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Here is another opportunity to enjoy some of our CMO musicians in concert. RICK BARKER (Violin), SUZANNE GRESHAM (Violin), SHANNON GOLDSMITH (French Horn), and BARRY EGGEN (Trombone) will be performing with the Fraser Valley Symphony on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00 in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. (Details are below.)
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Featured pianist, Jane Hayes, previously has played with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra in November 2018 for an evening of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Here is another chance to hear some of our CMO members perform again before the summer hiatus.
Margaret Smiley (Oboe/English horn), Ken Kimberley (Trumpet), Mary Eggen (French Horn), and Barry Eggen (Trombone) will be in concert with Shannon Goldsmith (French Horn) as she conducts the Cascadia Concert Band in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 29th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
JACKSON HOWARD, a winner of our 2019 “Rising Stars” Competition, will perform with The Fraser Valley Symphony on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 at the Matsqui Auditorium in Abbotsford. A former trombonist with the CMO, he will perform David’s Concertino for Trombone. The concert begins at 3:00. Tickets are available ONLINE : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiring-sunday-april-3-2022-tickets-172456651487 . . . or at the door.
Another season has come and gone. A “Big Thank You” to the attendees, supporters, and followers of the CMO. We look forward to seeing you all again. There are THREE concerts planned for 2022/23 – autumn, winter, and spring. Check back here for updates about us . . . and announcements about our upcoming concert schedule.
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CMO is pleased to announce that ANYA McRAE will be providing instrumental music during the 30 minutes proir to our concert on March 27th.
If you were fortunate to have attended our last concert, Christmas 2021, you will have heard her lovely harp music.
The concert begins at 3:00. Doors open at 2:30. Come early and enjoy the music of Anya and her harp.
The CMO had an exciting rehearsal this evening, March 16th, with our guest soloist, Mr. Andrew Greenwood. His voice filled the room and was a delight to hear. Please join us on SUNDAY, MARCH 27th at 3:00 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Chilliwack. It will be a musical afternoon to enjoy and remember for a long time to come!
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Even if you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the CMO and Arts & Culture in Chilliwack by purchasing a ticket or two as gifts for someone else!
HEROES AND VILLAINS : An operatic and cinematic musical journey from hero to villain . . . and everything in between.
Popular Vancouver Baritone, Andrew Greenwood, will be in concert with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra for an afternoon of music on Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at 3:00 in the Christ Lutheran Church located at 9460 Charles Street. Doors will open around 2:00 to allow for the proper PHO’s COVID Protocol procedures in effect at that time.
A diverse program of music about “Heroes and Villains” from the movies, the Broadway stage, and opera is planned. Tickets are available at EventBrite.com and EventBrite.ca with prices of $30 (+ 2.84 site fee) for Adults / $25 (+ $2.54 site fee) for Seniors and Students. Free Raffle for a door prize, too!
We are looking forward to performing again this season. The word around town is that our ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas concert last December was “enjoyed by all.” Do you need a boost to get through the winter blahs . . . here’s your chance to do so!
Please join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music for the whole family.
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“Another discovery was the Amonasro of Andrew Greenwood. The young baritone from Vancouver’s voice has a seductive texture. His focused but nevertheless round sound had sufficient power and at the same time creamy elegance. He was able to manipulate Aida with an extremely refined and beautiful vocal sound.” (Das Opernglas, February 2011)
Mr. Greenwood has appeared in many productions throughout BC, Canada and Europe with title and leading roles in Macbeth, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme, and The Barber of Seville. He also is highly praised as a concert and oratorio singer with such works from Handel, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Orff, Bach, Verdi, Mozart, and Brahms.
Happy New Year 2022 !
The Return To Love
Love’s Epic Journey Throughout The Human Condition.
Can you recall the heady intoxicating sensation of love’s first beginning? The terrifying lows of separation’s abyss? Join us on love’s epic journey throughout the human condition. Featuring such romantic masterworks as Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman, and more!
With guest Soprano soloist: Siobhan Raupach.
The CMO Presents a Hallowe’en Symphony Spooktacular!
Join us on October 27 as we return to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s HUB International Theatre for a Hallowe’en Symphony Spooktacular. There’s something for everybody, from Chopin’s Funeral March, to Grieg’s classic In The Hall of The Mountain King, to Han’s Zimmer’s Dark Knight.
Come dressed up in your favourite costume!
Looking For Musicians!
The “Met” is looking for some skilled musicians to join our ranks. We have wrapped up our tenth season and are taking a break for the summer, but are looking for musicians to join us as we prepare to enter our eleventh season. If you are a talented musician and are looking for a challenging experience producing beautiful music in a fun, supportive environment, please consider playing with the CMO.
The CMO is dedicated to performing quality Classical music in our local community of Chilliwack, B.C. We strive to provide our outstanding patrons with the very best in programming, and we endeavour to make each and every concert unique and inspirational. Our goals include having a fun time making wonderful music, and fostering a love and appreciation for the arts and especially music.
Our rehearsals our held weekly on Wednesday evenings.
We are generally open to any orchestral instruments, but we especially have need of players of the following instruments:
If you are interested in joining the CMO, we encourage you to connect with us via email at
The CMO performs “A Galaxy Far, Far Away”
Who amongst us hasn’t been whisked away by the delights of John Williams’ music? The preeminent movie composer of our time has been active in composing for over six decades. In our 11th season finale, get whisked away into another land with some of the most iconic movie music of all time, including:
-Theme from Schindler’s List
-Lord of the Rings …… and more!
We hope to see you at our 2018-19 Season finale concert!
2019 Rising Stars Soloists
We are pleased to announce the soloists for our Inaugural Rising Stars Concert! A solo competition was held by the CMO and judged by Maestro Gregory Johnson, in which several young competitors auditioned their pieces for a chance to perform with the CMO at our Rising Stars Concert on Sunday, Mar. 31. These four young musicians are the ones who made the cut, and we could hardly be any more excited to announce them to you!
You can get tickets from Eventbrite.com to see these wonderful young soloists!
Jonah is a grade 5 student at Unsworth Elementary School in Chilliwack. He has been taking violin lessons from Karin Fehlauer for 5 1/2 years. He has won several awards and accolades at the Lions Club Music and Dance Festival, including being named Chilliwack’s representative to the Provincial Music Festival in violin in 2018. Jonah participated in the 2018 UBC Strings Camp, where he actually was asked to play Viola for their Gala Concert. He not only learned the larger stringed instrument and how to read alto clef in a matter of four days, but he also still played violin in the Gala Concert. To read his full bio, head over to our Facebook page here.
Jonah is a fabulous musician who we can’t wait to perform with! He will be playing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, accompanied by the CMO’s string section as well as continuo harpsichord.
Our next soloist… Well, you could say that he has a little bit of experience with the CMO. Actually, he is our regular Bass Trombone player. He has some serious skill on this instrument, and now he will have his chance at his own solo appearance with the CMO.
A little information about Jackson:
Jackson Howard began his musical studies at the age of three, starting piano at 5 and trombone at 13 years. He studies piano with Nita Pelletier, and completed his RCM Grade 10 with First Class Honours this past summer (2018). His trombone studies have been with Ellen Marple, Brian Wendel and have also been frequent with Gordon Cherry. In 2018, Jackson earned the Top Intermediate Brass award at the Performing Arts BC Festival, and he was selected for the BCMEA Honour Concert Band as well as the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Jackson is a member of the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. His bio is also available on our Facebook page here.
Jackson will be performing Concertino for Trombone by Ferdinand David.
Next up, we have Sarah Anderson-Caulfield. Sarah is a very accomplished opera singer, and we’re very excited to have her perform with the CMO. Here’s a little bit about Sarah:
Sarah Anderson-Caulfield is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Opera under the tutelage of Rhoslyn Jones. In addition to debuting with the CMO, she will also be debuting with UBC opera in 2019. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra And Chorus, as well as at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As a part of the trio Erdenlied (with Andrea Pedro on piano and Benjamin MacRae on clarinet), she won the Senior Canadian Chamber category at the 2017 BC Provincial music festival. She is a recipient of multiple scholarships from the Faculties of Music at UBC as well as KPU, including the Jill and Mike Yonchak Scholarship. Her full bio is available on our Facebook page here.
It’s almost needless to say, but Sarah is a fabulous musician who is sure to impress! She will be performing “Je marche sur tous les chemins,” an aria from the opera Manon, composed by Jules Massenet.
Finally, but certainly not least, we have our very own concertmaster, Solchan Kim, performing as a violin soloist with the CMO. There’s a very good reason for this, as you will witness at the Rising Stars Concert. Solchan is very accomplished on the violin, and we’re very excited to have him perform solo with us.
A bit of background on Solchan:
Solchan Kim is 17 years old and studies violin with Taras Gabora. He took violin lessons from the age of 9 with Karin Fehlauer until recently when he changed teachers to Mr. Gabora. In addition to the violin, Solchan also plays trombone, piano, drums and banjo in various music groups such as his school’s jazz band, concert band, and Dixieland band. He has won numerous awards from the Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival and the Performing Arts BC Provincial Music and Dance Festival. Solchan has vast experience playing in many different musical settings, such as musicals, jazz bands, concert bands, and string quartets. His full bio is also located on our Facebook page here.
We are very excited to give Solchan this opportunity to perform solo with the CMO, and we are looking forward to him performing the 1st Movement of Symphonie Espagnole by Édouard Lalo.
Rising Stars Concert
Join us on March 31 for a concert packed with young talent, as we present the winners of the CMO’s inaugural Rising Stars competition. Sarah Anderson-Caulfield – soprano, Jackson Howard – trombone, Jonah Kassel – violin, and Solchan Kim – violin, will be performing alongside the CMO, with pieces such as Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G minor and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. We hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who came out today to see us perform Tchaikovsky in America. Your support of the CMO is very much appreciated!
We hope to see you at our next concert on March 31: Rising Stars, featuring the young winners of our Solo Competition.
Tchaikovsky in America – in the Newspaper
Our Tchaikovsky in America concert is this Sunday, Jan. 27. The Chilliwack Progress wrote an article for us highlighting the concert. Go check it out here.
One note regarding the article if you have read it in the print edition of the Chilliwack Progress, is that it states that “Returning to perform… is Nancy DiNovo with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.” What was intended by that is that Nancy DiNovo is a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It could be mistakenly taken to mean that the the VSO is performing with us at our concert, which is incorrect. The online version of the article has been re-worded, but the print edition will still have that mis-wording in there.
Thank you for your continued support of the CMO!
Featured Soloist: Nancy DiNovo
We are very excited to present violinist Nancy DiNovo as our featured soloist at our Jan. 27th Tchaikovsky In America concert. Here is her biography:
“A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo is comfortable in styles ranging from period to contemporary. Her playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing……her sheer joy of revelling in the music left me dazzled.” (Hamilton Spectator- Brott Festival, June, 2015)
“In a career spanning decades, Nancy has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, working with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, and Christopher Hogwood.
“Concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Concerto, and she has premièred a number of Canadian works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner conducting, Walter Buczynski’s Sonata (1975) for CBC Arts National, and Frykberg’s “Astonishing Sense….” (1998) for solo violin and tape. In 2015, she made her debut at the Brott Festival to critical acclaim.
“As guest concertmaster, she has appeared with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, “Music of the Night” cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg’s “Wozzeck”. As a Baroque violinist, she is a popular leader with several of BC’s finest choral conductors, including Lars Kaario (Laudate Singers and Capilano University) and Leroy Wiens of the Okanagan Festival Singers.
“In demand as a pedagogue, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, UBC, U Vic, Capilano University, and for the National Academy Orchestra. Her many recording credits include work for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, the Elektra Women’s Choir, Disney Films, and the 2010 Olympics.
“An iconic photo of Nancy can be seen on The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience.
“Her violin was made in 1770 by J. B. Guadagnini.”
Tickets to see Nancy perform with the CMO can be purchased from King’s Music, Long&McQuade, The Book Man, as well as at Eventbrite.com.
Tchaikovsky In America – Featuring Violin Soloist Nancy DiNovo
Imagine the glitz, the glamour, the reporters! In the year 1891 Tchaikovsky was one of the most famous composers of the day. Naturally, it was Tchaikovsky who was invited to lead his own works during the opening festival of the Carnegie Hall. Come experience the excitement of the journey to New York with famous works of the great master along with beautiful renditions of American folk songs. Returning to our stage is the hugely popular Nancy DiNovo performing Tchaikovsky’s legendary Violin Concerto in D.
Tickets are on sale at King’s Music, Long & McQuade, and The Book Man, as well as on Eventbrite.com.
Rising Stars Competition
Please note: The deadline for applications has passed.
Join us on March 31, as three young musicians perform with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra.
Book your calendars, because this is a concert you won’t want to miss! Join us on Sunday, November 4 for an afternoon of Mozart. We will have pianist Jane Hayes playing Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, in addition to many other classic Mozart pieces. Click “Ticket Sales Information” above to find out where to get tickets. Hope to see you there!
Help Support Your Community Orchestra
The Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra is your local orchestra composed of volunteer, local musicians working to bring high quality, diverse concerts to our community of Chilliwack. We are supported by ticket sales and fundraising so your donations are very valued to us. The cost of producing concerts and renting venues is very challenging and all donations are appreciated. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
If you wish to support us financially, please send your cheque to: Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra, PO Box 2076 Sardis Station Main, Chilliwack BC V2R 1A5.
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Meet our 2017/18 Season’s Soloists
Angela Cavadas ~ violinist
Angela Cavadas is a distinguished violinist who has been the recipient of many major awards, including, the First Prize of the CBC Young Artists Competition at the age of 19. Renowned violinists Steven Staryk and Ruggiero Ricci were among the mentors in her musical training. She has worked with Mario Bernardi, John Elliot Gardiner and Monica Hugget to name a few.
The Somerset Trio
Cellist Ben Goheen holds his Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from UBC, where he studied with Eric Wilson. While attending the university, he held the Principal Cello position for the UBC Symphony. He currently enjoys performing with many other symphonies across British Columbia including the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony and Prince George Symphony. He also loves playing with small chamber ensembles.
Violinist Alana Lopez is both a gifted performer and dedicated music teacher who has developed a palate for all genres of music. Alana currently performs with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony.
Pianist David Antoniuk, is a graduate of Trinity Western University with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. March 2016, David thrilled the audience with his interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concerto with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra which was his orchestral debut. We enjoyed working with David and are thrilled to be having this opportunity once again.
The Fab Fourever
Six years ago the Fab Forever, a highly successful, local Beatles tribute band and the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra collaborated on a concert that even the Beatles never performed, a full orchestra onstage to backup their music. This wonderful experience is going to be repeated on March 10th at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets will be going on sale in time for Christmas giving. Don’t miss out on this outstanding experience, last time it sold out!
Jody Tennant ~ Paul MacCartney
Kevin Davey ~ John Lennon
Charles Boname ~George Harrison
Paul Kaszonyi ~ Ringo Starr
Dr. Janice Fehlauer ~ pianist
Janice Fehlauer, born and raised in Chilliwack, was our first soloist ten years ago on stage at the GW Graham Theatre. Since that time, Janice moved to Houston, Texas and acquired her MA and Phd in Piano Performance. Janice attended UBC for her undergraduate degree working with world renown pianist Jane Coop. She earned her Masters Degree at the University of Northern Texas where she was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate Student by the faculty and her Phd. from the University of Houston. A winner of numerous awards including the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition, and first place at the University of Northern Texas Concerto Competition. Janice is an active international solo performer and also works with the Dallas Opera. She is also an dedicated piano teacher, conducts piano Master Classes and is also an accomplished Violinist.
BEETHOVEN PLAYS BALL with the Somerset Trio and the Metropolitan Orchestra
Join us on January 21st. 3pm at the GW Graham Theatre for the second concert in our Three Concert 10th Anniversary Series. A program taken from the master Beethoven injected with a bit of humour. Guest soloists, The Somerset Trio, will be joining us for the rousing Beethoven Trio for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra. You may purchase tickets as a series of three at an advantageous price of Adults $60.00 and Students $30.00 or as single tickets Adults – $25.00 and Students – $15.00. Ticket sales will be: at the door on the day or at The Book Man, Long and McQuade and King’s Music. Tickets will be on sale Oct 1, 2017.
The Fab Fourever and the Met, THEY’RE BACK!
Six years ago Beatles Tribute Band the Fab Fourever and the Met Orchestra collaborated in a concert like none other. Even the Beatles never appeared on stage with a full orchestra! If you are a fan of Beatle’s music DO NOT miss this fabulous concert. To be performed at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 10th @7pm, 2018 repeated on March 14th at the Mission Clarke Foundation Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through the Chillwack Cultural Centre Box Office, 604-391-SHOW and the Clarke Foundation Theatre in Mission for the Mission performance. What a wonderful Christmas present a set of tickets would make! Adults $45.00 and Students $30.00.
The Met Orchestra Tenth Anniversary Celebration with Dr. Janice Fehlauer – SCANDINAVIAN ADVENTURES
Our first soloist, ten years ago, was Chilliwack born Pianist Dr. Janice Fehlauer. Janice has graciously agreed to return to Chilliwack from her current home in Houston Texas to perform the superb Grieg Piano Concert for our SCANDINAVIAN ADVENTURES CONCERT. May 27th, 3pm at the GW Graham Theatre, this concert will be part of our Special Tenth Anniversary Three Concert Series. Tickets will be on sale from October 1st. at The Book Man, Kings Music, Long and McQuade and at the GW Graham Theatre door. Series of three concerts for Adults $60.00 and Students $30.00. Single tickets Adults $25.00 and Students $15.00.
Get to know your community orchestra – The Chilliwack Metropolitan –
The Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra is Chilliwack’s non profit, volunteer, community orchestra. Founded in 2008 by local musicians who wished to perform full symphonies, concertos and work with world class guest soloists we volunteer our time and talent to perform four concerts per year for Chilliwack concert goers. The orchestra has continued to grow and now includes 40-50 members, performs four concerts per year at both the GW. Graham Theatre and the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. We also have an active Community Outreach Program having performed in 2016/17 at the Vedder Legion and the Gwynne Vaughn Plant Sale. The 2017/18 Season will be a celebration of our Tenth Anniversary and we will be welcoming back our special friends The Fab Fourever, and Dr. Janice Fehlauer. The Somerset Trio and Violinist Angela Cavadas round out the seasons guests.
Our Conductor, Gregory Douglas Johnson, is now starting his fourth year with the orchestra and the members appreciate his lyrical style, love of music and gentle sense of humour. It his been his dream from the age of 18 to conduct a symphony orchestra. Greg has his Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting and is also an accomplished musician in his own right.
This season’s Concert Master is Richard Barker, who is a well known musician in the Chilliwack music scene.