Upcoming Events

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September

Celebrating the Future: Student Recital

Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Department of Music and Theatre students showcase their talents in this exciting “Year of Creativity” event presented by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.  These dazzling student performances will run the gamut from classical to jazz, and drama to musical theatre. Come and salute the future.

Free and open to the public.

Four Essays in Musical Invention: Emeritus Faculty Recital

Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Pianist John Milbauer returns to Chico for a recital designated as part of the Humanities Center's yearlong theme, “Invention.” He will be joined by clarinetist Russell Burnham, violinist Scott Cole, and cellist Michal Palzawicz in a diverse program of 19th- and 20th-century compositions demonstrating various aspects of classic-romantic notions relating to creativity (invention). This recital is a coproduction of The Florestan Society Foundation, The CSU, Chico Humanities Center, and the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to public

Celebrating Gwen Curatilo: Opera Gala

Saturday, September 17 at 7:30  p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Former Chico State Opera Workshop Director Gwen Curatilo invites you to an opera gala featuring exciting singers from the past, present, and the future. This event is a benefit whose proceeds will go toward a Department of Music and Theatre production of The Little Sweep (by Benjamin Britten) to be performed in January 2017 for the Chico Unified School District.

Adult $20 | Senior $18 | Youth & Chico State Student $10

North State Symphony: Rumba to Ravel

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico

Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding

North Valley Chamber Chorale - David Scholz, Director

Olga Koopylova, Piano

Rumba to Ravel combines Prokofiev and Gershwin into an evening featuring an extraordinarily large orchestra and wordless backstage chorus, and highlights Brazilian pianist Olga Kopylova.

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.

October

 

Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert- Stars and Stripes Forever: Band Concert

Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium

Featuring the 2016 Marine Band’s March Mania Contest winner, the Stars and Stripes Forever, the Chico State Bands and Alumni invite you to join them as we honor the late Daniel Hiestand and support the scholarship in his name. The Chico State Wind Ensemble will open the first half of the concert, while the Alumni Band will round out the second half.

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

CSU, Chico Low Brass Choir: Ensemble Concert

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

Formed in 1995 and composed of tubas, trombones, euphoniums, and French horns, CSU, Chico’s Low Brass Choir will be presenting a concert full of highly enjoyable music from all genres! In this veritable smorgasbord of classical and jazz music, all eras of classical music, from the Renaissance to contemporary, as well as some jazz pieces and premieres, will be heard. Come enjoy instruments that composers employ to depict the Voice of God, the Voice of the Devil, and the Voice of Fatherly Figures.

This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

Pull-String Duo: Faculty Recital

Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

Dust Bowl Mix is a new work composed by David Dvorin for guitar, violin, and electronics that tunes into California's migratory past while reflecting on the environmental present. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

Into the Woods: Theatre Production

Tuesday, October 11 -  Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Musical theater legends Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine adopt everyone’s favorite storybook characters and blend them into one incredible evening of theater. A timeless and relevant dark comedy, this modern classic is both moving and magical. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score, Into the Woods connects the dots between “Once Upon a Time” and “Happily Ever After” and then explores the question of what happens next. The 2014 film version starring Meryl Streep was nominated for three Academy Awards and grossed $213 million worldwide. Due to its mature and complex themes, incredible story, and powerful score, Into the Woods is one of the most enduring works by Stephen Sondheim, Broadway’s most influential composer in a generation.  This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

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

 

New Directions in Jazz: Ensemble Concert- Jazz X-Press

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

A great night of jazz music awaits you. The Jazz X-Press combines its exciting big-band sounds with some of Northern California’s finest young musicians and composers. New Directions in Jazz will present today’s jazz sounds with some fresh student compositions, along with the usual array of amazing guest artists. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

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

 

Music for the Moon: Ensemble Concert- Symphonic Winds

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

Since the earliest times, the moon has always held a fascination for humans. Using poetry and improvisation by the band, Libby Larsen has created a very special band piece.  Roger Cichy will musically introduce us to the “Galilean Moons of Jupiter.”  Christine Buckstead will sing Dvorak’s famous aria “Song to the Moon”.  Of course, there will be a march or two and the “Carnival of Venice” performed on the Euphonium by Chico State’s own Brian Pratt.  If you like Band music you will love this concert, presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

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

 

 

The Eclectic Organ: Guest Recital, Thomas Mellan

Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Thomas Mellan, a rising star in the organ world, comes to CSU, Chico to play his recital on the fabulous Centennial Organ. Mellan’s program will involve an eclectic mix of composers including Cléambault, Mozart, Messiaen, Schumann, Liszt, and, of course, Johann Sebastian Bach. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear an outstanding musician on a unique, one-of-a-kind organ.

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

 

November

Of Passion and Prayers: CSU, Chico Choral Ensemble

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

The language of love and calls to the divine are featured in this fall concert presented by the Acappella Choir, University Chorus, and Chamber Singers. From the timeless motets of Palestrina, to the lush harmonies of Morton Lauridsen, this promises to be an enjoyable evening of choral music. Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

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

 

“The Off-Broadways” Tour Troupe: Student Recital

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Zingg Recital Hall

CSU, Chico’s musical theater touring ensemble will present an afternoon of favorite songs from the musical theater canon. Musicals represented in song and dance include Oklahoma, South Pacific, Cabaret, and more…

Free and open to the public

Under Construction: Theatre Production

Wednesday, November 9- Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15- Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Wismer Theatre

 

This production is a collage of America today—scenes and songs and dances inspired by Norman Rockwell of the ’50s, and scenes and songs and dances inspired by an installation artist of the present day, Jason Rhoades. Rockwell and Rhoades juxtaposed side by side, then and now, the ’50s and the present, the red states and the blue states, where we grew up and where we live today, form a piece that is, like America, permanently under construction. Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

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

 

North State Symphony: Inspired by Italy

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico

Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding

John Hagstrom, Trumpet

Showcasing music from Italy, this concert features the work of composers who were influenced by Italian culture, landscape, and sounds.

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.

Time for two: Ensemble Concert- Jazz X-Press and Concert Band

Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre   

The Concert Band and Jazz II have a special evening of music planned for you. The evening will include everything from overtures and marches to big-band swing and fusion. Also included will be music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Count Basie, and Sammy Nestico. This event is presented by the Department of Music and Theatre.

Free and open to the public

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, in small and large ensembles. This ever-evolving group performs an eclectic mix of 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

 

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, presented by The Department of Music and Theatre. 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.