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Symphony in the Park in Abbotsford

Symphony in the Park in Abbotsford

Symphony in the Park is a great outdoor concert in Abbotsford‘s Mill Lake Park. The event usually happens in August and admission is free.

In 2022 expect the park to be full of people and music on Friday, August 12th. There are food trucks on site too. It’s a great event and highly recommended. And it’s totally free (although donations are always welcome)!

For videos of what the event looks like click Symphony in the Park Videos.


This article contains the following information about Symphony in the Park:

2022 Orchestra and Music | 2022 Program | Symphony in the Park Videos | Tips and Suggestions | Other Information


For the event’s official website visit calvindyck.com.


Abbotsford’s Symphony in the Park

Symphony in the Park is produced by Calvin Dyck who is also the director of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Vancouver Island Symphony (which is based in Nanaimo). The evening of music in Abbotsford features orchestral performances of popular movie soundtracks, Broadway music and more.

Symphony in the Park takes place on an evening in August most years at Mill Lake Park which is located in the middle of Abbotsford at 32960 Mill Lake Road. At the event there are usually about two hours or so of free entertainment to enjoy.

The most recent Symphony in the Park event prior to 2022 took place in August of 2019. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the concert didn’t happen in 2020 or 2021. It’s so exciting to see it back in 2022 with its night of free music on Friday, August 12th!

This year’s free concert honours Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee with Elgar’s famous “Pomp and Circumstance March, “O Danny Boy” and selections from “Phantom of the Opera”. The program also features Canadian Tenor Ken Lavigne who made headlines with his performance at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra. His songs on August 12th include “Nessun Dorma”, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, and “Funiculi, Funicula”.


Symphony in the Park in Abbotsford
Calvin Dyck and the Symphony


2022 Orchestra and Music

The orchestra at Symphony in the Park is conducted by Calvin Dyck and features Ken Lavigne (tenor) as a special guest. The orchestra is composed of over 40 talented musicians playing a variety of instruments. Expect to hear a blend of violins, clarinets, horns, trumpets, trombones, percussion, bass, piano and more.

The symphony features professional musicians from the Lower Mainland as well as from Vancouver Island. A number of senior members of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra perform along with the professionals in the concert. The youth musicians also have their own special song, “Libertango,” which they perform with choreography.

The event features over a dozen different songs including God Save the Queen and pieces from West Side Story, Mission Impossible, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and other pieces from famous shows and composers.


Ken Lavigne Tenor

In 2022 the orchestra at Symphony in the Park is joined by tenor Ken Lavigne who was a founding member of The Canadian Tenors. With 8 albums to his name, Lavigne also co-founded the tenor trio, Romanza, which has toured throughout North America.


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2022 Program

The pieces performed at Symphony in the Park in 2022 are listed below. Between the first and second halves of the night there is a short intermission. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and runs until approximately 9:00 pm.


First Half

  • Fanfare for the Common Man (by Aaron Copland)
  • God Save the Queen (by Henry Carey)
  • Pomp and Circumstance (by Edward Elgar)
  • Danny Boy (by Fred Weatherly)
  • Nimrod (by Edward Elgar)
  • Selections from Phantom of the Opera (by Andrew Lloyd Webber)
  • Because We Believe (by David Foster)
  • Libertango (by Astor Piazzola)
  • Funiculi Funicula (by Luigi Denza)
  • West Side Story (by Leonard Bernstein)


Second Half

  • Overture to “Carmen” (by Georges Bizet)
  • Preludio from Concerto Grosso (by Ernest Bloch)
  • Mission Impossible (by Lalo Schifrin)
  • Bolero (by Maurice Ravel)
  • Nessun Dorma (by Giacomo Puccini)
  • Les Miserables (by Claude-Michel Schönberg)
  • Radetzky March (by Johann Strauss)


For the event’s official website visit calvindyck.com.


Symphony in the Park Videos

To give you an idea of what to expect at the concert, check out the following videos. The first one shows scenes from Symphony in the Park from 2019 (which was the event’s third year). The scene is pretty much the same as this every year. As you’ll see in the video, it’s a very popular event!


Video of Concert in Mill Lake Park in 2019



Drummers at Concert in 2022

The following video is of a scene of the event in 2022. In addition to more traditional performances of both classical and more modern popular tunes, the orchestra plays one or two special pieces that include a bit of a show, like you’ll see with these drummers from the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra.



Tips and Suggestions

Listed below are some tips and advice to help you plan and make the most out of your experience at Symphony in the Park.

TIP #1: The concert takes place in a park. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Just don’t bring anything that would obstruct the view of people sitting behind you. So no large umbrellas or tents!

TIP #2: Symphony in the Park is an outdoor event that happens rain or shine. If the forecast predicts cold weather or a chance of rain, be sure to dress accordingly.

TIP #3: Everyone can bring their own snacks and beverages. However, it’s good to know that there are food trucks at the park on the day and stations to refill water bottles.

TIP #4: Organizers of the event recommend parking at Abbotsford Middle School or the MSA Skating Arena. However, if you’re bringing seniors and young children, you might want to drop them off with your lawn chairs at the playground along Bevan Avenue before searching for parking.



If you enjoy music and musicals, then check out these events too!

  • Theatre Under the Stars the musicals Something Rotten and We Will Rock You show at Stanley Park in 2022 (up until August 27th).
  • From Broadway to the Big Screen – a String Quintet with Piano Mini Concert on Sunday, August 21st, at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford. (This event is also led by Calvin Dyck.)


Other Information

For more information about Symphony in the Park visit Calvin Dyck‘s website.

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