The Orion

Bach Festival showcases classical music

Scholz was accompanied by Matt Raley on violin, Robert Bowman on harpsichord and Burke Schuchman on cello. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

March 14, 2018 On the same weekend Uncle Dad's Art Collective brought songs of Stevie Wonder, Chico Performances teamed up with School Of The Arts to present the 2018 Chico Bach Festival. The Bach Festival offered a different experience called Vivaldi...

Chico Performances reflect the university’s connection with the community

Felix Pouliot performs an acrobatic stunt far above the ground at Chico Performances on Feb. 13. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Hannah Yeager

March 7, 2018

There is a chance that almost every student has seen the posters posted around Laxson Auditorium advertising the next large performance or speaker coming to Chico. Shows like Cirque Eloize and Radiolab host and producer Jad Abumrad come multiple times throughout each month, provided by Chico Perform...

Chico locals boogie down Broadway

Students instruct children with dance moves. Photo courtesy of University Events.

Sarah Strausser

March 30, 2016

On April 1, along Third Street from Main Street to Broadway Street, downtown Chico will transform into a dance stage, and anyone who attends will have a chance to be a star. Stephen Cummins, director of University Events, kicked off the event last year, said Dan Goodsell, production coordinator of...

Live movie score guarantees to wow at Laxson

Matthew Manfredi

February 27, 2016

There is very little dialogue featured in the 2003 French film “The Triplets Of Belleville.” The animated characters communicate through eye contact, charming mannerisms and powerfully crafted pantomime. Meanwhile, the emotion of these characters — the sheer romanticism of the entire film — i...

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren

April 9, 2015

Purple and blue lights dimly hit the performance stage. A faint keyboard chord lays in for a few seconds. And then all of a sudden, a huge "BOOM" sound drives from the drums to kick off the first song.Out from the side of the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Tuesday came Buddy Guy, wearing his elaborate polka-dot shi...

Million Dollar Quartet is a jam session to remember

The cast of Million Dollar Quartet on their national tour. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Erin Vierra

March 31, 2015

Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall during an impromptu jam session featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley?That is exactly what happened during the Chico performance of Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony Award wining Broadway musical which was brought to life on the...

The Pink Floyd Experience to perform in Chico

The Pink Floyd Experience will be bringing the essence of the classic rock band to Chico in April. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Greta Gordon

March 16, 2015

Aided by a colorful light show and fun visuals, The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing at Laxson Auditorium on April 1. More than just a cover band, the Experience consists of six musicians dedicated to doing justice to Pink Floyd's psychedelic-rock style. By playing Pink Floyd's music live on stage, th...

Ballet troupe awes with ‘Swan Lake’

Dancers perform as swans in

Amanda Rhine

February 9, 2015

Lights flickered with warning that it was time for the clamorous crowd to take their seats. One by one, folks found their places in the theater and waited, their eager eyes glued to the stage’s drawn curtain. Music began to play overhead and the muffled murmurs filling the room hushed until ...

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Sofia Allmon dazzles as a Spanish dancer in Chico Community Ballet's

Kristen Moran

December 6, 2014

Snow Queen, Soldier Doll, Flower and a solo as a Spanish dancer thrown in for good measure. These parts, usually portrayed by different people, will all be performed by Core Butte Charter School junior Sofia Allmon in this year's Chico Community Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," staged through Dec....

Partnering in ‘The Nutcracker:’ leads on finding balance, cohesion

Dancers from a past production of Chico Performances and Chico Community Ballet's production of

Kristen Moran

November 30, 2014

[metaslider id=39219]Relying on someone to lift you higher, make your jumps more extreme and help present your dancing flawlessly and elegantly may seem like a tall order, but it's something the dancers of Chico Community Ballet do every day. Partner dancing is a major component of the company and Ch...

Q&A: Dancer Jenna Large on ‘The Nutcracker’

Jenna Large, center, dances in a previous Chico Community Ballet performance of

Kristen Moran

November 28, 2014

Ballet dancer and Butte College student Jenna Large sat down with The Orion to share some of her favorite parts of "The Nutcracker," her thoughts about a career in dance and details about her most recent dance injury. Large can be seen as protagonist Clara alongside other dancers from Chico Community Ballet in t...

Dance company to infect Chico with contagious contortions

Chico Performances presents the internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus
Nov. 11 in Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Trevor Whitney

November 7, 2014

Internationally-acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will chasse into Laxson Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The company, which has performed in Chico previously, has also performed in TV commercials, NFL games and the 2007 Academy Awards.One of the show's five pieces is a collaboration with renowned illusionists Penn &...

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