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'Piano Extravaganza'

Chilliwack students to tinkle the ivories with pianist Ian Parker Nov 8

Released by Lynne Preston, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra



re you fond of music? Do you enjoy the sound of the piano being played with an orchestra? Does it please you to learn of student musicians in performance? Then this next CSO concert is for you.


On November 8, 2014, Chilliwack will be treated to another wonderful A Piano Extravaganza which will present local piano students as they have a special first time experience playing with the orchestra, the return of captivating Canadian guest pianist Ian Parker, and the inclusion of several young Fraser Valley instrumentalists within the orchestra.

This exciting evening will feature 15 piano students ranging in age from 5-16 years old, from the local chapter of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association. They were selected from among the 42 talented students in Chilliwack who auditioned for this event last June.


“We are excited to showcase these amazing piano students” says CSO music director Paula DeWit, who has specially arranged music for this performance to be played by the orchestra alongside the piano players. She started working on the arrangements immediately after the auditions and has just recently finished the last one.


“It took many hours to complete but I loved every minute of it,” she adds. “It is a rare opportunity for young piano players to play accompanied by an orchestra.”

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is very much looking forward to making music once again with guest artist, Vancouver’s own, Ian Parker. “Our past audiences may remember him when three years ago, he played with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and drew enthusiastic applause,” remarks Ms. DeWit.


On that occasion, he performed composer George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The upcoming A Piano Extravaganza patrons will most assuredly enjoy his performance of the ever popular Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor.

“We are also delighted to initiate our Side By Side program,” reports music director Paula DeWit. Five young orchestral musicians will be joining the orchestra for the evening to sit alongside seasoned and professional players. This concert has brought the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra together with many young people from the local community who are experiencing their debut with the orchestra.


“We are thrilled to have younger musicians at this level perform with us,” states DeWit who adds, “We have a special family price for this concert, so please bring the family and support live music in our community.”

Take in this amazing performance and brighten up your fall season. The entire evening is brimming with talented young artists from our own neighbourhood.

On November 8th, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra presents A Piano Extravaganza with renowned Canadian concert pianist, Ian Parker as our special guest artist. Also featured on the evening’s program are 15 local BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association student pianists, ranging in age from 5 to 16, all making their debuts with the orchestra.

Several young instrumentalists from the Fraser Valley will be joining the orchestra this evening in the newly initiated “Side by Side” programme.

Watch a 4½ minute Youtube preview clip video featuring clips of some of the Piano Extravaganza children here.

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra “Piano Extravaganza” happens Nov. 8 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in person at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office, by phone at 604-391-SHOW or online here.



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