Upcoming Events

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December

Glorious Sounds of the Season: Scholarship Fundraiser

Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Glorious Sounds of the Season is a Chico holiday tradition, a festive event featuring music and drama for the season. Faculty and students perform holiday favorites, with special treats galore. Performers include the CSU, Chico Choral Ensembles, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-press, Chamber and Theatre ensembles, soloists, and readers. Proceeds benefit student scholarships in the CSU, Chico Department of Music and Theatre.

All Tickets Are $20

From Bach to Rock: Chico State Guitar Ensemble

Friday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

The Chico State Guitar Ensemble will perform its annual fall recital. Top students in classical guitar will perform solos and in small and large ensembles. This ever-evolving group performs an eclectic repertoire from “Bach to Rock.” Whether revamping classics, or embracing newer original works, this group always gives enthusiastic performances, revealing the beauty and adaptability of the guitar. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

Dance Showcase

Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

A toe-tapping evening of dance with a variety of movement styles created by student and faculty choreographers from the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

Clarinet and Friends, Ryan Heimlich: Faculty Recital

Friday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Acker Bilk once said, “I look at my clarinet sometimes and I think, ‘I wonder what's going to come out of there tonight?' You never know.” Join us for an afternoon of the unexpected, featuring the clarinet and bass clarinet in combination with a variety of styles and instruments (including more Mails) performed by fellow faculty, emeritus faculty, and alumni from the Department of Music and Theatre as well as musicians who are just plain ol’ friends!

Free and open to the public

 

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January

 

 

Ladies in Black: Faculty Recital

Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Join these four women to hear works for trumpet, soprano, and harpsichord by Scarlatti and Melani, French melodies for soprano with harp, and a contemporary duet for harp and trumpet. This unique combination of musicians and instruments will prove to be an afternoon of music-making you won't want to miss. Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

February

 

 

A European Musical Odyssey: Emeritus Faculty Recital-David Rothe

Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Organ Professor Emeritus Dr. David Rothe takes the listener on a musical journey through Spain, France, Austria, and Italy in this recital played on the Centennial Organ. Music ranging from the 14th century to the 20th will be played, including works by J. S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Padre Antoinio Soler, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Jehan Alain, and Louis Vierne, as well as selections from Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

 

Celebrating Our Past and Present: Faculty and Emeritus Faculty Recital

Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Department of Music and Theatre faculty take part in the “Year of Celebration” presented by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Both our present and our emeritus faculty will perform, as we honor some of our colleagues from years gone by. Let's rekindle old memories and make some wonderful new ones. This showcase is not to be missed.

Free and open to the public

An Australian Voice?: Faculty Recital

Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Founded by the British Empire in 1788 as a place to send its criminals, Australia is a young and culturally diverse nation that has struggled to define its unique national identity. Examining the issue from a musical perspective, Dr. Bradley Martin, chair of the Department of Music and theatre, asks the question, “What make Australian music Australian?” Visual images, conversations, and live performance at the piano combine to demonstrate elements of a uniquely Australian musical voice. For a true “Dinky di” experience, don’t forget your “swag” and “billy”!

Free and open to the public

The Trombone is…: Ensemble Concert- Low Brass

Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Delight in the in the majesty, become enveloped by the lush beauty, and be thrilled as the Low Brass Choir brings the thunder when they join with French horns, euphoniums, and tubas in a choir of brass instruments. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

North State Symphony: Leaping into Spring

Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding

Terri Baune, Violin

In the span of an evening, we take you from icy melodies to warm and optimistic passages, in a concert that explores the wind ranging theme of spring.

Additional details about this concert available at the North State Symphony website.

Purchase tickets at the University Box Office,530-898-6333, or Cascade Theatre Box Office, 530-243-8877.

 

Really Really: Theatre Production

Tuesday, February 28- Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Wismer Theatre

Really Really is a contemporary drama that pushes the edges and embraces the harsh reality of today's youth. At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. In this quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about “Generation Me,” it's every man for himself. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

 Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

March

 

 

Giacomo Fiore: New Music Symposium

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore has presented eclectic programs to audiences across the United States, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. An ardent advocate of new music, Fiore has given world and U.S. premieres of nearly two dozen works for classical, just intonation, and electric guitar. In addition to his teaching activities (San Francisco Conservatory, UC Santa Cruz, and University of San Francisco), Fiore directs the Tangents Guitar Series, a presenting organization dedicated to new and recent guitar repertoire.

Free and open to the public

 

New Music by Student Composers

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

CSU, Chico’s very own composition students and musicians are a talented bunch. Join us for an evening of original musical creations and premiere performances. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

Naughty Tales for the Grown-Up Child: Faculty Recital

Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

We traditionally think of tales as bedtime fodder for children: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The Tales of Beatrice Potter, or Tales of the South. But childhood fables can also have a dark undertone: ravenous wolves, evil witches, or blood-thirsty giants. MUTA faculty and students explore the many moods of storytelling in a recital featuring the delightful wit of Roald Dahl, plus some famous musical tales from Hoffmann and the Vienna Woods. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

April

 

 

Bach Festival-The Culmination of an Era: Student Recital

Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

The students of the Music Teachers Association of California present a recital emphasizing Bach’s mastery of sacred and secular styles from the late Renaissance to the beginnings of the German sentimentalist music movement, empfindsamer Stil.

Free and open to the public

 

Bach Festival-Brahms Requiem: Choral Orchestral

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

The CSU, Chico Acappella Choir and the North Valley Chamber Chorale under the direction of Dr. David Scholz join together with professional soloists and members of the North State Symphony to present the Brahms Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem). This masterwork of choral-orchestral music is one of the seminal works in the genre, and the opportunity to hear it in person is not to be missed

Premium $28| Adult $25 | Senior $22 | Youth & Chico State Student $15

 

Bach Festival-Brahms Versus Bach: Organ Recital, Jonathan Dimmock

Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Brahms loved the music of Bach! This program will compare and contrast the two composers with preludes fugues and chorale preludes. Although Brahms' musical language shows a difference of 150 years, the strong influence of Bach's compositional brilliance is clearly evident in Brahms. Jonathan Dimmock makes a return to the Chico for this performance on the magnificent Centennial Organ.

Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

 

And the World Goes ‘Round: Theatre Production

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Join CSU, Chico’s musical theater tour troupe for an evening filled with humor, romance, drama, and nonstop melody. "And the World Goes Round," a musical revue by the writing team Kander and Ebb, is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. The ensemble cast find themselves careening through the world of love, babies, and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe this Time," "Cabaret," and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theater. Music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb

Free and open to the public

 

Chico Jazz Celebration: Ensemble Concert- Jazz X-Press

Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

In this performance, the Harlen Adams stage will be overflowing with jazz. The Jazz X-Press will continue toward its goal to spread and celebrate jazz across Chico. The Jazz X-Press and its guest artist family will be reaching out with clinics and workshops for young jazz musicians at area high schools and more. Look for some of these young, talented musicians and bands to share the stage with the Jazz X-Press as the group and celebrates the musical art form called jazz.  This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

 

The Quickening: Faculty Recital

Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

A chamber recital with Dr. Dwayne Corbin (percussion), Susie Lundberg (oboe), Daun Weiss (soprano), and others. Sound, song, and poetry will be interwoven with improvisation to create a tapestry of spring awakening. Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

18th Kruschke Piano Competition: Student Competition

Saturday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Don't miss these young, outstanding California pianists as they vie for the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke $2,000 Prize in the 18th Kruschke Piano Competition, dedicated to the memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For more information, contact the competition's director, Dr. Natalya Shkoda, at 530-898-4043.

Free and open to the public

 

Apotheosis of This Earth: Ensemble Concert- Symphonic Winds

Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Karel Husa’s music written for band in 1970 still speaks to the immense problems of today: ever-present killings, war, hunger, extermination of fauna, and critical contamination of the whole environment. The concert will also feature the mystical and spiritually uplifting music of Maslanka. It has been said that “the trombone is the true chief of that race called “wind instruments,” and so it is only befitting that this concert features Chico State’s own Nathan Love on trombone. Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

 Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

 

In Time: Ensemble Concert- Jazz X-Press and Concert Band

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

The Chico State Concert Band and Jazz II musicians have a special evening of music planned for you: everything from overtures to big-band swing, as well as featured conductors. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

Around the World in Song: Ensemble Spring Choral Concert

Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Folk songs from around the world are featured in this spring choral concert presented by the Acappella Choir, University Chorus, and Chamber Singers. Music from Scandinavia, Germany, England, Russia, Japan, Korea, Africa, South America, and the United States will take the listener on a memorable trip around the world in song. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

May

 

 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!: Theatre Production

Wednesday, May 3- Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella) including “I Believe in You” and “Brotherhood of Man.”

A slick satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert and Jack Weinstock. Based on Shepherd Mead’s book, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Adult $15 | Senior $13 | Youth & Chico State Student $6

Romanza!: Ensemble Concert- Chico State Guitar Ensemble

Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Join The Chico State Guitar Ensemble for their annual spring concert. The classical guitar is, perhaps, the quintessential musical instrument to embody romantic ideals. This program will highlight the distinct guitar music of the romantic era, and will feature works by composers such as Augustìn Barrios, Napolean Coste, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Francisco Tárrega. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

 

North State Symphony: Mahler’s World-Tales of Death, Love, and Everything In-Between

Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Cascade Theatre, Redding

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico

Young Artist Competition Winner

Diego Bustamante, Piano

Mahler’s fifth symphony takes us on an emotional rollercoaster from tragedy to triumph in a program that features Diego Bustamante, our Young Artist Competition Winner.

Additional details about this concert available at the North State Symphony website.

Purchase tickets at the University Box Office,530-898-6333, or Cascade Theatre Box Office, 530-243-8877.