College of Humanities & Fine Arts

HFA & School of the Arts Events

Spring 2023 Events


Dr. Jefferson Cowie, "Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power"  

Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture  

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Recital Hall  

Free  

A prize-winning historian and author, Dr. Cowie explores the history of an Alabama county to reveal white Americans’ fight for freedom—their freedom to dominate others—and their battles with the federal government that got in the way. Read more about this Cowden Lecture.


Past Empowering the Present  

Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert  

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | Harlen Adams Theatre  

Free  

Chico State’s Department of Music and Theatre presents “The Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert: Past Empowering the Present”. The Chico State Ensemble opens the concert. While the Alumni Band performs in the second half of the show. Featured music includes traditional Wind Ensemble literature as well as the premiere of alumni Roxanne Winslow’s composition “Chico.” 

This concert is held annually in support of the Hiestand Music Education Scholarship. This event is free and open to the public.


Treelogy: Conversation With the Artists

New Music Symposium 

March 1* | 10:30 a.m. | Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall 

Free

Join us for an intimate look at the making of Treelogy — a musical tribute to California’s precious trees under threat by wildfires — as the Chico State Music and Theatre Department and Chico Performances host the New Music Symposium. In this next-day event following the Treelogy concert, composers Billy Childs, Steven Mackey, and Gabriella Smith, along with musician Etienne Gara, share the unique artistic vision and craft that went into creating the original multi-disciplinary work.

*This event was rescheduled from February 23.


Puffs 

Theatre Production 

Wednesday–Saturday, March 1–4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday–Sunday, March 4–5, 2023 | 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.  

“Puffs” follows a group of new students during their seven increasingly eventful years at a certain School of Magic and Magic. Those with and without a love for all things Harry will enjoy this unapologetic and inventive play that tells a familiar story in a fresh and new way. Follow three unlikely Puffs just trying to make it at a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.  

“Puffs” is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed, or endorsed by J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

Content warning: This production includes strong adult language.

Note: One guest will be selected at random to participate in the performance.


Jazz for 300: What is Swing? 

Jazz X-Press 

Saturday, April 8, 2023 | 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.  

No need to question the answer here. The Chico State Jazz X-Press has been at work and looks forward to sharing another night of fantastic jazz music with our usual lineups of guest bands and guest artists playing standards to new works, sometimes even homegrown from faculty and students during their spring concert. 


Of Water and Wind 

Choral Concert 

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 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 Acappella Choir and Chamber Singers for an evening of songs invoking the four elements. From renaissance madrigals to contemporary choral settings, the variety of pieces performed in this concert will leave every listener satisfied.


Two Sides to the Coin  

Concert Band & Jazz Too Concert  

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 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 Concert Band and Jazz Too Ensemble for an evening of diverse musical performance. 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!


Gersh-winds  

Symphonic Winds  

Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 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 bliss and nostalgia. Celebrating the music of George Gershwin, this performance will most certainly leave you with a feeling of excitement and grandiosity. This concert welcomes audience members of all ages and will be sure to leave you feeling musically inspired!


Wizard of Oz 

Spring Musical 

Thursday-Saturday, May 4–6, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday-Sunday, May 6–7, 2023 | 2 p.m. 

Laxson Auditorium | Reserved Seating 

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

Join us as we follow Dorothy Gale and a few friends she makes along the yellow brick road to the magical Land of Oz. An adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this beautiful fantasy includes an iconic musical score and memorable characters for all ages to love. The 1939 film version starring Judy Garland received six Academy Award nominations, taking home the win in two categories: Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow” and Best Original Score.


Brass from the Past!  

Brass Choir  

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. | 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 will be sure to provide an evening of diverse musical taste.