School of the Arts

2019–2020 Free Ensemble Concerts

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Low Brass Choir

CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts presents several free ensemble concerts during the 2019–2020 season. This includes concerts from the Low Brass Choir, Jazz II and Concert Band, and Chico State Guitar Ensemble.

The Low Brass Choir begins this season’s ensemble concerts with the fall concert, Featuring Our Own. This concert takes place Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. Alumni will be featured, as well as music written and arranged by current students, former students and other friends. In the spring, the Low Brass Choir presents their concert, À La the Golden Age on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The concert will be designed in the style of Patrick S. Gilmore, J. P. Sousa, and many others as heard in monster concerts during America’s Golden Age of the Concert Band! Both concerts are free and open to the public. 

“There will be lots of fun, toe-tapping music!” said Lloyd Roby, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

The Jazz II and Concert Band ensembles unite to put on two concerts during the season. Their fall concert, Bach to Basie, takes place Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. There will be a wide array of music performed including the music of Bach, Reed, Barnes, big band, fusion, and a march or two. In the spring, their concert A Serenade or Two takes place Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. This concert includes everything from overtures and marches to big band swing and fusion.

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Jazz II and Concert Band

“The Concert Band and Jazz II have special evenings of music planned for you,” said Rocky Winslow, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

Wrapping up the fall semester ensemble concerts is the Chico State Guitar Ensemble. Its Fall Recital takes place Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. There will be a varied program made up of solos, duos, quartets and works for large ensemble.

“Whether revamping classics or embracing newer original works, this group always gives entertaining and enthusiastic performances,” said Tobin Roye, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

For more information on our free ensemble concerts, visit the School of the Arts website and Facebook page.

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Story by Shelby Casey, School of the Arts publicity assistant