Announcing the New Season

With a tempered excitement, a modicum of trepidation and great hope, The Valley Concert
Season announces its 2021/22 season of concerts. After a year of finding our joy in online
musical productions, we hope to bring the inimitable live experience to music lovers in
Abbotsford once again.

On Friday, October 29, Vetta Chamber Music will perform Beethoven’s first string quartet and
the marvelous clarinet quintet by Brahms. Barely three weeks later, on Thursday, November 18,
we look forward to a unique experience with Ladom Ensemble. This quartet of accordion, cello,
percussion and piano will present a program featuring a variety of musical styles and ethnicities.
In 2022, we are delighted to bring four programs that we had originally booked last year. Duo
Concertante makes their highly anticipated debut in Abbotsford on Friday, February 11.
Violinist Nancy Dahn will be the clinician at our string masterclass the next day. On Friday,
March 11, the Canadian Guitar Quartet perform with two new members as part of the
ensemble.

In a seriously belated birthday party, we celebrate Beethoven’s 250 th on Friday, April 8, in a
program titled The Young Beethoven, featuring some less well-known but utterly charming
works by the master. We will have to wait until Tuesday, May 31, for the season finale, but it
will be so thoroughly worth waiting to hear James Ehnes, Bion Tsang, and Adam Neiman.
We are working on preparations to ensure that the events will be as safe as they can possibly be.
We are following all orders from the Provincial Health Officer. Accordingly, we will require all
attendees to be fully vaccinated and will comply with any masking requirements. Further
information in this regard will be provided closer to each concert date.

This announcement is meant to whet your appetite, but you won’t be able to do anything
practical about it just yet. Tickets will not become available for purchase until later this month.
We will not sell subscriptions to begin the season. Only single tickets will be available for the
fall concerts at least. Under the current orders, we are able to fill only 50% of the auditorium. If
we reach a point where we are confident that the orders will remain stable over a period of time,
we will make subscriptions available and permit single ticket purchasers to apply those tickets to
their subscriptions.

Much more information will be forthcoming through September and October. In the meantime,
mark your calendars and look forward to experiences that have become all the more precious by
their absence since last March.

John Wiebe
President
The Valley Concert Society