CSU, Chico News

The Holiday Season is Underway with a Host of CSU, Chico Events

Date: 12-02-2016

Michele Chandler
Public Affairs

The holiday season at California State University, Chico is now in full swing, bringing a collection of celebrations ranging from the annual showing of The Nutcracker to a first-ever New Year’s Eve gala put on by the North State Symphony.

Here’s what is in store:

Glorious Sounds of the Season. CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre kicks the holidays off with this festive event featuring music and drama for the season. Performers include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, Acappella Choir, Chamber Singers and the University Chorus. Proceeds benefit student scholarships in the Department of Music and Theatre. With the merging of music and theatre into one department several years ago, the concert also features a number of short theatrical skits performed by theatre students and faculty.

Evening performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 2 and December 3. A 2 p.m. matinee is slated for Sunday, December 4. All tickets are $20 and are available at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. Tickets are also available online at http://bit.ly/2eLnglC.

A Very Chico Nutcracker. Chico Performances will present this holiday classic, a soaring story that captures the awe and expectation of the night before Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. The performance takes place at Laxson Auditorium from December 1–4. Tickets are available at the University Box Office, located at the corner of Third Street and Chestnut Street in Chico.

North State Symphony New Year’s Eve 2016 Pops. On December 31, 2016, ring in the New Year at the New York New Year’s Eve, a new gala event featuring food, dancing and guest artists’ performances with the North State Symphony. The event will take place at the Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Drive.

Ticket information is available online.

“It’s the first New Year’s Eve Pops concert that either Chico or Redding has had,” said North State Symphony Executive Director Elizabeth Quivey. “It might become the thing to do in the North State on New Year’s Eve.”

New York New Year’s Eve party-goers can choose a “mingle ticket” entitling them to a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres in the balcony for $45, or have table seating with a full dinner and no-host bar for $85.

The concert starts at 7 p.m., and a number of musicians involved in the orchestra will be CSU, Chico faculty members. “Our stage crew is made up of students from the theatre department at Chico State and we have a couple of music students who play in the symphony,” Quivey said.

Soprano Olga Perez Flora and tenor James Flora will perform Broadway hits from “West Side Story,” while pianist Hyperion Knight will play ragtime favorites and American composer George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The North State Symphony is a nonprofit project of the CSU, Chico College of Humanities and Fine Arts.