Fraser Valley Symphony hosts first concert of season

Featured guest soloist will be pianist Michelle Mares

Michelle Mares

Michelle Mares

The Fraser Valley Symphony holds its first concert of the fall season on Sunday, Nov. 16.

“Romantic Rendezvous” features guest soloist Michelle Mares performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor.

A native of Vancouver, Mares began her musical studies at the age of four as a student of the Suzuki Piano Method. She performed extensively as a child prodigy and has had an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Europe.

Mares has performed with virtually every major orchestra in Canada as a soloist and her performances have enjoyed national and international radio broadcast.  She is currently on the piano faculty at the University of Victoria and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Also on the program will be Prelude to Attila by Verdi and Symphony No. 1 by Rimsky-Korsakoff.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors/students and $5 for kids 12 and under.  They are available in Abbotsford at King’s Music and the visitor centre, in Mission at Claim to Fame and in Langley at Act 1 Music.

Tickets are also sold at the door, as available. For more information, visit