Sabrina Juan (left) and Rebecca Toews perform in concert on Feb. 4 with the Fraser Valley Symphony.

Sabrina Juan (left) and Rebecca Toews perform in concert on Feb. 4 with the Fraser Valley Symphony.

Fraser Valley Symphony features Mozart and Friends

Concert on Feb. 4 in Abbotsford features two youth performers

The Fraser Valley Symphony (FVS) presents its first concert of 2018, Mozart and Friends, on Sunday, Feb. 4.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way) and features the two winners of the symphony’s Young Artists’ Solo Competition.

Sabrina Juan, 16, who will play Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, began playing cello at five years old and has been performing on stage in music festivals and recitals.

She studies with Joel Stobbe and Professor Bo Peng.

In summer 2017, Juan travelled to Italy to participate in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival performing as both soloist and chamber musician.

Currently, she is the principal cellist of the Surrey Youth Orchestra.

Performing Grieg’s A Minor Piano Concerto is Rebecca Toews, who currently studies piano at the ARCT level with Dr. Betty Suderman and violin with Dr. Calvin Dyck.

She is a member of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. Her recent concerts have included performing as a soloist with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and the Valley Concert Society.

Past winners of FVS’s biennial concerto competition have gone on to highly successful performing and teaching careers across the continent.

Along with their concerto selections, the FVS will perform Symphony No. 39 by Mozart, as well as Weber’s intense and exciting Oberon Overture.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students and $5 for children (12 and under).

They are available in advance at King’s Music, Tourism Abbotsford Visitor Centre (Abbotsford), The Pantry Natural Foods (Mission) and online at fraservalleysymphony.org. Tickets are also sold at the door, if available.