North State Symphony's 'Composer's Palette' to Feature Tchaikovsky's Epic/Colorful 'Violin Concerto'

Yevgeny Kutik, the special guest violin soloistThe North State Symphony (NSS) begins its 2013-14 season with “Composer’s Palette,” a concert that is “all about color,” according to Music Director/Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett.

Performances take place Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Redding’s Cascade Theatre and Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in Chico’s Laxson Auditorium.

The orchestra’s “Composer’s Palette” performances feature three bright, beautiful and bold pieces of music from Russia, France and Spain. Tchaikovsky’s famous “Violin Concerto” will be featured, played by a young and talented Russian-American violinist.

“Different kind of sounds affect the listener, just like colors affect someone looking at a painting,” said Pickett. “Different ‘sound colors’ are a big part of what makes a symphony sound special. The many kinds of instruments each have their own sound, and their own color.”

Yevgeny Kutik, the special guest violin soloist, has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich, sweet tone” as well as by newspapers across Europe. He has played with orchestras from Alaska to the Republic of Montenegro in southeastern Europe. Tchaikovsky’s  “Violin Concerto” is probably the best-loved and most famous work for violin, with a romantic, expressive style and will feature many feats of technique by the virtuoso soloist.

Other works on the NSS’ program are by composers Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel.

The Symphony calls the entire year of concerts “The Art of Music.” Each major concert is paired with a work by a Redding artist, under a program sponsored by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. September’s artist is Barbara Enochian. Barbara Enochian’s art work, inspired by the music on the Symphony’s September concert, will be featured on the concert’s posters, program books, ads and on the website

This is also the final year as music director/conductor for Pickett. The NSS announced earlier that Pickett had won two conducting positions in the Midwest. “Kyle Pickett’s work in establishing the North State Symphony in this region has been remarkable, and our audiences will show their appreciation all year long,” said NSS Executive Director Keith Herritt.

The Redding concert is sponsored by supporters Margaret B. Brennan and Robert L. Maxey; Kutik’s Redding sponsor is Simpson University. The Chico performance will honor the Annie B’s Community Drive for its importance in the community; Kutik’s Chico sponsor is Helga Ruge.

Performances will be preceded by a free informal talk by Pickett one hour prior to each concert; the Chico talk takes place in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on the CSU, Chico campus, a shot walk from Laxson Auditorium.

Tickets for the Redding concert as well as the entire North State Symphony’s Redding season are available at the Cascade Theatre Box Office, 243-8877. Tickets for NSS Chico performances are available at the University Box Office, 898-6333.

For more information about North State Symphony concerts and September special events in Redding and Chico, go to or call the NSS office at 898-5984.


About the North State Symphony

The North State Symphony was created in 2001 from the merger of the Chico and Redding Symphonies, and functions as an artists in residence program within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico. The musicians of the orchestra include professionals from a wide geographic area, and community members as well as students and faculty members of CSU, Chico.

The university also provides extensive administrative and production support to the Symphony. Financial support also comes from the community leaders who serve on the Board of Directors, Board of Regents, and members of the music-loving communities of the region.

The origins of the North State Symphony can be traced back to 1905, when the first orchestra formed at what was then the Chico State Normal School. Thus 2005 was celebrated as the 100th anniversary of symphonic music in the North State area.


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