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Christmas show ‘Winter Fantasia’ brings 7 Chilliwack groups together

Orchestras, ensembles, choirs will tell story of girl who wants to help Santa
Winter Fantasia is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 4 and it will include the telling of Christmas story ‘The Christmas Wish.’ (Per Breiehagen)

Several of Chilliwack’s own artistic groups will be coming together for an evening of holidays songs and a story.

Winter Fantasia is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 4 and features the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra, Fraser Valley Children’s Choir, Voces Giovntu, Cascadia Wind Ensemble, Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra members, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Philomusica Chorus.

Winter Fantasia will see a variety of local ensembles and choirs come together to perform a concert that will include the telling of a Christmas story titled The Christmas Wish,” said Jean-Louis Bleau, Chilliwack Cultural Centre executive director.

It will be one of the largest instrumental ensembles that has likely ever appeared on the HUB International stage.

“The performance will showcase each individual ensemble and choir highlighting all of our local talent. When all these musicians and singers come together the sound is amazing,” Bleau said.

The Christmas Wish, by Per Breiehagen and Lori Evert, is about a girl who decides she needs to help Santa at Christmas and is guided on her way to find him by a variety of animals including a huge polar bear.

“As the story is being told, beautiful stunning images documenting her journey will be projected, and the musical ensembles will punch the drama of the story with selected works.”

Bleau said pulling the show together is no small feat, but it’s worth it.

“We are all excited to be coming together to do something of this scale for the first time here in Chilliwack. This is a show for the whole family and definitely a new holiday tradition not to be missed.”

Winter Fantasia is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32, with discounts for those in the Patron Programs, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

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