College of Humanities & Fine Arts

HFA & School of the Arts Events

Fall 2022 Events

The Music of Tomorrow

Sundays at Two

Sunday, September 4 | 2 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

Free

Enjoy an afternoon of the next generation of musical theatre featuring incredible songs from composers around the country, most of which have never been performed onstage. Contributors include Sara Cooper and Lynne Shankel (winners of the Richard Rodgers Award), Daniel Mertzlufft (Ratatouille the Musical and Thanksgiving the Musical as featured on The Late Late Show), Jesse J Sanchez (named “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine), Joey Contreras (Fred Ebb Award finalist and two-time Jonathan Larson Grant finalist), Murphy Taylor Smith and Emerson Mae Smith (named the 2019 York Theatre New/Outstanding Writers of the Future) and more! This event will be performed live in ARTS Recital Hall and live streamed for audiences around the country.


A Meeting in the Forest

Visiting Speaker: Author Jane Hegland with graphic artist Lomig

Tuesday, September 13 | 4–5:30 p.m. | Rowland Taylor Recital Hall

Free

Come immerse yourself in a forest of graphic and literary art! Watch projections of trees growing and characters coming into being beneath the pencil of award-winning French graphic novel artist Lomig as he creates original drawings inspired by his graphic novel adaptation of Jean Hegland's best-selling novel "Into the Forest."  

Lomig and Jean will begin with a brief discussion of graphic novels and Lomig's creative process as he adapted Jean's story. Then, as Jean reads aloud from her novel, Lomig will illustrate her reading live on-screen, starting with a blank piece of paper and ending with evocative and fully-realized pieces of art. This unusual event will offer audience members an hour of inspiration and meditation, as well as an invitation to consider diverse ways of storytelling, and how visual art and literature interact with and enhance each other. 


First Impressions: Curator's Choice

Turner Talk

Thursday, September 15 | 5:30 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

*Reception to follow at the Turner

Free

Join us for a curator talk and opening reception for First Impressions: Curator's Choice, the inaugural exhibition by new Turner curator Dr. Rachel Skokowski.  Filled with unexpected connections and serendipitous surprises, First Impressions will look at old favorites and new finds in the collection through fresh eyes.  

First Impressions will run from September 6-October 15, 2022 at the Turner and is generously sponsored by Jan and Russ Burnham.


Chico Jazz Ambassadors

Sundays at Two

Sunday, October 2 | 2 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

Free

Please join the Chico Jazz Ambassadors for an afternoon of blues, bebop, modern, and third stream jazz. Music will include original compositions and arrangements written by members of the band. This event is free to the public and welcomes audience members of all ages.


Visiting Artist:  Mirabel Wigon

Thursday, October 6 | 5:30 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

Free

Enjoy this artist talk by visiting artist, Mirabel Wigon.  She creates large-scale landscape paintings grappling with environmental phenomena resulting from, and related to, the built landscape. These paintings explore notions of progress, instability, and system collapse. Her works have been featured in numerous group exhibitions both regionally and nationally. Her recent work has been exhibited in Shifting Ground at the Michael Stearns Gallery, Made in California at Brea Gallery, and Painted 2021: 5th Biennial Survey at Manifest Gallery. Her awards include the Linda A. Day Endowed Student Award, Werby Marylin Award, and CSULB’s Provost Purchase Award. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Traditional Art from California State University, East Bay and her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at California State University, Stanislaus where she teaches drawing and painting. 


Cabaret 

Book by Joe Masteroff 

Music by John Kander 

Lyrics by Fred Ebb 

Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood 

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, October 9, 2022 | 2 p.m. 

Wednesday–Friday, October 12-14, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 2 p.m. 

Harlen Adams Theatre | General Admission 

$20 Adults | $18 Seniors | $8 Youth & Chico State Student
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

One of the most iconic and revolutionary musicals of the 1960s, Cabaret tells the story of Clifford Bradshaw, a young American writer in search of the inspiration for his first novel, and Sally Bowles, a British nightclub singer performing in the pre-WWII Weimar district of Germany. The three Broadway runs have won a combined 12 Tony Awards, and the 1972 film starring Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli won eight Academy Awards. 

Content warning: This production may not be suitable for all audiences. It contains strong sexuality, violence, and pregnancy loss. Additionally, this production utilizes images of hate relevant to the time period in which it is set. Please be advised.

Entrance to this performance will be through the Harlen Adams backstage door, as guests will be seated on stage.


Big Band Boogie Bash

Jazz X-Press 

Saturday, October 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlen Adams Theatre | General Admission 

$18 Adult | $16 Senior | $6 Youth & Chico State Student
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

The Chico State Jazz X-Press is clean, ready to swing, and welcomes all to a great night of jazz. From the big band classics to new originals, Jazz X-Press always leaves it all on the stage along with guest artists, faculty, and other guest schools. Come share this night of jazz with us as our 2022 Jazz X-Press fall concert culminates our inagural Big Band Boogie Bash.   


The Language of Love

Choral Concert

Saturday, October 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlen Adams Theatre | General Admission 

$18 Adult | $16 Senior | $6 Youth & Chico State Student
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.  

Join the Chico State Acappella Choir and Chamber Singers for an evening of music evoking the language of love. The music of Eric Whitacre and many others take center stage in what is sure to be a delightful concert that audience members of all ages will enjoy!


Flounder+

Sundays at Two

Sunday, October 30 | 2 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

Free

Combining the freewheeling groove and grit of mid-century blues and jazz with the intimacy and instrumental interplay of chamber music, Flounder performs original compositions and unique arrangements that emphasize rhythmic feel along with the adventurous exploration of harmony and texture. Joining music faculty and composer David Dvorin on guitar, Randy McKean on reeds, Cliff Childers on brass/harmonica, and Tim Bulkley on drums will be a few special guests, expanding the ensemble’s already wide-ranging sound palette. 


Hopper Visiting Artist:  Shirin Towfiq

Thursday, November 3 | 5:30 p.m. | Location TBD

Free

Enjoy this talk by visiting artist, Shirin Towfiq, a conceptual artist of Iranian descent that works in textile, photography, installation, performance, and socially engaged art. Her work addresses cultural, communicative, and interpersonal relationships. She received a BA in Practice of Art from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Stanford University. Drawing from her experiences being a second generation immigrant, Towfiq uses traditional crafts to recontextualize commonly held ideas surrounding family, memory, comfort, and self-constructed identity.


Crisp Sounds: An Elegy to Contemporary Concepts

Symphonic Winds

Saturday, November 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlen Adams Theatre | General Admission 

$18 Adult | $16 Senior | $6 Youth & Chico State Student
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

Please join the Chico State Wind Ensemble on an evening of eclectic music. Celebrating the variety of music composed during the 21st century, the music performed is sure to transport you to an evening of adventure, mystery, and elation. Featuring musical works by Oscar Navarro, James Barnes, and more, this concert welcomes audience members of all ages and is sure to leave you feeling musically inspired!  


Double Trouble, Toil and Trouble…  

Concert Band & Jazz Too Concert 

Tuesday, November 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlen Adams Theatre 

Free 

Please join the Chico State Concert Band and Jazz Too Ensemble for an evening of diverse musical performances. Presenting compositions both in the classical and jazz genres, this concert encompasses a variety of musical styles, perfect for anyone looking for a spontaneous evening. Featuring student conductors and performers — both music majors and non-music majors — this concert is a perfect mix of serious and fun styles of music! 


The Three Musketeers 

Newly devised by the cast and based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas 

Wednesday–Friday, November 9–11, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022 | 2 p.m. 

Wismer Theatre | General Admission 

$20 Adults | $18 Seniors | $8 Youth & Chico State Student
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

Arguably the most recognizable adventure novel ever written, The Three Musketeers is a swashbuckling story about three heroic swordsmen who fight for justice. With a fresh new script created by the cast, this production breathes new life into the familiar characters and story. 

Content warning: This production contains choreographed violence.  


Making her Mark: Women Printmakers at the Turner

Turner Talk

Thursday, November 10 | 5:30 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall

*Reception to follow at the Turner

Free

Join us for a curator talk and opening reception for the exhibition, Making her Mark: Women Printmakers at the Turner.  Celebrating female artists in the Turner collection, this exhibition will investigate the links between women's work and artistic labor.

The exhibition will run from October 31 - December 17, 2022 at the Turner and is generously sponsored by the Chico State Women's Philanthropy Council.  


Brass Wind 

Brass Choir 

Tuesday, November 15 | 7:30 p.m. | ARTS Recital Hall 

Free 

Please join the Chico State Brass Choir for an evening of variety, elegant, and fun music. This concert is performed by students, faculty, and community members, and invites audience members of all ages to join! Featuring music composed during the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras, this concert is sure to provide an evening of diverse musical taste.   


Glorious Sounds of the Season 

Music and Theatre Scholarship Fundraiser 

Friday–Saturday, December 2–3, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 2 p.m. 

Harlen Adams Theatre | Reserved Seating 

$20
Purchase tickets through the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. 

Glorious Sounds of the Season is back! 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 Winds Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, chamber and theatre ensembles, soloists, and readers. The proceeds benefit student scholarships in the Chico State Department of Music and Theatre. Get your tickets early!


Directing One-Acts 

Friday–Saturday, December 9–10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. | Wismer Theatre 

Free 

Chico State University’s Department of Music and Theatre presents four student-directed one-acts. Friday’s performances include Tuesdays and Sundays, directed by Ciara Christian-Berg; and No Exit, directed by Gabriella Saxon. Saturday’s performances include 4.48 Psychosis, directed by Susana Correa-Avila; and a musical theatre selection directed by Julian Barkley-Brinson.