School of the Arts

Spring 2019

CSU, Chico's 2019 Spring Semester is Filled with Music and Theatre

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Spring Opera Production: Our Town

CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts presents a spring semester teeming with various music and theatre events.  

Spring Opera Production: Our Town

Kicking off the semester is the opera production “Our Town,” a performance based on Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The nostalgia of the early 20th century fictional town Grover’s Corner is revisited in this tale of life and death in an American small town. Performances are Friday–Saturday, Jan. 25–26 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“I’m excited because it’s a really wonderful story, a wonderful play and a relatively new opera,” said Bradley Martin, director and Department of Music and Theatre chair.

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Chamber Music Recital: Mid-Century Modern, Vol. 2

The first concert of the semester is the second and final installment in this year’s chamber music recital series. Mid-Century Modern, Vol. 2 takes place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall. Faculty and guest artists from the Towne Quartet will perform the rarely heard, attractive works of the mid-20th century. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“Russ always brings in world class performers,” Martin said. “What is really wonderful is it involves string players, which we don’t hear a lot of in chamber.”

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New Music Symposium: Terry Riley and Gloria Cheng

This year, the annual New Music Symposium spotlights composer and pianist Terry Riley. Three events will take place, including a performance of his seminal work “In C.” Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng will join Riley for a lecture and performance, and then a culminating performance. The symposium takes place Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1. All events are free and open to the public.

“The New Music Symposium seeks to present unique musical events not seen or heard anywhere else in the North State,” said David Dvorin, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Chico Bach Festival

Another annual event, the Chico Bach Festival, will take place from Thursday–Sunday, March 7–10. Events in this festival include a performance of Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” with complementary coffee supplied by Six Degrees Coffee Company, several workshops and masterclasses, a lecture with David Yearsley of Cornell University, a performance by the Baroque Orchestra Sinfonia Spirituosa, and a recital on the centennial organ. Some events are free, while others require tickets. For more detailed information on these events, visit our website.

“The Sinfonia Spirituosa Baroque Orchestra’s unique and varied instrumentation allows for programming which displays an astonishingly wide variety of national styles,” said David Scholz, director and Department of Music and Theater faculty member.

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Low Brass Choir: Low and Behold

The first Low Brass Choir concert of the school year, “Low and Behold,” takes place Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The Low Brass Choir will be joined by alumni to present a thrilling concert full of music by the likes of Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and John Philip Sousa. This concert is free and open to the public.

“There will be the LBC’s own distinctive humor with delights for everyone in attendance,” said Lloyd Roby, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Spring Production: The River Bride

The River Bride

The spring theatre production is the fairly new dramatic play, “The River Bride.” Performances are Thursday–Saturday, April 4–6 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, April 6–7 at 2 p.m. in Wismer Theatre. This tale of cautionary love revolves around two sisters and a mysterious man pulled out of the river by fishermen, and is inspired by Latino folklore about the Amazon. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333. Seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

“I saw a production of this play in Ashland in 2016. It is a gorgeous play,” said Cynthia Lammel, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Jazz X-Press: Springtime is Swingtime

The first of the April concerts is the Jazz X-Press’s spring concert, “Springtime is Swingtime” on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. The Jazz X-Press will be performing some swinging jazz, as “it doesn’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“They're Back! Two of our favorite and most amazing guests appearing with the Jazz X-Press, Paul Romaine and Greg Gisbert, will be returning again this spring 2019, and we just can't wait!” said Rocky Winslow, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Symphonic Winds: Art and Music

The following week, the Symphonic Winds presents “Art and Music” on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. The band will perform pieces of music inspired by works of art displayed in the Louvre and Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“We hope we take people out of their everyday life and that the music transports them to other places,” said Royce Tevis, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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The Jazz II and Concert Band: Doubles

The Jazz II and Concert Band join forces for the concert “Doubles” on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Everything from overtures and marches to big band swing and fusion, along with music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, and perhaps some original compositions by Chico’s own composers will be performed. This concert is free and open to the public.

“This is a concert we do each semester, and it always proves to be a fun night sharing musical enjoyment,” Winslow said.

Choral Ensembles: And the Earth Sings

In another concert of joined forces, the Acappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and University Chorus unite for the Choral Ensembles concert, “And the Earth Sings.” This concert celebrating Earth Day takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“The ensembles really have a wonderfully blended sound this year,” Scholz said.

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Spring Musical: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The 2019 Spring Musical is the stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Performances take place Thursday–Saturday, May 2–4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, May 4–5 at 2 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. This modern Broadway classic includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman for the movie, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“There are few things more magical than Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ This wonderful musical is fun for the whole family,” said Matthew Teague Miller, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Spring Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Chico State Guitar Ensemble: Guitarchestra!

The final event of the semester is the Chico State Guitar Ensemble concert, “Guitarchestra!” on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall. Mark Houghton’s “Guitarchestra!,” along with other new original works composed for guitar ensemble by contemporary guitar composers will be performed. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333.

“We play a variety of music, so there’s something there for everyone,” said Tobin Roye, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.

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Tickets for all events are available at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call 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, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant