Fraser Valley Symphony performs classics

The Fraser Valley Symphony will showcase two popular orchestral works at its upcoming Winter Pops concert.

The first is Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites, which portrays the tales of a Norwegian boy who left home seeking adventure. It includes the well-known movements Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King. The second selection is Ludwig van Beethoven’s most famous work, Symphony No. 5.

“One of the things I really enjoy doing is breaking down the barriers about classical music and that it doesn’t have to be people’s perceptions of this old world tradition,” said musical director Lindsay Mellor. “We try to present music that people are going to enjoy.”

A special rendition of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne is also on the program, which features 11-year-old cellist Peter Pao of Langley. 

The Fraser Valley Symphony includes nearly 50 musicians, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-70s. Winter Pops incorporates a full orchestra and an expanded wind section with a contrabasson and piccolo.

“They’ve got lots of energy and have put together a very polished product,” said Mellor.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. A meet and greet with the musicians will take place during intermission.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 12 and under. They are available at the door, or through King’s Music and Tourism Abbotsford.