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Parties and classical music are in the air as the North State Symphony opens its concert season, the first under new music director Scott Seaton. The concert climax of the two-city celebration will feature a fiery piano solo and Beethoven’s iconic “Fifth Symphony.”
Kicking off a week of festivities on Sunday, Sept. 20, is a garden party in Chico. The Prelude Party will introduce Seaton to local classical music fans in a fundraising event hosted by the Chico Guild. Tickets cost $30 and include refreshments and live entertainment.
The following Saturday, Sept. 26, in Redding, Dignity Health is presenting a street party in front of the Cascade Theatre to celebrate the opening night concert the same evening. Dignity, which is the Symphony’s season sponsor, invites all ticket-buyers for the evening concert to the party at no charge. Market Street, which is in front of the theatre, will be blocked off for the celebration which runs from 5:30-7 p.m.
On Sunday, Sept. 27th, the day begins with a brunch in Colusa Hall on the California State University, Chico campus. Symphony donors and season ticketholders are invited to the brunch, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Colusa Hall lies northwest of the concert location, Laxson Auditorium. Shuttle carts will meet attendees at the traffic circle on First and Salem Streets, and the campus entrance at Chestnut and Second Streets.
In both cities, the concerts feature world-favorite orchestral music. Pianist Alpin Hong is featured in Tchaikovsky’s “First Piano Concerto,” and the concert concludes with the “Fifth Symphony” by Beethoven. Also on the program are works by Smetana and a “surprise” by Tennessee composer Michael Slayton, who will attend the Redding concert.
A preconcert talk will be led by Seaton in each city, one hour before each concert. Because of the special celebrations, both preconcert talks will be held in the same locations as the concerts. Previously, Chico talks had been held in the Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are available in Redding at the Cascade Theatre Box Office, 530-243-8877, and in Chico at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333. Both individual concert tickets and tickets for the symphony’s four-concert subscription series are available. Season subscription buyers receive special recognition including the Chico pre-concert brunch.
For more information, go to www.northstatesymphony.org.