The Orion

Bach Festival educates on the composer and showcases his music

Photo Courtesy of The 2019 bach festival

Mitchell Kret

March 12, 2019

The 2019 Chico Bach Festival came to a close March 10 with the Bach and Sons organ performance in Harlen Adams Theatre. Dr. Annette Richards and Dr. David Yearsley played pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach as well as his sons. Richards played the compositions by JS Bach while Yearsley played those by ...

Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico fills Harlen Adams Theatre with energy and spirit

Three ladies take turns singing their parts of the song

Mitchell Kret

February 18, 2019

The sound of vocalists and instrumental music resonated as the Celebration Gospel Choir of Chico filled the Harlen Adams Theatre for their "Living the Gospel" performance on Feb. 15. The Choir hosts a concert on the Chico State campus each year for Black History Month, celebrating their faith and sacred...

‘Our Town’ brings dramatic opera to Harlen Adams theater

Megan Schwartz and Valdis Birznieks on top of a ladder singing to one another during the

Alex Coba

January 28, 2019

“Our Town: An Opera in Three Acts” is the latest show to come to the Harlen Adams Theatre. Based on the play by Thornton Wilder, this production of the classic play utilized the dramatic art of opera singing to bring the story to life. The show tells the story of an American small town called...

‘Glorious Sounds of the Season’ is a non-stop holiday spectacular

The vocal groups sing carols to start the concert, conducted by Dr. Scholz. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

December 12, 2018

The lights dimmed, hiding the movement of ensembles as they quickly filed down from the Harlen Adams Theatre stage, lining the walkways alongside the audience. A spotlight focused on a small group, on the stage-left walkway, their brass bass instruments glimmering in the light of the otherwise darkened...

State Assembly District 3 and State Senate District 4 forum held at Chico State

Assemblyman James Gallagher and Sonia Aery converse after their closing remarks Tuesday evening at the forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Butte County Photo credit: Brian Luong

Josh Cozine

September 27, 2018

Candidates for State Assembly District 3, and State Senate District 4, met Tuesday evening in a sparsely filled Harlen Adams Theatre, for forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Butte County, asking the full gamut of pressing issues. Local media outlets North State Public Radio, Chico News &...

Music for the Moon: Symphonic Winds blew crowd away

Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

October 31, 2016

Conductor Royce Tevis led a band as they used instruments, along with wineglasses, to play songs pertaining to the moon, the event's theme. Staff and students came together to put on the Symphonic Winds Music for the Moon concert on October 29, 2015 in Harlen Adams Theatre. Soloing were Christine Buckstead,...

‘New Directions in Jazz’ jazzes up Harlen Adams Theatre

Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

October 23, 2016

Chico State’s Department of Music and Theatre put on the “New Directions in Jazz” concert in Harlen Adams Theatre Oct. 22. Rocky Winslow, who would have originally directed the concert, is out on medical leave because of a spine surgery he underwent in September. The Jazz X-Press club hopes...

Harlen Adams Theatre decks the halls


December 10, 2015

For those not yet in the holiday spirit, there was no better way than to celebrate with the music and theater department at its scholarship fundraiser. This year's "Glorious Sounds of the Season" included many talented performers such as the wind ensemble, a cappella choir, chamber singers, Jazz X-Press, ...

Review: ‘The Rover’ just punny enough without overdoing it

Actresses in

Dana Muensterman

October 18, 2015

"The Rover" is absolutely hilarious. The play may have been a bit long for a Tuesday night showing, but I was laughing at almost every scene. The amount of puns that were incorporated into this play was astonishing, with a sly sense of sexuality and playfulness. When I entered the Harlen Adams Theatre, the sta...

‘Antigone’ thought-provoking, current despite age

Ismene (right, Veronica Hodur) begs Antigone (Krasel Morales) not to break the law in Chico State's School of the Arts production of

Greta Gordon

March 7, 2015

The action and drama of the Greek tragedy, "Antigone," plays with complex ideas of morality. When Chico State’s Department of Music and Theatre chose to stage a Greek tragedy they knew it would be unlike other shows they have done in the past. “Because we’re working in an education department, ...

Holiday cheer will fill Harlen Adams in annual concert-fundraiser

Chico State's Acappella Choir and Symphonic Band perform at last year's Glorious Sounds of the Season concert. The opening night performance begins 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Harlen Adams Theatre. Photo courtesy of School of the Arts.

Emma Wood-Wright

December 2, 2014

Chico State's music and theater department will ignite holiday spirit during its fast-paced, joyous three-day concert that has become a seasonal staple in Chico."Glorious Sounds of the Season" will open 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a final matinee performance 2 p.m. Sunday.The fast-paced, 90-minute concert will fe...

Memorial expresses love for student musician through song

Aaron Drange's father, Michael, joins The Upstairs Neighbours for a performance in memory of Aaron on Friday at Harlen Adams Theatre. Photo credit: John Domogma

Emma Wood-Wright

October 26, 2014

Saxophone, trumpet, percussion, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and tambourine players gathered for a display of rhythmic love for Aaron Drange Friday night at Harlen Adams Theatre.Friends, family and professors shared stories in honor of Drange, a Chico State student who died in July, and played some ...

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