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...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris

May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” delivers an erotically fun show

Left to right: Magenta (Makenzie Ryan), Dr. Frank N' Furter (Juan Bolaños), and Riff Raff (Brandon Burchard). Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Angel Ortega

October 23, 2019

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” was a gritty and gruesome, yet erotically captivating musical production. The musical, produced by Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA), was originally written and produced by Richard O’Brien and was later made into a film adaption, named ...

Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Winners of 'Chico Unplugged' pose together. Photo credit: Abram Melendez

Abram Melendez

October 8, 2019

The Chico Unplugged contest began at Madison Bear Garden on Thursday. This Chico State School of the Arts event is an American Idol-style competition in which contestants play two songs. After everyone is finished, the judges decide who wins and places in the competition.This was the first round of ...

Soloists perform lauded classical pieces

Leighton Fong on cello (right), Bradley Martin on piano, Anna Presler on violin (left) perform at Zingg Recital Hall at Chico State. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

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

Chico State's Chamber Singers performing

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

Helena anguishes over her unrequited love for her sister's fiance in

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’

A violinist from New Music Symposium concentrates while playing the beginning of Terry Riley's

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

5 Mile Myth Lead guitarist ends their third song of the night with soulful tunes. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

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

Lenon Padilla performs at the first-ever Fall Acoustics show in The Hub. Photo credit: Grant Schmieding

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

Joe Escalante listens to questions from the audience. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

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

Paraic King plays a song he wrote at Chico Unplugged on Thursday. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

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...

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