Feature Story                                                      Thursday May 12, 2016


Euphonious Extravaganza

CSO season finale with strong piano performances from youths 

Lynne Preston, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus


CSO Pianist Clinton Denoni performs Bach 16.


he Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are proud to end their 2015-2016 season with yet another ever popular annual Piano Extravaganza! 


The upcoming May 21st performance marks their 7th Piano Extravaganza.  Audiences of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley have a demonstrated enthusiasm for the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra's live music and cutting edge programming! 


The CSO & C have sold out all their concerts this season, so concert goers are urged to purchase their tickets early to assure the best seating.


As the season finale, Piano Extravaganza promises to be a thrilling, eclectic concert featuring talented student pianists, and will additionally showcase a local married couple as professional, guest keyboard artists who in years past, both also performed accompanied solos with the Chilliwack Symphony as young student musicians. 


For the student pianists, many of whom are still young, the chance to perform with a symphony orchestra represents not only a magical moment, but is a rare opportunity and a significant experiential event that will serve to enhance resumes and bios as they pursue future musical endeavors.


Many of the studentsí planned performance pieces for orchestra and solo piano have been specially arranged by music director, Paula DeWit.  The audience can expect to enjoy a wide range of works from Scott Joplinís Maple Leaf Rag and W.A. Mozartís first movement of Piano Sonata in C Major no. 7, to simple gems like N. Faberís Colourful Sunset and Christopher Nortonís Open Window.



All the piano players were selected by a three person jury in January of this year.  As exceptional students of piano, they hail from as far away as Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including Chilliwack.  They were all treated to a recent masterclass held in Chilliwack led by special guest piano artists of this yearís Piano Extravaganza, Clinton and Erica Denoni.


Clinton Denoni will delight the audience with the first movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto in C Major, with 13 year old Charmaine Yang playing the second movement and Wesley Hawkins of Chilliwack, the last movement.  Erica Denoni will join her husband Clinton for a rousing four hands Poulenc Duet with the orchestra.


The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for this extraordinary performance are available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in person or by phone 604-391-SHOW (7469) or via e-mail here.  Take advantage of the special family rate.

Erica Kathleen Denoni: Piano and Voice Teacher, A.R.C.T. B.Mus. M.Mus.

Erica Kathleen Denoni began studying piano at the age of four under her mother's tutelage. Ms. Denoni's musical studies have been well-rounded, being an accomplished trumpet player and singer. She has been recognized provincially as a trumpet and piano soloist and has received top marks in festivals both in her community and provincially. Additionally, her love of singing has been cultivated with her involvement in many choral and jazz choirs.

Ms. Denoni obtained her A.R.C.T Piano Performer's Diploma in 2008, receiving first class honours. In June 2008, she won the Young Artist Solo Competition and performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Chilliwack Symphony. In 2008 and 2010, Ms. Denoni was chosen as the piano representative for the city of Chilliwack in the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Piano Competition. For over five years, she has given solo recitals in the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Toronto. Ms. Denoni completed her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance in 2012 from the University of Victoria.

Her teachers have included: Arthur Rowe, May-Ling Kwok, Shoko Inoue and Dr. Midori Koga. In June 2014, she completed her Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about teaching and has taught in Toronto both privately and on faculty at the Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts. From 2012-2014, she was a group class and private instructor for the University of Toronto Children and Adult Pedagogy program.


In addition to private piano instruction, Erica enjoys teaching group musicianship classes for young beginners and has completed the Orff teacher training level 1 diploma. Ms. Denoni's goals are to pursue a career in music through teaching, performing and adjudicating.

Clinton Giovanni Denoni: Piano Teacher, A.R.C.T. B.Mus. M.Mus.

ďHaving made a name for himself in Canadian music circles as a pianist of rare ability,Ē 26-year-old Canadian pianist Clinton Giovanni Denoni has performed in North Americaís most prestigious recital halls including: Clevelandís Mixon and Kulas halls and Vancouverís Chan Centre to name a few.

In September of 2008, he was accepted into the University of Victoria for his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and awarded the Cathcart scholarship annually for outstanding academic and pianistic achievement. Mr. Denoni was awarded the highest mark in the University of Victoria piano department from 2008 to 2012 and in June of 2012, he graduated from the University of Victoria upon completion of his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance.


In September of 2012, Mr. Denoni was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music for his Masters of Music in Piano Performance. During this time, he had the supreme privilege of collaborating with world renowned cellist Matthew Allen as well as partaking in master classes with Maestro Daniil Trifonov.


From September 2012 to April 2014, Mr. Denoni was awarded and maintained a $25,000 annual scholarship for outstanding pianistic and academic achievement from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In May of 2014, he graduated with his Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Most recently, Mr. Denoni collaborated with Orchestra Philomusica under the baton of Leonard Camplin performing Mozartís Piano Concerto K. 467. Mr. Denoni has had the immense pleasure of studying with Shoko Inoue, Edward J. Parker, Ian Parker, Dr. Jamie Syer, Marc Durand and Emanuela Friscioni among others. www.clintondenoni.com



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