Navigate Left
  • Photo taken by Molly Myers on Sept. 3, 2023 downtown across from where the Farmers Market is held.


    Abandoned shoes in Chico: photo series

  • Left side of table, Jenna McMahon, Nathan Chiochios and Jessica Miller sit with, on the right side front to back, Callum Standish, Molly Myers, Nadia Hill, and Grace Stark at  Estom Jamani Dining Commons. Photo taken April 29 by a kind employee at the dining hall.


    The Orion tries the dining hall

  • Both faculty members’ and students’ mental health are suffering due to a lack of support at Chico State and across the California State University System. Photo by Vie Studio on Pexels.


    Faculty, students’ mental health continue to suffer

  • Thanks to horror films, some names have been ruined ... or made cool. Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels.

    Arts & Entertainment

    Names horror films have ruined … or made cool

  • Sydney Sweeney in Immaculate. Photo courtesy of NEON.

    Arts & Entertainment

    He said, she said: ‘Immaculate’

Navigate Right
Breaking News
Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Chico State's independent student newspaper

The Orion

Student musicians showcase classical talent

Danielle Silveira singing soprano and David Rothe playing the organ at the Bach Festival. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Bach is regarded as possibly the greatest composer of all time and his work revolutionized music for the centuries. The Chico Bach Festival is a celebration of Bach and his influence on music through the ages.

The first performance of the festival, “Baroque, Not Broke,” took the stage Thursday afternoon in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.

The stage contained two spectacular Baroque-style pipe organs, a harpsichord and a grand piano.

The performance consisted of seven beautifully executed pieces by Bach, George F. Handel, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Domenico Scarlatti.

The students participating exhibited immense talent on the flute, bassoon, piano and vocals.

The vocals were an exceptional addition to the music. Each of the singers were very talented in the traditional opera style and their stylings complemented the music beautifully.

The audience was silent as the performers played each piece, taking in the reflective and intelligent beauty of the music.

The festival usually includes pieces by Bach and some of his contemporaries and successors, and sometimes his predecessors are included to show the development of music through time, said David Rothe, a former Chico State professor and the founder of the Chico Bach Festival.

“One of the things people say about Bach is that he is the composer into which, and from whom all things musical have happened,” Rothe said.

Within this music one can hear the origins of every type of music, which is amazing to experience. It elicits a real appreciation for the great composers of the Baroque period.

“The music was very soothing,” said Sarah Curd, a music student at Butte College.

Shannon Sweeney, another music student at Butte College, and her friend are in a music class and they found out about the Bach festival through the Kaleidoscope, a publication by the School of the Arts, she said.

The Chico Bach Festival will continue with a performance by Rodney Gehrke of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Friday night and will conclude on Saturday night with a performance by countertenor Reginald Mobley.

Anyone interested in singing or classical music will not want to miss out on these fantastic performances.

Sarah Scharf can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All The Orion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *