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Beethoven Holiday Contest

Celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday with a fun opportunity to test your knowledge of his composition style!

On Thursday, December 24 at 7pm PST, North State Symphony will premiere our third virtual concert of our 20th Season. Before our featured performance of Beethoven's Second String Quartet, join Music Director Scott Seaton for a brief discussion of the varying composition styles in Beethoven's early, middle, and late string quartets. Afterward, you can then listen to excerpts of his string quartets and try to determine what period of his life they belong and have an opportunity to win prizes!

There will be nine quartet excerpts for a total chance of nine points, plus two bonus excerpts for a chance of up to four additional points (if you can name the two bonus works!).

The quiz will go live at 7pm PST on December 24, and remain open until December 28th at midnight. However, we will rank winners by both the earliest and highest-scoring answers - so be sure to send your quiz in early!

We'll announce winners on December 30th. There will be one grand prize winner and up to three runners up. Winners will be notified directly. Prizes will be announced soon!



Musician Accents

"Musician Accents" is a virtual series produced by Music Director Scott Seaton. Enjoy a deeper and intimate look into the musicians who make up the North State Symphony. Conversations and topics range from musical backgrounds, favorite composers and pieces, and their experience playing with the North State Symphony. This series began in September of 2019 during concert weekends and continues to be produced virtually.

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Episode Archive

Episode 15 | Concertmaster Terrie Baune

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Episode 14 | section violin Ellen McGehee

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Episode 13 | section cellist Anthoni Polcari

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Episode 12 | section clarinetist Bruce Belton

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Episode 11 | assistant concertmaster Li-Yuan Ho

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Episode 10 | section violin Michael Eby

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Episode 9 | section percussionist Eric Whitmer 

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Episode 8 | principal viola Leah Carl

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Episode 7 | student violinist Summer Sun

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Episode 6 | principal bass Michael Schwagerus

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Episode 6 | principal trumpet Ian Cochran

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Episode 4 | principal flute Tim Koop




Episode 3 | clarinetist Ryan Heimlich






Episode 2 | principal cello Carol Jacobson





Episode 1 | principal timpani Brian Simpson

Just Ask!

Be entertained and interact with Music Director Scott Seaton during "Just Ask" virtual sessions where Scott answers questions submitted by the audience in the comments sections. During this unprecedented time, North State Symphony continues to bring interactive features and segments to our audiences via our website, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Please join us - staying engaged and connected with our audiences is more important now than ever!

Please check back for upcoming "Just Ask!" events on Facebook
and YouTube!

All archived "Just Ask" events are available on Facebook and YouTube playlists.

Just Ask has been sponsored by our 2019-20 exclusive TV sponsors, KRCR News Channel 7. We are grateful for their support of the symphony!

UPCOMING "Just Ask!" Online Events: 


PAST "Just Ask!" Online Events

Scott interviews Composer Libby Larsen
Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 6pm PST

NSS Music Director Scott Seaton spoke with composer Libby Larsen on Facebook and YouTube Live. Audience members submitted questions leading up to, during, and after the conversation.

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About Libby Larsen: (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers.  She has created a catalogue of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 15 operas. Grammy award-winning and widely recorded, including over 50 CDs of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

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Scott interviews conductors Dina Gilbert and Dane Lam
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 10am PST

NSS Music Director Scott Seaton was joined conductors Dina Gilbert and Dane Lam as they discussed the current COVID-19 crisis and how orchestras and arts leaders are adapting to the situation and planning for the future of orchestral music.

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Scott interviews violinist Andrew Sords
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 1pm PST

North State Symphony Presents: "Just Ask!" With NSS music director Scott Seaton and violinist Andrew Sords.

Both Scott and Andrew answered questions via Facebook Live comments as well as discussing the impact COVID-19 has had on freelance musicians, many of which comprise the North State Symphony.

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Scott answers your questions live!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 7pm PST

This is a Facebook Live event with Music Director Scott Seaton conductor this Friday, April 10 at 7:00pm PST. A "Just Ask!" session was done with Scott Seaton answering questions submitted during the NSS Masterworks 3 concert in February, 2020.

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NSS POPS: Our Expanding Universe

UPDATE: The Chico performance has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. More information is available here.

Experience the final frontier when the NSS performs some of Hollywood’s greatest Sci-Fi and television themes for our spring NSS POPS! concert. You will be on the edge of your seat with music from Star Trek, Apollo 13, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more! This exciting program will also highlight music from The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 2:00 PM
State Theatre, Red Bluff

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Cascade Theatre, Redding

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 2:00 PM
Laxson Auditorium, Chico

New this year – season ticket-holders will be able to purchase NSS POPS! tickets at the same discount that you get for Masterworks! It’s like a bonus to your season ticket savings. Take advantage of this offer before single tickets to all concerts go on sale in August!

To purchase your 2019-2020 Masterworks season tickets, contact our box offices below.  You can also purchase single tickets for our Holiday, Pops, and Chamber Music concerts at the same time.

University Box Office (Chico)
Phone: (530) 898-6333
Summer hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm

Cascade Theatre Box Office (Redding) 
Phone: (530) 243-8877
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm

State Theatre (Red Bluff)

Single tickets will be available through the Tehama Concert Series