North State Symphony, New Conductor
Raises the Curtain on 2015-2016 Season


Scott SeatonScott Seaton, the new music director and conductor of the North State Symphony (NSS), has selected the musical pieces the orchestra will perform during his premier season with the NSS. The season features some very famous classical music, as well as newer works.

Tickets are now on sale for the season of four major concerts, as well as individual concerts, at the University Box Office in Chico (530-898-6333) and the Cascade Theatre Box Office in Redding (530-243-8877).

Seaton, who is moving to the North State this month, said, “For the 2015-16 season, I’ve programmed many of the classical music world's most famous and beloved pieces by composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart. Masterworks such as these are not only comforting and reassuring, but, even after hundreds of years, they reach the depths of our souls.”

Those words apply directly to the symphony’s season opener, to be performed on September 26 in Redding and September 27 in Chico. The concert, called Now Presenting . . . , features Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”, and Tchaikovsky’s “First Piano Concerto,” with soloist Alpin Hong.

Seaton’s second concert with the NSS, Maestro in the Spotlight, takes place November 14 in Chico and November 15 in Redding. The concert will be a feast of music, dating from the 18th century to the 1950s. The ever-popular “West Side Story” music by Leonard Bernstein will be played in an instrumental version, joined by a Haydn symphony, a festive new piece and the ever-popular “Blue Danube” Waltz by Strauss. Young Artist Award-winning student violinist Brianna Ruiz will solo.

The symphony returns in 2016 with Melodic Attraction — favorites for traditional music-lovers. Performances take place February 27 in Redding and February 28 in Chico. The concert will feature Mozart’s “Magic Flute Overture,” which begins solemnly and ends joyously, and Brahms’ Second Symphony. Between Mozart and Brahms, brilliant young violinist Andrew Sords plays a Finnish masterpiece by Jean Sibelius.

The season ends on May 14 in Chico and May 15 in Redding with more music by Beethoven and Puccini, and a beautifully passionate and virtuosic work by Russian Sergei Rachmaninoff. Young American composer Mason Bates’ selection, “Mothership,” is described by Seaton as "dance club meets the orchestra!"

In addition, the NSS will offer a Christmas holiday concert set, a chamber music concert, and youth concerts in Chico, Red Bluff and Redding. 

The entire 2015-2016 North State Symphony season is sponsored by Dignity Health, which issued this statement:

“Dignity Health is very pleased to partner with the North State Symphony. Our two organizations have many things in common. We know that physical, emotional and spiritual health are all connected, and we feel that music and medicine make beneficial partners.”

The North State Symphony was created in 2001 from the merger of the Chico and Redding symphonies, and functions as a program within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico.

The musicians of the orchestra include professionals from a wide geographic area and community members, as well as students and faculty members of the University. CSU, Chico also provides extensive administrative and production support to the symphony.

The origins of the North State Symphony can be traced back to 1905, when the first orchestra formed at what was then the Chico State Normal School. Thus, 2005 was celebrated as the 100th anniversary of symphonic music in the North State area.

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