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Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State
May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium...

‘Astronomic’ chamber music by Brahms serenades

Terrie Baune, John Chernoff and Dan Nebel perform Horn Trio in E Flat major. “The horn isn’t typically an accompaniment of piano and violin,” Nebel said, but the French Horn addition enhanced the composition of the piece. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson
January 29, 2019

There were many events happening on and around campus Saturday night. But the melodious tune from the trickling of piano keys and plucking of violin strings from within the Zingg Recital Hall of the Arts...

North State Symphony works to perfect modern interpretation of classical music

A portion of the violin section of the North State Symphony at the Museum of Northern California Arts on Saturday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood
November 7, 2018

Violins whined, clarinets hummed and strings moaned as musicians warmed up their instruments next to famous pieces of artwork. The conductor, Scott Seaton, stepped up to his music stand, shuffled his music...

Wine Time hosts chamber music performances

Joel Quiavey in thought during an interview at wine time. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford
November 4, 2018

Nothing's better than chamber music and wine. Four musicians from the North State Symphony played at Wine Time, a local family-owned and operated small-plate restaurant, Wednesday. The quartet played a...

‘Rumba to Ravel’ reels in classic melodies

Promotional photo for
September 22, 2016

Need a refreshing, sober Saturday night filled with sophistication and classical melodies? Come to Laxson Auditorium this Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. for the performance of the year. The North State Symphony...

Introducing the new North State Symphony conductor

Scott Seaston conducting the North State Symphony in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer's Night Dream  last January at Laxson auditorium Photo credit: George Johnston
September 26, 2015

Some men play instruments; this man plays the orchestra. Scott Seaton has become the new conductor of the North State Symphony and this is his story. From Nashville, Tennessee, Seaton discovered his love...

North State Symphony tries out 3rd conductor candidate

Lindsay Duestch leading beautifly The North State Symphony in a violin solo. Photo credit: George Johnston
February 23, 2015

Walking into Laxson Auditorium Saturday night, notes of classical instruments being fine tuned filled the air and heightened the room's anticipation for the coming performance and chance to witness...

North State Symphony receives largest donation in history

Robert and Ann Morgan were devoted supporters of classical musical in Northern California and set aside a $1 million gift to be given to the North State Symphony upon their deaths. Photo courtesy of Robert and Ann Morgan.
February 8, 2015

Two lifelong music lovers have shown their appreciation by giving a $1 million gift to the North State Symphony, a program within Chico State's College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Robert and Ann Morgan,...

North State Symphony to kick off ‘Season of Discovery’

Christian Baldini is one of four conductors competing for the chance to become the North State Symphony's new music director. Photo courtesy of Chico State's School of the Arts.
September 13, 2014

Embark on a night of classical music with one of the most renowned symphonies in Northern California. The North State Symphony will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Laxson Auditorium. The show's...

North State Symphony performance bids farewell to professor

May 11, 2014

The North State Symphony presented a performance of "Harmonic Landscapes" Saturday, May 10.The North State Symphony, a combination of Chico and Redding symphonies, was established in 2001 and has been...

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