chant, one of the early forms of music in western culture, and will end with all performers on stage singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which has been specially arranged for orchestra, the Chilliwack Children’s Choir, Belle Voci and the Chilliwack Symphony Chorus by the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus music director, Paula DeWit.

However, between the haunting notes at the beginning of the evening and the very emotional ending, the concert will progress through the ages of music and will include pieces from Chesnekov, Mozart, Fauré, Karl Jenkins, and many more. Attention has been directed toward presentation of a mixed format of musical genres. Truly, this will be a performance for everyone to enjoy.

The lineup of guests is outstanding! To start with, Mayor Sharon Gaetz will make her Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra debut in the singing of a Jann Arden piece entitled Saved.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rebecca Paulding and Andrew Byerlay make a great combination. Expect to hear and delight in the Chilliwack pair singing selections from Mozart’s Opera, Così Fan Tutti in the first half of the concert.

The music community, along with the city of Chilliwack and the entire Fraser Valley, lost a gifted musician at the beginning of the year. Adrian Albulescu was the concertmaster for the Chilliwack Symphony for many years and a musical tribute is planned to honour his life. Audrey Tan started ballet as a preschooler and she has worked her way up to completion of the Advanced exam with the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition to ballet, she also dances contemporary, lyrical and jazz at the Cameron Dance Academy. She started and will be graduating at the same dance school. She is currently completing grade 12 at the Langley Fine Arts School, with a major in dance.

Audrey also took up violin at the age of 7 and she studied with the late Mr. Adrian Albulescu for at least 7 years. Her classical pointe solo dance to Thais' Meditation accompanied by violinist Karina Slupski and harpist Miya Otake, will be her tribute to her late violin teacher who she misses very much.

Sixteen year old Richard Tichelman will be performing House of the Rising Sun. Richard began singing at age 9. Presently, his vocal coach is Don Wolf. Richard traveled to Toronto for Talent Nation Season 3, 2015, for a performance boot camp, a live performance at the Hugh’s Room and a concert at the Hard Rock Café.

In 2015, he was selected as a performing artist at the RAW Artists event in Vancouver at Celebrities Night Club. He sang both the US & Canadian national anthems for the opening of the Abbotsford Air Show, opened the Canada Day Kick-Off Concert for Aaron Pritchett & Emerson Drive and performed in a musical/contemporary opera that is written and directed by Issah Contractor, to be released in festivals spring 2016.

The Chilliwack Children’s Choir will end the first half of the evening with Evening Prayer from the well-known opera Hansel and Gretel. In addition to singing 2 gorgeous Faurè pieces, the Chilliwack Symphony Chorus will sing a 1970 Chicago favorite, Color My World featuring Rebecca Paulding and CSO flautist, Carol Dymond.

The Andrews Sisters made Bei Mir bist du schon and Boogy Woogie Bugle Boy famous. The CSO Starlets can’t wait to perform those numbers for you complete with special arrangements for the orchestra.

The night will also feature a special piece very recently written by Joanne Hankey and Steve Cossins arranged for the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. This stunning work is composed to honour the Fraser River and will be showcased with a video of the river created by producer Matthew A. Hawkins.

In dedication to our new refugee families, Ontario dancer Carolyn Currey will join the orchestra and Belle Voci in an emotionally stirring composition by Karl Jenkins.

Lady Gaga recently brought the audience to tears with her piece, Til It Happens to You. A gorgeous, thought provoking a cappella arrangement will be performed by a dozen amazing ladies.

All these highlights represent only a portion of the planned repertoire for the CSO & C April 9th 7:30 p.m. performance at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. VOICES is sure to be one for the books considering the scope of the program, so make sure to be present in the audience. Tickets are available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in person or by phone at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or online: 


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