Special Little Concert II

ornamentChristmas Holiday Concerts

December 13, 7:30 pm – Chico, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Buy tickets online!
December 14, 7:30 pm – Red Bluff, State Theatre

Tickets: (State Thetare) 530 529-2787 or (NSS office) 530-898-5984
December 15, 4:00pm – Redding, Our Lady of Mercy Church
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Our own holiday tradition, beautiful Baroque music of the season plus an audience carol sing.

Tickets for Chico and Redding concerts (including desserts!): $30
Tickets for Red Bluff concert: $25


Christmas Suite - Gossec

“Comfort Ye/ Ev’ry Valley” from The Messiah - Handel - Vincent Chambers, tenor

Red Bluff Only: "And the Glory of the Lord" from The Messiah - Handel; selections from Gloria - Vivaldi

Redding and Chico Only: Concerto for Piano in F Minor, BVW 1056 - Bach; Natalya Shkoda, piano

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach

Panis angelicus - Franck - Vincent Chambers, tenor

Concerto Grosso op 8 no. 6 “For Christmas Night” - Torelli

Carol Sing Along

The Symphony is especially happy that our two major sponsors in the business world, Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding and Matson & Isom in Chico, are sponsoring these wonderful concerts. And we always enjoy playing in Red Bluff under the sponsorship of the Community Concert Association.

Dwayne Corbin, who will conduct, is the conductor and music director of Redding’s Shasta Symphony Orchestra, a cooperative ensemble between Simpson University and Shasta Community College. Corbin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Also a fully trained percussionist, Dwayne is most familiar to NSS audiences for his work as principal percussionist with the orchestra. He has also taught percussion and conducting at different levels, and is the composer of a prize-winning work for solo percussion.

Natalya Shkoda is Assistant Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Artistic Director of the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance competition at California State University, Chico. She holds a Doctorate and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Arizona State University, and diplomas with distinctions in Piano and Musicology from Kharkiv State Kotlyarevsky University of the Arts in the Ukraine. For more information about Natalya Shkoda, please visit her website at myweb.csuchico.edu/~nshkoda

It was 1987 when I first heard the Keyboard Concerto in F Minor by J.S. Bach at Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children Ukraine. I immediately fell in love with the piece.  But when I spoke with my piano teacher about  learning the Bach Concerto, I got a definite “no.”

Even though I did not learn the Concerto in the 1980s, I  never let go of the idea of performing this piece one day. I have always admired a grand nobility and majesty of the first movement, a very personal and almost Wagnerian type of  “never ending melody” of the second movement followed by an unstoppable energy, strength and hope of the finale. 

Twenty five years later my wish came true: I am invited to perform J. S. Bach Keyboard Concerto in F Minor with the North State Symphony and Maestro Dwayne Corbin in December 2013 in both Chico and Redding, and I am looking forward to these performances.

Vincent Chambers  Tenor, actor, voice-over artist, entrepreneur, and instrumented-rated private pilot, Vincent Chambers performs opera and recitals with equal zeal! A life-long musician, his love of progressive metal, heavy metal, and power pop music, and his original work as a bassist in several San Francisco Bay Area bands led to a desire to study composition. Not having a “classical” instrument to use for his chosen major, Mr. Chambers began studying voice in group classes at San Francisco City College, and with encouragement of voice teacher Dr. Helen Dilworth, applied and was accepted to UCLA as a voice major, and soon forgot about composition.

Vincent recently starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables with the California Regional Theatre in Chico. Also in Chico, he performed in a recital of operatic duets and hits – Love, Death and Revenge: The Greatest hits of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Others – with soprano Carrie Hennessey  and Robert Ashens. On the West Coast, Vince has performed with West Bay Opera, Townsend Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, the Mendocino Music Festival and Nevada Opera Theater.

Previously in the New York area Vince sang in productions of Verdi’s Otello, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, and a host of other traditional operatic roles as well as several premieres of new operas.


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