The Orion

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

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 student employees were not initially informed about the cancellation of all events. Employees re...

‘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

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 Building drew quite the audience. The concert was hosted by the North State Symphony and consisted o...

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

Natalie Hanson

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 sheets and rolled up his sleeves, all eyes fixed on him. Seaton slowly raised his arms, signaling...

Wine Time hosts chamber music performances

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

Alex Coba

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 variety of music by Mozart. “We played a bunch of quartets by Mozart," said Elizabeth Quiavey,...

‘Rumba to Ravel’ reels in classic melodies

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Anisha Brady

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 is a large, diverse orchestra consisting of professional musicians from all over the area, as well a...

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

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 of music in high school. He credits his high school band director as the person who peaked his inte...

North State Symphony tries out 3rd conductor candidate

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

Amanda Rhine

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 a piece of the North State Symphony's history in the making. The masterpieces of Jakob Ludwig Fe...

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.

Michael Mcclurg

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, former owners of Crown Motors in Redding, were lovers of classical music and longtime supporters o...

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.

Michael Quiring

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 conductor Christian Baldini will lead a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. This performance will be the first of four during this...

North State Symphony performance bids farewell to professor

David Kahn

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 part of Chico State's College of Humanities and Fine Arts for 14 years. During that time, the North State Symphony has ...

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