Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Entertainment

'We've Got Your Bach'

Concert features local pianist and tenor April 11

Released by Lynne Preston, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

 

 

he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus was created in 1999 with the purpose to perform live music and serve the community of Chilliwack. Through the years, the CSO concert repertoire has been carefully selected from a wide variety of rich musical genres.

 

Chilliwack audiences have been so delighted by these performances that the word has spread beyond the city, and people from throughout the valley and beyond now travel to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to enjoy CSO concerts.
 
“We pride ourselves in bringing so many musical artists to the stage to produce large, exhilarating productions,” states music director Paula DeWit. “We value our community and are excited to showcase Chilliwack’s own talented musicians. The upcoming April 11 concert will be no exception.” 

 

Such innovation rings true as the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present WE’VE GOT YOUR BACH with a guest artist line-up that includes the now famous Chilliwack pianist Clinton Denoni, local counter-tenor Shane Hanson, superb classical guitarist Jeff Bowman, also of Chilliwack, and of course the entire Chilliwack Symphony Chorus. 
 
There will be brass! To add to the exploration of composer J. S. Bach’s impressive instrumental output, the Vancouver Community College Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble has also been invited to perform. Ms. DeWit adds, “We are thrilled to have this performance group as our special guests.”
 
Pianist Clinton Denoni grew up in the eastern Fraser Valley and, no stranger to the Chilliwack concert scene, performed previously with the CSO as a winner of the John van Liempt Memorial Young Artist Competition in 2007. This time around, after having graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and already known as one of Canada’s top pianists, Clinton will be featured playing Bach’s Toccata in D major.
 
Bach wrote an amazing amount of music!  “We will be presenting an outstanding variety taken from a wide spectrum of his works to you,” states Ms. DeWit. “I encourage you to Google cellist Yo-Yo Ma, performing the Prelude from the Bach Cello Suite No. 1. Our own Josef Lindl will be performing this intimate, expressive piece on April 11.”
 
Chilliwack has watched Shane Hanson grow from a young boy soprano into an actor, and now a talented and popular counter tenor. On April 11, hear him sing the robust Agnus Dei from Bach’s Mass in B minor.
 
Chilliwack can be proud of their very impressive musicians and guitar artist Jeff Bowman is most certainly one of them!  Jeff will be playing in the lobby and will also be featured on the concert stage playing the virtuosic “Sarabande” from Suite No. 1, originally written by Bach for the cello, and known to be an exquisite piece of music. 
 
The evening’s icing on the cake will be a dazzling performance of the Bach Double Violin Concerto in D minor featuring violinists Angela Cavadas and Heilwig von Koenigsloew. J.S. Bach is reputed to have set the standard for violin solos and string ensembles, a fact that is well demonstrated in this concerto.
 
The CSO chorus has been hard at work in rehearsal for the performance of inspirational choral masterpieces composed by Bach. The choir is set to sing several selections from his Mass in B minor and the opening piece of Cantata No. 70.
 
“Once again, we are happy to have our young ‘side-by-side’ instrumentalists join the orchestra in performance of the Bach Little Fugue in G.  It is truly a privilege to bring so many performers together for one performance,” noted Paula DeWit.
 
The CSO&C are pleased to announce the continuation of the special family price for this concert and the remainder of the season.
 
“We’ve got your Bach” happens on April 11, 2015 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.  Performance is 7:30 pm. Tickets are available in person at the Chilliwack Cultural centre box office, by phone at 604-391-SHOW or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.com. Pricing: general $25, student $15, family $60.

 

 

 

 

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