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 the gorgeous palette of sounds that a group of eight cellos can create.

Ô-Celli will present a program rich in variety, beginning with an overture from one of Verdi’s great operas and ending with a dance by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez that captures the fire and energy of the Latin spirit. It was made famous by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra under the amazing Gustavo Dudamel. Along the way there will be film music by Nino Rota and Chabrier’s beloved España sprinkled among a generous helping of Latin tunes.

Ô-Celli is based in Belgium, but the players have come together from various orchestras there and in the neighboring countries. Two of them play in the orchestra of Brussels’ great opera house La Monnaie. Two more perform for orchestras in the Belgian city of Liège. Shiho Nishimura plays for the Classical Philharmonic in Bonn, Germany, while Yoori Lee is a member of the famed Paris Opera Orchestra. Herwig Coryn was, until recently, the concertmaster of the Pablo Sarasate Orchestra in Pamplona, Spain. This is truly an assemblage of world-class talent.

I have not mentioned Alexandre Beauvoir. He is a chamber musician and furthermore, he is responsible for many of the transcriptions that Ô-Celli plays, because, of course, their music has to be transcribed. There are precious few original compositions for eight cellos. They do, however, exist. You will hear one of them. In 2012, Ô-Celli commissioned a piece called Fa Do from Spanish composer Oriol Cruixent.

For a very special and unique evening of music, don’t miss Ô-Celli on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the Valley Concert Society website for $28 or for $15 if you are a student.

www.valleyconcertsociety.com For more information call 604-289-3377.