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Symphonic Winds: A Musical Bouquet

Symphonic Winds Ensemble to Feature North State Symphony Maestro Scott Seaton During 'A Musical Bouquet' Concert

Royce Tevis conducting
Royce Tevis, Director

CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre presents the Symphonic Winds’ spring 2018 concert, “A Musical Bouquet.”  Featured performer will be North State Symphony maestro Scott Seaton. The opening guest band will be Woodland High School, directed by Michael Loya. The concert takes place on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Tickets are available at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

Symphonic Winds is a hard-working ensemble, noted director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member Royce Tevis. Tevis recruited Seaton, who will be playing alto saxophone, for the concert.

“It’s exciting to work with someone who’s a conductor and who still plays his instrument,” Tevis said.

Maestro Seaton will be featured in “Joy Ride” from John William’s “Escapades,” which is music Williams wrote for the movie “Catch Me If You Can.”

“The piece not only demonstrates Maestro Seaton’s classical saxophone virtuosity, but truly exhibits his jazz experience,” Tevis said.

Other works performed during the concert include:

  • Harry L. Alford’s brass fanfare “The Purple Carnival”
  • Steven Bryant’s mystical and contemplative “The Marbled Midnight Mile”
  •  Gustav Holst’s arrangement of the jig-like “Fugue a La Gigue BMV 577” by Bach
  • Norman Dello Joio’s 20th-century “Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn”
  • Kenneth Alford’s British march “The Standard of St. George”
  • Eric Whitacre’s tongue-in-cheek “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas! For Wind Ensemble.”
Scott Seaton jumping in air
North State Symphony's Maestro Scott Seaton

“We try to cover a wide variety of music,” Tevis said. “Especially because most students in the ensemble are going to teach after they graduate and need to know different styles of music.”

The ensemble has been having a fun time learning each of these pieces for the concert.

“With this concert, we hope to take people out of their everyday lives and have the music transport them to other places,” Tevis said.

Tickets, $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $6 students and youth, are available to purchase at CSU, Chico’s University Box Office, 530-898-6333, online at www.chicostatetickets.com, or at the door. 

Harlen Adams Theatre is located in the Performing Arts Center, room 144, on CSU, Chico’s campus. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call the box office for arrangements, 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website and Facebook page.

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Story by Shelby Casey, publicity assistant, School of the Arts