Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

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Residents from the Fraser Valley and Lower mainland will not need to travel to Vancouver for their concert needs. They won’t need to pay out of town high-ticket prices and parking fees; instead, they can enjoy locally produced, first class concerts from the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (CSO) is a non-profit society, incorporated in August 1999. The late Maestro John van Liempt and Maestra Paula DeWit, founded the CSO. It was initially created to offer Chilliwack music lovers their own first class symphony orchestra and chorus. Since its inception, the CSO has grown into a touring orchestra consisting of professional musicians.

Chilliwack Symphony 2023-2024 Season Events

2023-2024 SEASON

Season

Bach PASSIONS
March 23 & 24, 2024
St James in Abbotsford
Holy Rosary Cathedral

Matthäus Passion
1. Coro: Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen
2. Recit. Evangalista
3. Choral: Herzliebster Jesu
27a Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
27b Coro: Sind Blitze, sind Donner
29. Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß
44. Choral: Be fiehl
49 Aus Liebe (soprano and flute)
62. Wenn ich ein mal
66b Her wir habben
67. Coro: Mein Jesu, mein Jesu, gute Nacht
68. Coro: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder

Johannes Passion
I. Coro: Herr, unser Herrscher
12a recit. Evangelist: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden zu dem Hohenpriester Kaiphas
12b Coro: Bist du nicht seiner Jünger einer
12c recit. Evangelist, Peter, Servant: Er leugnete aber
21b coro:Sei gegrüsset, lieber Jüdenkönig
21d Coro: Kreuzige, kreuzige
21e recit.
21f Coro: Wir haben ein Gesetz
23c recit
23d Weg,Weg
27b Coro: Lasset
28 Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl
30. Es ist vollbracht!
37 Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes
39.Coro: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
40. Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb

Voices
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
April 19, 2024

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Steve Barnett
Rejoice o Virgin, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Ave Generosa, Ola Gjeilo
The Sun Never Says, Dan Forrest
Give us Hope, Jim Papoulis
Modimo
In a monastery Garden, AW Ketèlbey
Jerusalem, CHH Parry

Intermission

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don Raye
Bei Mir Bist Du Shön, S Secunda
Ad Astra, Jacob Narverud
Fisherman’s Son, Jimmy Rankin
Blow Ye the Trumpet, Kirke Mechem
Finlandia, Sibelius
You’ll never walk alone, Rodgers and Hammerstein

Piano Extravaganza 
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
May 17,  2024

Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056, Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No.5, Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Sea of Tranquility, Kathleen Feenstra
Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII/11,1st movement, Joseph Hadyn
La fille aux cheveux de lin, Preludes Op. 1 No. 8, Claude Debussy
Memoriam for the Victims of Chernobyl, Larysa Kuzmenko
Étude Op. 25, No. 12 (Ocean), Frédéric Chopin

Intermission

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C- Sharpe Minor, 1st and 3rd Movements, Ludwig van Beethoven
Own Composition, Vivian Kwok
Elegant Toreador, Seymour Bernstein
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op 21, Frédéric Chopin

Piano Extravaganza
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
May 24, 2024

Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BVW 1056, Johan Sebastian Bach
Song of Cavalry, Op. 27 No 29, Dmitry Kabalevsky
Memories in an Ancient Garden, from Scenes from a Jade Terrace, Alexina Louie
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Intermission

Own Composition, Judah Williams
Piano Concerto Op 13 No. 4 in B flat major, 2nd movement, Johann Christian Bach
Ballade No.1 in G Minor, Op.23, Frédéric Chopin
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Edvard Grieg

Professional Orchestra

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.
Our musicians come from varied musical backgrounds. We present passionate, high-quality performances to create meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Baroque Ensemble

The CSO Baroque Ensemble.
The musicians of the CSO Baroque Ensemble have professional training and specialize in early music.  They play on period instruments. Formed in 2022, the ensemble is being recognized as a musical force in the Lower Mainland.

Chilliwack Symphony Chorus

The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is serious about making good music in a fun environment.  We are an auditioned symphonic choir.  We enjoy  sharing the beauty of choral music with our audiences.

Voces Gioventu

We proudly work alongside Voces Gioventu to aspire young singers in Chilliwack by giving them the opportunity to grow and develop as musicians, performers, and members of our community.  To find out more about this amazing Children’s and Youth choir, visit their website here: vocesgioventu

CSO= Bach Passions

simply cso

Your Professional Orchestra in the Valley. ​Bringing awareness and appreciation for music of the highest calibre.

Our amazing musicans.

The People Who Make Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

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Orchestra

Orchestra

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra is one of the only professional orchestras in the Fraser Valley and east of the Port Mann Bridge.  We also have a Baroque ensemble that performs on period instruments.

Chorus

Chorus

The Chilliwack Symphony Chorus is an auditioned performance choir and we love to sing for people. We have openings in all voice types. Interested singers must be willing to make a year long commitment and must be able to read music.

CSO Starlets

CSO Starlets

The Starlets are retro style singers who will take you back to the Gatsby era (roaring twenties through to the thirties) with a mixture of authentic vintage and modern pop songs arranged to sound like songs of the times, to a 1940s wartime tribute (Andrews Sisters), to swing. 

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