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Soloists perform lauded classical pieces

Soloists perform lauded classical pieces

Melissa Joseph

September 10, 2019

Four soloists took on the grueling challenge of recreating the masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Hindemith Sunday afternoon at Zingg Recital Hall. The soloists included cellist Leighton Fong, clarinetist Russel Burnham, Bradley Martin, pianist and violinist Anna Presler from the Left Coast Chamber En...

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 State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Rayanne Painter

March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on Thursday evening to watch the musicians recreate his masterpie...

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...

Fall Acoustics show brings relaxing vibes to The Hub

Fall Acoustics show brings relaxing vibes to The Hub

Grant Schmieding

December 2, 2018

Wet fall leaves littered the floor as students entered the room. Christmas lights twinkled across a raised stage and melodic acoustic guitar songs rang through the relaxed crowd. Students escaped the cold, wet weather at the first ever Fall Acoustics show in The Hub Thursday evening. Hosted by the Sc...

TV producer and writer shares journey through the entertainment industry

TV producer and writer shares journey through the entertainment industry

Grant Schmieding

October 26, 2018

From playing punk rock, practicing media law, managing a record label and radio broadcasting to writing and producing TV shows and movies, Joe Escalante has done it all. Escalante, founder of Kung Fu Records with a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, shared the story of his remarkable journey t...

Chico Unplugged rocks Madison Bear Garden with local talent

Chico Unplugged rocks Madison Bear Garden with local talent

Grant Schmieding

September 22, 2018

The crowd, tightly packed, mostly stands—mingling as shoulders brush and bump. The stage is small, pushed into a corner, surrounded by bright, colorful lights. Beams of purple, blue and red dance across the venue, forming pools around moving shadows. School of the Arts (SOTA) employees in black...

School of the Arts Productions to host Chico Unplugged

School of the Arts Productions to host Chico Unplugged

Natalie Hanson

September 11, 2018

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions will host the first of three musical competitions, Chico Unplugged, at the Madison Bear Garden restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20. This biannual competition by SOTA allows the competition of singers and songwriters, for three Thursdays, to share their original...

Bach Festival showcases classical music

Bach Festival showcases classical music

Natalie Hanson

March 14, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9JQ1cSyoXo&feature=youtu.be 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...

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Amateur artists showcase at local restaurant

Josh Cozine

February 11, 2018

Local music artists and songwriters performed in a competition at Madison Bear Garden Thursday night.Chico Unplugged, hosted by student-run School of the Arts (SOTA) productions, kicked off on the upstairs dance floor of the restaurant. This room was transformed into a musical stage and filled up with c...

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Rylee Pedotti

October 9, 2016

It was standing room only Thursday night at Madison Bear Garden, where a vibrant crowd consumed the cozy upstairs lounge to catch a glimpse of local talent featured in Chico Unplugged. The singer-songwriter showcase began five years ago when Chico State's SOTA Productions sought to further the conne...

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