The Fraser Valley Symphony opens its 33rd season with a concert in Abbotsford on Nov. 20.

Fraser Valley Symphony performs Romantic Treasures

Concert on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

The Fraser Valley Symphony begins its 33rd season with a fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 20 titled 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. This is a 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 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.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids 12 and under. They are available at King’s Music, the Tourism Abbotsford visitor centre, the Pantry Natural Foods in Mission and online at fraservalleysymphony.org.

Tickets are also sold at the door as available.