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A lovely evening of Italian music

Bella Notte is the sparkling theme of Chilliwack Academy of Music’s second annual Faculty Concert.

Bella Notte means beautiful night in Italian.

It’s also the sparkling theme of Chilliwack Academy of Music’s second annual Faculty Concert: Bella Notte on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

This gala showcases the supreme talents of both the academy’s teachers as well as students, and the fundraiser proceeds go to support the academy’s key community outreach activities.

The Italian-flavoured evening begins with a delicious dinner prepared by Cookies Grill and accompanied by the shimmering music of academy students performing popular Italian songs in the background.

Guests will then make their way into the beautiful main theatre for a full concert program that builds on the event’s Italian and nighttime themes, performed by the Academy’s talented and impressive teaching faculty.

The sheer variety will delight everyone. From Mozart’s familiar Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, through Astor Piazzolla’s cheeky tango “Spring” that puts a tropical spin on Vivaldi’s celebrated concerto from The Four Seasons, and ending with the amazing Academy Dixieland band, which brought down the house when it debuted at last year’s inaugural Faculty Concert.

“At the heart of this gala event is the need to sustain support for the academy’s many community outreach programs,” said principal Graham Yates.

“Not only does it offer high quality private and group lessons for its students, but the academy is also a beacon for music education in the whole community.

In a faltering economy and with the last dregs of public funding drying up, without private support these worthy programs will be in jeopardy, he said.

“For this reason, the academy’s faculty have come together for a second time to help raise funds to ensure a bright future for music education in this community by donating their performances that will charm one and all.”

Bella Notte Feb. 4, tickets available at the Cultural Centre box office: www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or (604) 391-SHOW.  Tickets $80 for the dinner and concert (which includes a $25 charitable tax receipt) or $25 for the concert alone.