Brian Stone, North State Symphony Finalist: ‘Take the work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously’

Today we meet Brian Stone, one of four finalist contenders vying for the North State Symphony’s Music Director opening left by Kyle Wiley Pickett. We spoke with conductor Christian Baldini first. Q: You’ve worked as a conductor and teacher all… Continue Reading

North State Symphony’s Baune Together with Tutunov This Weekend

The North State Symphony’s concertmaster, violinist Terrie Baune, will appear in a duo concerts in a program of international favorites for violin and piano with pianist Alexander Tutunov, a frequent guest artist with the Symphony. Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett… Continue Reading

7 Chamber Musicians Take on 3 Eras in 2 Concerts

What: Two North State Symphony Chamber Music Concerts

When: Saturday (March 5) at 7:30 p.m. in Old City Hall, Redding; and Sunday (March 6) at 2 p.m. in Chico State University’s Recital Hall, Chico.

Cost: $20
Seven string and wind musicians from North State Symphony will perform … Continue Reading


2 Young Talents to Shine in Symphony’s ‘Beauty Rising’

It’s an achievement to play a challenging piece of music accurately while maintaining good tone. Anthoni Polcari accomplishes both of those tasks, yet takes his artistry a step further. “There’s something intangible about his caliber of talent,” says North State… Continue Reading


Symphony’s Grand Finale

Yes, “The Bold and the Beautiful” is the name of a daytime soap opera. And, yes, North State Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett knew that before he gave the same title to this weekend’s season-ending concerts in Redding, Chico and Red Bluff.

Sometimes you’ve got to have fun when you’re naming these symphony concerts. Plus … Continue Reading

Classical Concert, Talks Go ‘Bold and Beautiful’

What: The Bold and the Beautiful, performed by the North State Symphony When/Where: May 15, 2010 – Laxson Auditorium, Chico, 7:30 pm May 16, 2010 – Cascade Theatre, Redding, 2:00 pm May 16, 2010 – State Theatre, Red Bluff, 7:30… Continue Reading