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September

Organ Recital: Glorious Duet

Friday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Stage

Organists Marian Metson and Rex Rellanka perform a wide variety of music in this recital featuring the grand Centennial Organ. The program includes Charles Ives’s popular Variations on America and a Beethoven piece for a musical clock as well as selections by John Rutter, J. S. and C.P.E. Bach, Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, and John Cook.

Free.

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North State Symphony: Embark

Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, Chico
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Free pre-concert talk at 1 p.m.

Ryan Kuster impressed us when he sang in the North State Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He will sing a selection of favorite opera arias in this season-opening concert.

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.

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October

Band: Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert

Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

To honor the late Daniel Hiestand, a longtime Chico band professor, and to support the scholarship in his name, the Chico State Band and Alumni invite you to join them for a wonderful evening of favorite tunes. The Chico State Wind Ensemble opens the first half of the concert, and the Alumni Band rounds out the second half. Come be a part of this very special evening.

Free, with donations accepted.

Theatre: Living Dead in Denmark

Tuesday, October 14 - Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Wismer Theatre

Ever wondered what happened after the final curtain fell on Hamlet? Simple: Zombies took over Denmark and now humanity’s best hope lies with a Shakespearean version of The Avengers. As playwright Qui Nguyen tells it, this time around, Ophelia leads the fight for good, joined by Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and trusty Horatio. Facing them is a mysterious Zombie King and his team of villains, including Titania, Puck, Caliban, and more. Join us for an evening of high drama and hijinks directed by Professor Katie Whitlock of the Chico State Department of Music and Theatre, and leave your brains at home. Literally. Zombies love brains.

*Mature language, gore, and violence promised!

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Jazz X-Press: Jazz Tricks and Treats

Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Once again, the Chico State Jazz X-Press will offer up some of Northern California’s best jazz at their annual fall concert. The Jazz X-Press, directed by Chico State Professor Rocky Winslow, performs jazz from composer greats such as Thad Jones, Count Basie, Maria Schneider, Thelonius Monk, and many others. The Jazz X-Press often includes new originals and arrangements by the students themselves. Check in for updates, as most every concert features some very special guest artists who spend a week doing workshops and other performances at Chico State. All of the rehearsals and other activities are always open to the public. Recent guests have included Bobby Shew, Paul Romaine, Eric Gunnison, Brad Leali, Mark Simon, and Greg Gisbert. Come celebrate Halloween with us as the X-Press offers up some jazz tricks and treats!

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

November

Symphonic Winds: Evolutions

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

The voice of the band has changed over the one hundred years since Gustav Holst composed his First Suite in E-flat for Military Band. Hear the changes from early compositions such as the First Suite (1909), Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song (1918), and Bernard Rogers’s Three Japanese Dances (1933) to more recent works including Folk Songs for Band by David Stanhope (1990) and Ra by David Dzubay (2002). Join us for this remarkable journey through musical time with a host of marches.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Choral Concert: Choral Classics

Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Experience Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Haydn, Handel, Vaughn Milliams, and a multitude of other masters of the art of choral composition in this concert presented by the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Acappella Choir. If you love to listen to choral ensembles and great music, this concert exploring the panorama of the choral repertoire—from the somber and reflective to the uplifting and joyous—cannot be missed!

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Theatre: As It Is In Heaven

Wednesday, November 12 -  Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Wismer Theatre

In 1838, the calm and ordered world of the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, is upended by the arrival of Fanny, a young woman who sees angels in the meadow. Soon other young women are receiving spiritual “gifts” of songs, drawings, ideas, and giggles. The prosperity and very identity of the community is jeopardized as more and more young believers challenge the elders over who has the authority to decide how God’s will is done on earth “as it is in heaven.”


Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

North State Symphony: Imagine

Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, Chico
Free pre-concert talk at 1 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

From California to Berlin, Soheil Nasseri has won praise for his piano skills. The Berliner Zeitung called him “Fantastic! A real talent.”

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.

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Concert Band / Jazz II: A Serenade or Two

Wednesday, November 19 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 includes everything from overtures and marches to big band swing and fusion. It’s a potpourri of musical delights that will have you tapping your feet and humming along.

Free.

December

Scholarship Fundraiser: Glorious Sounds of the Season

Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Join us for this 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 Chico State Department of Music and Theatre. Get your tickets early.

Advance tickets, at $20 for all seats, available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets; tickets also available online or by calling 530-898-6333.



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February

Harlem Renaissance: Rent Party

Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre Stage

Join us in this homage to the parties staged by Harlemites in the 1920s and 1930s to raise donations to pay their rent. Dress up as your favorite figure from the era, eat some food, do a little dancing, and help raise funds for a worthy cause. Sponsors include the Chico State Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Office Of Diversity and Inclusion, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, and the School of the Arts.

Free; $5 suggested donation at the door.

North State Symphony: Discover

Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, Chico
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding
Free pre-concert talk at 1 p.m.

Called “one of the most interesting, imaginative, and downright thrilling young violinists in America today” (Jeffrey Kahane, LA Chamber Orchestra), Lindsay Deutsch brings a deep commitment to her performances.

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.

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New Music Symposium: Student Composers

Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Our own Chico State composition students and musicians are a talented bunch. Join us for an evening of original musical creations.

Free.

New Music Symposium: Earplay

Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Contemporary chamber music performed by Bay Area new music luminaires Earplay. Comprising virtuosic instrumentalists (including the North State Symphony’s own concertmaster, Terrie Baune), Earplay has performed over 400 works by more than 275 composers in its 28-year history, including over 100 world premieres and more than 60 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Known for their lyrical and ferocious style, Earplay performs pieces from some of today’s leading musical thinkers.

Free.

March

Theatre: Antigone

Tuesday, March 3 - Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

In this classic drama by Sophocles, Kreon, king of Thebes, arrests his niece, Antigone, daughter of the cursed Oedipus, for treason. He has staked his political legitimacy on national security; she has openly defied him as a matter of individual conscience. With her life on the line, they fight it out publicly in a battle of wills and moral certitude. This play raises questions that are as relevant today as they were 2,500 years ago in ancient Athens. Adapted and directed by William Johnson, professor of music and theatre at Chico State.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Chico Bach Festival: A Student Filigree

Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Chico State’s music students as well as young musicians from the Chico community present a delightful afternoon recital focused on music of the baroque and classical eras.

Free.

Chico Bach Festival: Bach to Bach

Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre Stage

Organist Julia Brown from Eugene, Oregon, returns to the Chico Bach Festival for this recital on the Centennial Organ. A specialist in historical performance practice, Ms. Brown will play the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his baroque contemporaries. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the fabulous Centennial Organ played by a true connoisseur and master performer of baroque music!


Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

April

Theatre: Spring Theatre Workshop

Thursday, April 2-Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday April 5 at 2 p.m.
Wismer Theatre

Whether it’s an intimate production of a hot new script, a fresh take on an old one, or a staged reading of an original work, the focus is on the play. Proceeds benefit the Donna Stone Breed Memorial Scholarship in the Department of Music and Theatre.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Concert Band / Jazz II: Bach to Basie

Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

The Concert Band and Jazz II join forces to provide a wide array of concert music. If you like Bach or Barnes, big band music, or fusion (and who doesn’t like at least one of those?), you’ll want to be a part of the audience. The concert also features original student compositions, so it’s not to be missed!

Free.

Choral Concert: Worthy to Be Praised

Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

The University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and A Cappella Choir present this concert highlighting the best of the American gospel and spiritual repertoire. Arrangements by contemporary composers Rollo Dilworth, Keith Hampton, Byron Smith, Stacey Gibbs, and the great Moses Hogan as well as Hall Johnson, William Dawson, and Harry Burleigh are featured.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Jazz X-Press: Sounds of the Night

Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlen Adams Theatre

Jazz musicians and their music tend to come out most often at night. For its spring concert, the Chico State Jazz X-Press offers up some of Northern California’s best nighttime jazz. The Jazz X-Press, directed by trumpeter and Chico State Professor Rocky Winslow, boasts a wide jazz repertoire and often includes new originals and arrangements from the students themselves. Check in for updates, as most concerts feature very special guest artists who spend a week doing workshops and other performances at Chico State that culminate with concert night. All of our rehearsals and other activities are always open to the public. Our most recent guests include Bobby Shew, Paul Romaine, Eric Gunnison, Brad Leali, Mark Simon, and Greg Gisbert. Come out and experience the Sounds of the Night!

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

Symphonic Winds: Acclamations

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

Join the Chico State Band as it performs favorite marches plus "Lauds" by Ron Nelson, Martin Mailman’s "Litanies", and Maslanka’s "Give Us This Day." This concert also features several guest chamber ensembles.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

2015 Spring Musical: The Will Rogers Follies - A Life in Revue

Wednesday, April 29-Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium

Celebrate the life of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers (1879–1935) in this song and dance spectacular. Set within the famous Ziegfeld Follies, which Rogers often headlined with his homespun stories, every scene and song in this musical comedy is a lavish production number highlighting the reminiscences of one of America’s most beloved folk heroes. With stunning showgirls, tapping wranglers, and rope tricks galore, this winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a feel-good hit! Based on the book by Peter Stone, the show features some of Cy Coleman’s best music and lyrics by the legendary writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Advance tickets, at $20 premium, $16 adult, $14 senior citizens, and $10 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

May

Chico State Guitar Ensemble: Madrigal Spells

Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Fall under the spell of enchanting music with the Chico State Guitar Ensemble as they present their annual spring concert, Madrigal Spells. This year’s program features select madrigals—spirited and charming pieces originally composed as vocal works—from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and Orlando Gibbons. The guitar ensemble format lends itself well to the effective adaptation of this elegant contrapuntal vocal music. As usual, the program will be rounded out with an array of solos, duos, and quartets performed by ensemble members in a variety of musical styles ranging from classic to contemporary.

Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 senior citizens, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, corner of Third and Chestnut Streets. Tickets are also available online at the University Box Office or by phone, 530-898-6333. For special needs seating call 530-898-6333.

 

North State Symphony: Arrive

Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Theatre, Redding
Free pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, Chico
Free pre-concert talk at 1 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

From Ukraine to Chico, Natalya Shkoda brings passionate lyricism and dedication to her dual roles as performer and teacher.

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.

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Student Recitals

Fall 2014 schedule TBA


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