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School of the Arts hosts final choir concert of the semester

School of the Arts hosts final choir concert of the semester

Angel Ortega

April 29, 2019

The Chico State Department of Music and Theatre held a choir concert, featuring Chico State’s Chamber Singers and Acappella Choir, Saturday at the Harlen Adams Theatre. The concert, titled, “And the Earth Sings,” was held in part to commemorate Earth Day, so many of the songs carried t...

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

Rayanne Painter

April 7, 2019

There’s no fairy godmother to save the day, or happily ever after while riding off into the sunset. This isn’t a typical Walt Disney fairytale.Chico State School of the Arts’ Department of Music and Theatre presented “The River Bride” on Thursday, its opening night. Describe...

Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

Alex Coba

February 23, 2019

Madison Bear Garden was filled with an adoring crowd and acoustic music as Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA) hosted “Chico Unplugged,” an acoustic competition that spans over the course of three nights at Madison Bear Garden. Musicians perform acoustic renditions of songs they've wr...

May the fourth: A pop culture collision comes to campus

May the fourth: A pop culture collision comes to campus

Christine Zuniga

May 4, 2016

May the fourth is consistently an opportunity for “Star Wars” fans every year, but this year it happens to fall on the Wednesday of opening night for “The Addams Family,” Chico State’s School of the Arts’ spring 2016 musical. Inevitably, the pop cultural references are strong with this campus. While Prime Time Prod...

School seeks singing competitors

School seeks singing competitors

David Kahn

April 27, 2014

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions is accepting video submissions for a chance to compete on NBC's "The Voice."SOTA Productions will pick 10 submissions to audition on campus on Friday, May 2. Of those 10, five students will be chosen to travel to Los Angeles to audition for the producers of...

Benefit features musically talented faculty, students

Benefit features musically talented faculty, students

David Kahn

April 23, 2014

Chico State School of The Arts presents "88 Keys at Chico State" at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.Featuring both students and faculty performing solo and ensemble pieces, the evening of classical piano music raises funds to support the Chico State keyboard program. Natalya Shkoda, co...

Ensemble to jazz up campus theatre

Ensemble to jazz up campus theatre

David Kahn

April 22, 2014

Chico State School of the Arts presents the Jazz X-Press ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Harlen Adams Theatre.Led by Professor Rocky Winslow, director of jazz studies at Chico State, the Jazz X-Press will perform pieces by Thad Jones, Maria Schneider, Alan Broadbent and Anita Brown.The ensemble will be join...

Wind ensemble blows audience away

Wind ensemble blows audience away

David Kahn

April 13, 2014

From classical compositions to more contemporary works, Chico State's Wind Ensemble, conducted by Royce Tevis and featuring guest clarinetist Ryan Heimlich, displayed a level of incredible musical ability. The Chico State School of the Arts department of music and theatre presented the Symphonic Winds “Band-ology” performance Saturday night in Har...

Backstage Q&A: Students showcase directing talent

Backstage Q&A: Students showcase directing talent

Ashiah Scharaga

April 9, 2014

Amelia Bransky and Murphy Mayer, senior theater majors at Chico State, are directing for Chico State's School of the Arts production of the 2014 Donna Stone Breed Memorial One-Acts, which run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a final show at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Larry Wismer Theatre. The Orion spoke with...

Professor looks back on career, thanks Chico State

Professor looks back on career, thanks Chico State

Ashiah Scharaga

March 13, 2014

Sue Hargrave Pate has never belly or hula danced. Never mind the fact she's been involved with dance since she was 16-years-old and has taught theater, movement, miming, directing, choreography and dance courses at Chico State for 28 years. "I've done ballet, I've done tap, modern, jazz; I've done all the traditional styles, but I haven't ever lea...

Theater professors, students weave thought-provoking creation stories into show

Theater professors, students weave thought-provoking creation stories into show

Ashiah Scharaga

March 5, 2014

Thunder booms and 15 actors clad in white pants and T-shirts with tie dye spirals are illuminated by a faint light. They march in, haphazardly stomping and clapping in the dark theater, becoming thunder.Suddenly there is a bang, and an image of the cosmos is projected onto the curtain at center stage. The actors...

Modern classical music moves symposium audience

Modern classical music moves symposium audience

Sarah Scharf

March 1, 2014

For most people, the term "classical music" brings Bach and Mozart to mind. The second concert of the New Music Symposium featured San Francisco-based classical duo The Living Earth Show at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall Friday night.Guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andrew Meyerson brought a new and different take on classical ...

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