School of the Arts

Glorious Sounds of the Season is Back

The Wind Ensemble performs during a previous Glorious Sounds fundraiser.

Glorious Sounds of the Season is ringing in the holiday by bringing people together again after a hiatus during the pandemic.

This annual scholarship fundraiser for the Department of Music and Theatre at Chico State is a much-beloved holiday tradition. This year the event will be under the creative direction of Chris Navarrete, director of bands, for the first time.

Glorious Sounds of the Season takes place December 2 and 3, with both shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee on December 4. All performances are in the Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144) on the Chico State campus.

“Our goal is to leave the audience feeling happy, joyful, and excited,” Navarrete said. “This concert is focused on the performance of holiday music. We hope to jumpstart everyone’s holiday spirit as we transition into the end of the year.”

The concert is traditionally fast-paced, lasting about 90 minutes, and filled to the brim with holiday cheer and a diverse array of musical ensembles. Expect performances from talented Chico State students and faculty and Chico community members, including the Children’s Choir of Chico, the Acapella Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, various soloists, mixed ensembles and theatre groups, and more.

In addition to performances by instrumental, theatre, and choral ensembles, there will be narrated storytelling throughout the duration of the concert, said Navarrete. Attendees can also expect the sing-along tradition to continue with the audience encouraged to join in on holiday classics such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Proceeds from the concert go directly to the support scholarships given to Chico State music and theatre students.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and are available online and in person at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.

For those who need special seating accommodation, please call 530-898-6333.

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Story by Alexis Hurley, College of Humanities and Fine Arts/School of the Arts Publicity