Category Archives: Guest Artists

Our 2018-19 Concert Season

Welcome to the 18th season of the North State Symphony! We are your orchestra, and we look forward to sharing live music with you!

Our 2018–2019 concert season encourages you to discover the excitement behind the symphonic experience, whether it be favorites from the ages or thrilling new works. Together we will explore great symphonic music with you, including Brahms’ 4th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a side-by-side performance with local youth orchestras, a contemporary collaboration with Project Trio, and celebrating New Year’s Eve in Redding with one of our favorite pianists, Alpin Hong!

If you have yet to experience the incredible music-making of the North State Symphony, please join us for our Masterworks series, our NSS Pops series, or both! Plus, there’s a pre-concert talk one hour before each Masterworks performance to gain a deeper insight into the concerts.

I am so privileged to work with the incredible musicians of the North State Symphony as we share the magic of live performance and work to create community through music!

Download our season brochure here!

Purchase Masterworks season tickets for Chico concerts!

Purchase Masterworks season tickets for Redding concerts!

Musically yours,




Winter Chamber Music


On January 27th and 28th, North State Symphony presents its smallest and most intimate performances of the season with a Winter Chamber Concert featuring a range of ensembles and compositions.

A traditional piano trio - Beethoven’s Op. 1 #1 - features guest artists Terrie Baune, violin, Carol Jacobsen, cello, and John Chernoff, piano.  Maestro Scott Seaton then joins Ms. Baune and Mr. Chernoff in a saxophone/violin/piano trio performance of Cantilene et Danse by Algerian-born composer Marc Eychenne.  Stravinsky’s neo-classical Dumbarton Oaks follows, a piece written for chamber orchestra and heavily inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.  Finally, Scott Seaton plays in and conducts a septet in Villa Lobos’ exotic and lively Choros No. 7.

Performances are Saturday, January 27th at 7:30pm at Paul and Yasuko Zingg Recital Hall, New Arts & Humanities Building, CSU Chico (tickets at the University Box Office or at; and Sunday, January 28th at 2:00pm at Old City Hall in Redding, CA (tickets at the Cascade Theatre Box Office or

Generous community support is provided by Season Sponsor Dignity Health.  The Winter Chamber Music Concert in Redding is sponsored by Bob and Louise Wilkinson and Jim Malin.

For more information on other upcoming concerts and events, visit

What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Making plans for your New Year's Eve celebrations? Why not ring in the new year with the North State Symphony! We're bringing the best New Year's Eve party in town back to the Redding Civic Auditorium!

The evening kicks off in style with music, cocktails and conversation, then continues with an optional dinner and a gala concert featuring hits from musicals and opera, big band favorites, and Gershwin's beloved "Rhapsody in Blue." The North State Symphony and conductor Scott Seaton are joined by guest artists Charlie Albright on piano, and mezzo-soprano JennyRebecca Winans. Enjoy the concert, fine dining, dancing, celebrating, and much more!

ANDERSON: Sleigh Ride
STRAUSS: Radetzky March
TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz of the Flowers
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
and much more!

Doors: 5:45PM / Cocktails (no-host): 6PM / Concert: 7-9PM
Celebrate the turning of the new year on New York time, just in time to head home, or to the next party!

Concert: Center Balcony Seating (no-host bar & hors d'ouevres): $45
Concert + Dinner: Table Seating (no-host bar and starter followed by entree and dessert): $95
All table seating is assigned. Preferred table seating is available for patrons purchasing an entire table; first come first serve.

Call the Civic Auditorium Box Office to reserve seats! 530-229-0022
Call the North State Symphony for table seating details! 530-898-5984
Table sponsorships available!


NEW! April Pops Concert With “Uncle Dad”


The North State Symphony expands the diversity of musical experiences available to our communities with the introduction of a new Pops series, with concerts in Redding on April 7th and Chico on April 8th.

“A Splash of Favorites” will highlight many old favorites and current popular music in a unique and eclectic format. The orchestra will play music from Broadway shows, television, and films, including popular favorites from the Star Wars soundtrack. In the second half of the concert, guest artist Uncle Dad’s Art Collective joins the orchestra for a special jam session with arrangements that add splashes of rock, jazz and indie music from artists as diverse as Debussy, Ellington, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk.

Read more about the program here.

“Now that the symphony is finally delving into the world of pops concerts, we have the programming flexibility to cater to a much more diverse audience,” says North State Symphony Music Director Scott Seaton. “If you think a symphony is only about Mozart or Beethoven, I am here to shatter all of your preconceived notions! Our April pops concert is a musical journey that spans from Star Wars to Daft Punk! Where else will you be able to relive the days of Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther and reflect on Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You in the same concert? Not to mention the toe-tapping fun of the Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t it be Nice or the modern groove of Tears of Fears' Mad World.”

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective is a Chico-based group that aims to foster a vibrant and diverse culture of theater, music, dance, and other performing arts, and to leverage the artistic ideas of its members and collaborators in a way that makes a significant positive impact for the individual artist, the collective, and the community.

Concerts are Friday, April 7th at 7:30pm in Redding at the Civic Auditorium in Redding (tickets at or by calling 530-229-0022) and Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm in Chico at Laxson Auditorium (tickets at or by calling 530-898-6333). Student and senior discounts are available.

Generous community support is provided by Sally Wells, Don & Heidi Weidlein, and Robert & Louise Wilkinson who are sponsoring Uncle Dad’s Art Collective for the Redding performance and by Margaret Bomberg who is sponsoring Uncle Dad’s Art Collective for the Chico performance.