Fraser Valley Symphony members come from across the region.

Romantic treasures concert begins symphony season

This all-orchestra concert will feature music by German composer Johannes Brahms and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg

The Fraser Valley Symphony begins its 33rd season with a delightful fall concert on November 20, entitled “Romantic Treasures”.

This all-orchestra concert will feature music by German composer Johannes Brahms and Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, two giants of music’s Romantic period in the 19th century.

Grieg’s Norwegian Dances will begin the concert, a delightful suite of four dances conveying the charm and vitality of Norwegian folk tunes. The dances, based on melodies that come from the Hallingdal region of Norway, were originally composed for piano duet and orchestrated later by Hans Sitt.

Rounding out the program will be the lush Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Brahms, who composed this work on summer holiday in an Austrian village. With its cheery mood evoking image of idyllic landscapes, it is often compared with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, No. 6.

Celebrating its 33rd year, the Fraser Valley Symphony is the premier community orchestra of the region.

Concert is at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford, Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors or students and $5 children 12 years and under.

Purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, available at Kings Music & Tourism Abbotsford Visitor Centre (Abbotsford), the Pantry Natural Foods (Mission) and on-line through website, www.fraservalleysymphony.

Tickets also sold at the door, as available.