School of the Arts

Sundays at Two

Sundays at Two Recital Series Features Various Musical Performances

Dr. Bradley Martin playing piano
Bradley Martin (featured in Piano Recital: Bradley Martin)

CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre presents “Sundays at Two,” a recital series that extends throughout the school year. Sundays at Two recitals are always on a Sunday at 2 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall, and are free and open to the public.

The recital series began two years ago with the opening of Zingg Recital Hall. Bradley Martin, the Department of Music and Theatre chair, decided to start the series to showcase what is happening in the department and to increase the number of scheduled concerts in a season.

“In the past, about 10 years ago, there were more recitals, so I wanted to start that up again,” Martin said.

Performers are primarily faculty members, and occasionally students will perform as well. It is a voluntary event to participate in; when the schedule is being made, people in the department who have interest are allowed to select dates they would like to perform.

There are a variety of styles of music and composition in the series such as vocal, instrumental, spoken word, classical, jazz, and blues.

“There’s something for everyone in terms of musical style,” Martin said.

Professor Rocky Winslow playing trumpet
Rocky Winslow (featured in An Afternoon of Jazz)

On Jan. 20, the Chico Composers recital will spotlight the works of past and present faculty members at Chico State. These faculty members include Ray Barker—whom the Department of Music and Theatre recording studio was named after, former department chairs Alfred Loeffler and David Colson, and current faculty members Tobin Roye and David Dvorin, among others.

“It was running into a past faculty member that got me thinking we need to honor them and what they did,” Martin said.

On Apr. 7, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member Daun Weiss will be singing her favorite songs of faith in the recital “Hymns at Dawn.” 

“Daun’s recitals are always theatrically produced,” Martin said. “It will be pleasing to the ear and the eye.”

The final recital of the series takes place May 12 and features Yamaha artist and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member Rocky Winslow in “An Afternoon of Jazz.”

“This is a first-class musician who plays around the country, and you get to hear him in Chico,” Martin said.

David Dvorin playing guitar
David Dvorin (featured in Blues Is...? and Chico Composers)

Below is a list of the remaining recitals in the series:

  • Oct. 28 – Blues Is…? (MORE INFORMATION)
  • Jan. 20 – Chico Composers
  • March 3 – Polkadot Brass Trio: Trio at Two
  • March 31 – Piano Recital: Bradley Martin
  • April 7 – Hymns at Dawn
  • April 28 – Piano Recital: Natalya Shkoda and Students
  • May 12 – An Afternoon of Jazz

The goal of this recital series is to provide a service to the community by allowing them to hear live music free of charge, as well as to create an appreciation for the music, the department, and what the department is doing.

“We want people to come and have standing-room only,” Martin said.

Zingg Recital Hall is located on the first floor of the Arts and Humanities Building. 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.


Story by Shelby Casey, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant