Woohoo! We can celebrate spring, attend concerts, plays, dance recitals and other such events without having a conflict with hockey playoff schedules. Winning is always better, but I'm just sayin' there is a sunny side to our hockey team leaving the playoffs early: You don't have to disappoint your child by not attending a recital just because the game is on.
Surrey Symphony Society has "A Spring Celebration" rehearsed and ready for Saturday, May 5 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium (10238 168th St., Surrey), starting at 7 p.m. Hurray, for the first time in years I don't have any other events planned for that day. I am anxious to hear how the new conductor is working out.
Surrey Symphony Society currently has 110 young musicians ready to celebrate spring through the music of Mozart, Bizet, Rossini and The Pirates of the Caribbean. Sure, why not. The Intermediate Strings, always a crowd-pleasing ensemble, will swashbuckle their way through music from Pirates, and then prove they aren't actually rabblerousing pirates after all, by performing Lizt's "Hungarian Rhapsody" when they're done. The Junior Strings will sparkle in the overture to Rossini's playful "Barber of Seville."
This will be our first opportunity to see the conducting job handled by Dr. John van Deursen, the replacement for Lucille Lewis, who retired last year. Dr. van Deursen comes to the society from his previous position as principal guest conductor with the Taipei Philharmonic, and is currently also head of instrumental ensembles at Douglas College.
Soloist for this concert, Julie Lin, says "I feel honoured to be able to perform a piece by a genius of music, Mozart, with conductor Dr. John van Deursen and the Surrey Youth Orchestra. I always learn so much at rehearsals, and have lots of fun. I hope both my orchestra and I will play well at our concert, so the audience can enjoy our music, and make Mozart proud." I am sure Mozart will, indeed, be proud. And since tickets are affordable ($15/$10 at the door), I think we can make the orchestra proud by filling the large auditorium. You won't regret it.
If you prefer street dance to orchestras, check out IZM, a dance performance at Surrey Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 2, starting at 7: 30 p.m. Dance to express! Not to impress. Bboyizm Dance Company takes this motto to heart with IZM, featuring some of Canada's most talented dancers. Choreographer and dancer Crazy Smooth pushes the envelope of street dance tradition with hip-hop, rocking and b-boying, showing audiences that hip-hop is a dynamic force in dance today. If you are into street dance, you really have to see this performance. You may think you know how to dance until you see the real thing. Crazy Smooth and his dancers hold nothing back. Dance to live. Tickets are only $20 via 604-501-5566.
Oh, and just in case you feel you have something you need to express and haven't found a venue for your self-expression, the Arts Council of Surrey is hosting an open mic event at Newton Cultural Centre (13530 72nd Ave.) on Thursday, April 26. OK, it's short notice here, but don't let that stop you. Sign in at 7 p.m. Wanted are singers, musicians, comedians, poets and audience members. This could be fun. It's a $5 dropin entry fee, and is part of arts and culture week. Have your say - and bring along a few friends to fill the audience. It's not a big event, but it's there just waiting for you to participate.
So many options to fill your entertainment schedule. Yes, there is definitely life after hockey. Welcome, spring.
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