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Musician Accents

A new series produced by NSS Music Director Scott Seaton. Musician Accents is a deeper and intimate look into musicians that 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 was started in September of 2019 during concert weekends and will continue to be produced virtually.

Facebook Playlist: https://www.facebook.com/watch/northstatesymphony/797976390797901/

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3ddqPTb2dHF8Ylkq0HM1MtVNW-L1Eu0E


EPISODE LINKS BELOW


Premiere on YouTube Monday, June 8, | Episode 7 | student violinist Summer Sun
https://youtu.be/q7t3Kh9TK3c 

 

 

 

 


Episode 6 | principal bass Michael Schwagerus |
https://youtu.be/0I12EK0rAHg

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 6 | principal trumpet Ian Cochran |
https://youtu.be/Tbw6QvMj0aw

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 4 | principal flute Tim Koop |
https://youtu.be/JBopE3tGdns

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 3 | section clarinetist Ryan Heimlich |
https://youtu.be/o1lVVp0eGV4

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 2 | principal cello Carol Jacobson |
https://youtu.be/V11hJlFaVR4

 

 

 

 

 


Episode 1 | principal timpani Brian Simpson |
https://youtu.be/6i0suLYoWSk

Beethoven Idol Winners Announced!

Interviews with Beethoven Idol Winners are confirmed! Each interview is conducted by Scott Seaton and will be posted on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Wednesday, June 24 | 9am | Kent Baker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP2hNg9CPqY&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, July 14 | 9am | Andrea Donati: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OOb-Jj6maM&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, August 5 | 9am | Wesley Stormer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYED6VZ8-Hw&feature=youtu.be

 

We are pleased to announce the three finalist composers & compositions that will be showcased in our "Beethoven Idol" in the 2020-2021 season!

We announced our North State Symphony Composition Competition early in 2019 and by the submission deadline of February 1, 2020, we had 46 submissions from all over the world.

The finalist compositions are:

Kent BAKER: Archetypes
Andrea DONATI: Queen Bee
Wesley STORMER: Fantasy for Orchestra

Over the next few weeks, we will feature each of the three composers in interviews with Maestro Seaton, so please check our social media pages or northstatesymphony.org for more information

Kent BAKER: Archetypes

Andrea DONATI: Queen Bee

Wesley STORMER: Fantasy for Orchestra

NSS Virtual “Just Ask!”

Come be entertained and interact with Music Direct Scott Seaton with "Just Ask!", Facebook Live sessions, where Scott will answers questions submitted in the comments sections. During this unprecedented North State Symphony continues to bring features and segments to our audiences via our website, YouTube, and social media pages; Facebook and Instagram. We hope to remain engaged and connected with our audience.

Please check back for "Just Ask!" events in the near future on our facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/northstatesymphony
As well as our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDHvHp7Rcc7kGFQi-DGStw/

all archived footage is available on playlists Facebook and Youtube:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/watch/northstatesymphony/676033013251952/
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3ddqPTb2dHG8c7M6gvI7UB1endwe7ylm


UPCOMING "Just Ask!" Online Events: 

TBD


PAST "Just Ask!" Online Events


Conducted Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 6PM

 

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.
FACEBOOK ARCHIVE: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=247801993171439
YOUTUBE ARCHIVE:
https://youtu.be/PKe_Kuq7IxY

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.

Read more about this wonderful composer at: https://libbylarsen.com/


Conducted Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 10am

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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON FACEBOOK
CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

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Dina Gilbert is currently Music Director of the Kamloops Symphony (British-Columbia) and of the Orchestre symphonique de l'Estuaire (Québec)

Conducted Wednesday, April 22, 2020

North State Symphony Presents:
"Just Ask!" Virtual Edition, Volume 2.
With NSS music director Scott Seaton and violinist Andrew Sords.

About:
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.

Date and time recorded: Wednesday, April 22 at 1pm PST.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON FACEBOOK
CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE 


Conducted Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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.

Date and time recorded: Friday, April 10 at 7pm PST.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON FACEBOOK
CLICK HERE TO SEE ARCHIVED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE 

NSS Watch Party Events

During this unprecedented time, we here at North State Symphony will continue to bring our listeners live performances that have been recorded, edited, and put through the filter of our music director Scott Seaton, to ensure a wonderful online experience. We hope you're entertained by tuning in to the live events simulcasted as Facebook Watch Parties and YouTube Premiers.  All events are also recorded and can be later viewed as re-runs.  

UPCOMING WATCH PARTY EVENTS


Stay tuned for additional Watch Parties and YouTube Premiers throughout the summer and fall of 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

PAST WATCH PARTY EVENTS


We were joined by soloist Eric Whitmer on June 22nd, 2020 for a look back at his performance from February of 2019 of Ney Rosauro's "Concert for Marimba." 

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/705955466643223/

YouTube Premiere link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7zFBGQE2S8

 


North State Symphony Music Director Scott Seaton conducted this Watch Party with Beethoven's 7th Symphony from NSS February 2018 performance.

You can see archived footage on YouTube:

 



North State Symphony Music Director Scott Seaton conducted a Watch Party on Facebook, Friday, May 8 with Beethoven's 5th Symphony from an NSS September 2015 performance and Scott's debut as NSS Music Director.

Scott also gave a pre-performance chat.
You can watch Beethoven's 5th and the pre-concert chat on our YouTube channel: 
BEETHOVEN: Symphony #5: : https://youtu.be/hSFRGbgCk7Q
pre-concert chat: https://youtu.be/B7aancE-lSg


On Friday April 24, 2020 Music Director Scott Seaton conducted a Watch Party on Facebook with two shorter powerful pieces from the past three seasons. First up was Barber's Adagio for Strings that was performed in May 2019 with special introductory chat with Assistant Principal Violist, Gregg Rice. Following the Barber, we journey back to November 2017 and watch the NSS performance of Berlioz chaotic and energy-packed Roman Carnival Overture.

You can watch these videos on our YouTube channel:
BERLIOZ - Roman Carnival Overture (complete): https://youtu.be/wruTV1Qen6Q