Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra kicks off season with colourful, high-energy Cirque performance

The CSO's lively blend of music, dance and acrobatics is set to splash across the stage with show, Cirque, at the Cultural Centre Nov. 12

Chilliwack performers

Chilliwack performers

A lively blend of music, dance and acrobatics is set to splash across the stage as the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra brings its season opener, Cirque, to the Cultural Centre on Nov. 12.

“It will be entertaining and quick-paced, with lots of colour and lots of pizzazz,” says CSO conductor Paula DeWit.

Cirque will feature a diverse mix of live performances by Blink Acro, The Valley Babes, Fraser Valley Academy of Dance, and Chilliwack dancer/contortionist Zoey Howe, all moving to the sounds of the CSO.

If you were in the audience for last year’s sold-out Cirque performance, you won’t be seeing a repeat this year. It’ll be a different show with some of the same faces, but not the same acts, ensures DeWit.

Blink Acro, based out of Vancouver, has prepared fresh entertainment including a cube juggler, plus a new performance by three trampoline artists. High above the crowd will be two aerial acts, one doing acrobatics from a long piece of silk fabric, the other from a swinging trapeze.

The Valley Babes, a musical/dance troupe from Chilliwack, will be tapping away to Puttin’ on the Ritz, and young local dancer and contortionist, Zoey Howe, will be back with her solo performance.

To provide a hint of what’s to come from the CSO’s annual Christmas concert, ballerinas from Fraser Valley Academy of Dance will be gracing the stage with their performance of ‘Dance of the Mirlitons,’ from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Of course, all of the acts wouldn’t be complete without the musical accompaniment of the 40-member Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.

“I give (the dancers and acrobats) the music in advance and then they set the choreography to the music,” says DeWit.

It will come together as an uplifting and colourful display of music and dance. The entire evening’s entertainment will hold particular appeal to young students of gymnastics and dance.

In keeping with their traditional recognition of Remembrance Day during the first performance of each season, this year the Crescent Beach Pipe Band will open the concert with a stirring tribute to both Canadian war veterans and those who continue to serve.

Cirque takes the stage Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Admission rates: Dress Circle: adult $40, youth $30, family of four $120. Orchestra Circle: adult $35, youth $25, family of four $100. General Seating: adult $25, youth $15, family of four $70.

Tickets are available at the Cultural Centre Box Office, by phoning 604-391-7469, or online at