Cello Competition Update

The semifinals of the Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition concluded on Thursday afternoon. I have heard that a number of you have listened to some of the music that was streamed online. Of the eight cellists who reached that … Read More

A Special Online Music Event

  With live music performances on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more artists are posting their music online. The same is happening to competitions. I would like to share with you one competition that has two points of connection … Read More

Looking Back and Looking Forward

  We had recently enjoyed a sublime performance at the piano by Charles Richard- Hamelin. And then our season came to a sudden and untimely end. I am not a superstitious person, but I could not help noticing that the … Read More

Sincere Appreciation

Challenging times often bring out the very best in people, and we are experiencing how this is true of the many who attend Valley Concert Society concerts. We are grateful to all those who have so generously donated the remaining … Read More

Cancellation and Refunds

  The Valley Concert Society regretfully announces the cancellation of the final concert of the 2019-20 season which was originally scheduled for Friday, May 1. We respect the need to avoid large groups and recognize that it is impossible for … Read More


  The Valley Concert Society announces that the concert with the Manhattan Chamber Players will not take place as scheduled on Friday, March 13, at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. We regret the inconvenience to our audience but support the need … Read More

Safety Precautions at the Concert

  With the rising international concern over COVID-19, The Valley Concert Society would like to share with you the measures that are being taken to ensure that everyone is able to safely enjoy the concert with the Manhattan Chamber Players … Read More

Manhattan Chamber Players

  The Valley Concert Society is delighted to present a piano quartet from the Manhattan Chamber Players at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. The Manhattan Chamber Players is a collective of musicians based in … Read More

The Artist and The Man

At first blush, there couldn’t be a greater contrast. The man was unassuming. The artist was sensational. The man was short. The artist was towering .The man mumbled at times. The artist communicated with passion and clarity. Charles Richard-Hamelin embodied … Read More


  The Valley Concert Society is holding a masterclass for four outstanding young local musicians with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as clinician on Saturday, February 22, at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware St., Abbotsford. The society is committed to enriching the … Read More

Charles Richard-Hamelin in Concert

  The Valley Concert Society is delighted to bring the brilliant Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin to the stage of the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. Richard-Hamelin rose to international prominence after he won the Silver … Read More

Survey on Reserved Seating

  The board of The Valley Concert Society would like to thank the many people who took the time to complete the brief survey sent out following the recent concert. The survey invited reactions to the relatively new policy of … Read More

Vlad the Entertainer

  It was a trio. But every memory of Thursday’s concert returns unerringly to one face. The three of them played with brilliance and passion. But one of them played with the audience. Vladimir Volokhin was an absolute wizard with … Read More

The Russians Are Coming

The Valley Concert Society is looking forward to the return of Trio Voronezh on Thursday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. It appears that many of you are also looking forward to it since our ticket … Read More

Trio Voronezh

Hi, Sometimes apparent setbacks lead to unexpectedly delightful surprises. That is what happened at the opening concert in the 2012/13 season of The Valley Concert Society. The contracted performer cancelled his date with the society. The replacement, a few months … Read More

Warmth and Joy

  A large audience filled the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium last Thursday for the concert by Casa Diva and left feeling warmed and happy. There was much to savour as the notes faded and the applause finally ended. There was the … Read More

Your Concert Experience

  The Valley Concert Society is thrilled to present Abbotsford’s own mezzo-soprano Megan Latham and her friends Joni Henson and Virginia Hatfield on Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. The three ladies of Casa Diva … Read More

Christmas at Casa Diva

  The Valley Concert Society is thrilled to present Casa Diva on Thursday, December 5, in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in a concert that celebrates the music of the Christmas season. Casa Diva brings three three singers and great friends … Read More


One of the things that regular concert goers come to expect is that the instruments the performers use will be familiar to them. We get used to the piano, the violin, the cello, the trumpet, the clarinet, the oboe, the … Read More

Les Voix humaines

As The Valley Concert Society grieves the loss of its long-time board member Rudy Baerg, it is set to open its latest season with a most fitting program—John Dowland’s great Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares. Les Voix humaines along with famed … Read More

New Season Set To Open

New Season Set to Open Another season of inspiring music for The Valley Concert Society will begin at the end of the month with the visit of Les Voix humaines on Wednesday, October 30, in the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Renowned … Read More

Remembering Rudy Baerg

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the news that Valley Concert Society board member Rudy Baerg passed away on Tuesday, September 17. At the time of his passing, Rudy was the longest-serving member of the board, … Read More

Annual General Meeting

This is a reminder that The Valley Concert Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Centre of the Best Western Regency Inn, 32110 Marshall Road, Abbotsford. The public is invited … Read More

Announcing the Winner!

I am pleased to report that we at The Valley Concert Society are well ahead of last year’s pace in subscription renewals. We have held the draw for a free subscription among all those who subscribed by June 30. The … Read More

Free Subscription and AGM

  The Valley Concert Society enjoyed a highly successful season in 2018/19 based on very positive reviews of the concerts and on an increase of 30% in attendance. A sincere thank you to the many who contributed to that success … Read More

Clarifying The Reserving of Seats

  The Valley Concert Society introduced the option to reserve seats for the first time this past season. Feedback was by and large positive throughout the year. In the transition to the coming season, we have become aware of some … Read More

And the Two Shall Become One

There is a form of two-piano entertainment, often including singing, which is promoted as “dueling pianos”. It embodies a sense of rivalry and competition. One-upmanship becomes a game between the participants. We had two pianos at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium … Read More

A Note About Reserved Seating

A Note About Reserved Seating During the current Valley Concert Society season, the board introduced reserved seating as a benefit of membership. For each membership of $10 purchased, we reserved one seat which was yours for the duration of the … Read More

Bergmann Duo Caps a Great Season

  The Bergmann Duo will put an exclamation mark on a wonderful season for The Valley Concert Society when they perform at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The husband-and-wife team of Marcel and Elizabeth … Read More

An Octet of Random Thoughts

Here is an octet of random thoughts about an octet of cellos (and a post script as an encore). Where did that sellout come from? We have had very good audiences this year, all about the same size. There was … Read More

Ô-Celli Goes Latin

When Ô-Celli performs for The Valley Concert Society on Friday evening, April 5, at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, the program will have a decidedly Spanish flavor. The cello octet is touring this program through B.C. after which it will be … Read More


The Valley Concert Society is excited to present Ô-Celli at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. After the moving performance by cello soloist Bryan Cheng along with his sister Silvie on piano, we will hear … Read More

A Word With You About You

We have just enjoyed an evening of great music brilliantly performed. It has become my custom recently to reflect on the music or the performers or some other aspect of the presentation from the stage. Today I wish to turn … Read More

Saved From Oblivion

When people debate whether a contemporary work of art is truly great or not, someone is sure to put off the final assessment into the future by appealing to the test of time. “History will judge.” And so History has … Read More

Imitation and Homage

The Diderot String Quartet will present a program entitled Imitation and Homage at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Saturday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include two well-known string quartets by Haydn and Mozart and an obscure but … Read More

The Diderot String Quartet

The Valley Concert Society is delighted to open 2019 with the outstanding Diderot String Quartet presenting a program of music from the Classical Period on Saturday, January 12 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. The musicians of the Diderot Quartet are … Read More

Win a Free Subscription!

Now is a great time to get your subscription to the 2018-19 season of the Valley Concert Society. Besides ensuring your seat at six outstanding musical performances, you will have the opportunity to win one additional free subscription if you … Read More

2018 Season Review

I would like to extend a warm word of appreciation to all who were part of the Thirty-fifth Anniversary Season of the Valley Festival Singers. Whether you were a part of our audience, a volunteer who assisted with concerts, a … Read More

Kai Gleusteen – MasterClass

Canadian born violinist, Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already at a young age, … Read More

Thomas Pandolfi – Workshop, Concert and MasterClass

The young American pianist THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often … Read More

Memories of Ensemble Caprice

My mind is swirling with memories of our first concert last night. The incredibly agile but utterly musical recorder playing. Ziya emerging from the wings with rattles around his ankle. Sophie echoing Matthias’ melodies from backstage. The nightwatchman entering with … Read More

Volunteering at our Concerts

Hi, Are you interested in volunteering at our concerts? The Valley Concert Society depends on the valuable service of our volunteers. We have had many reliable and helpful people contribute their time and service over the years. You are invited … Read More

Welcome to the 33rd Season

Welcome to the 33rd season of the Valley Concert Society.  We are proud of our ongoing commitment to Abbotsford and area as we present another season demonstrating the breadth and depth of classical music to the community. Our season begins … Read More