Piano meets orchestra in Chilliwack musical extravaganza

CSO's Piano Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 8, with the return of captivating guest pianist Ian Parker, and young guest musicians

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra “Piano Extravaganza” with the return of captivating Canadian guest pianist Ian Parker Nov. 8 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is ready for the return of a special concert that puts the spotlight on promising students of the piano.

Piano Extravaganza will be presented by the CSO on Saturday, Nov. 8, with the return of captivating Canadian guest pianist Ian Parker, and several young instrumentalists from across the Fraser Valley.

An impressive 15 piano students, ranging in age from five to 16 years old, studying with members of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association, will be tickling the ivories at the Cultural Centre.

They were chosen from among the 42 young musicians who auditioned.

“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.

She started working on the arrangements immediately after the auditions in June and has just recently finished the last one.

It took hours. But she loved it.

“It is a rare opportunity for young piano players to play accompanied by an orchestra.”

They’re also starting a Side By Side program, said DeWit.

Five young orchestral musicians will be joining the orchestra for the evening to sit alongside seasoned and professional players.

“We are thrilled to have younger musicians at this level perform with us,” said DeWit.

This concert they’re offering a special family price.

“So please bring the family and support live music in our community.”

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