Feature Story Thursday May 12, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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