April Means Lots (and Lots) of Music at CSU, Chico!

Promo PhotoIf you love the rich sounds of symphonic music, the subtle beauty of classical guitar, a large choir ensemble performing at full-throttle, and big and bold jazz played by gifted student musicians, CSU, Chico’s Performing Arts Center is the place to be during the month of April.

Chico State’s School of the Arts will be presenting no less than five music events during the month of April. And if that wasn’t enough, four of those events take place within an eight-day period.

This month-long celebration of all things music begins with the Symphonic Winds concert, “Catfish Row,” on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre.

Conducted by Royce Tevis, the Symphonic Winds is CSU, Chico’s elite woodwind / brass ensemble. The group will perform a concert version of George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” featuring soprano Daun Weiss and baritone Chris Withrow. The work includes such Gershwin classics as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

The Symphonic Winds will also perform “Egmont” by Bert Appermont, featuring Professor Tobin Roye on guitar and student Chris Navarrete on trumpet, and the “Fenland Suite” with Professor Emeritus David Rothe playing the Centennial Pipe Organ. For more information please read the online press release for this event.

Four short days later, on Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre, many of these same student musicians will perform during a free “thank you” concert entitled “Vinegar & Oil.”

CSU, Chico’s Concert Band (vinegar) and Jazz II (oil) join forces during this concert to provide a wide array of music. On tap will by compositions by Bach, Reed, and Barnes as well as big band and fusion music.

On Friday, April 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, the CSU, Chico Guitar Ensemble presents its only recital of the 2012-13 school year, “Closer to the Heart.”

Talented classical guitar students perform solos, duos and quartets, alongside Program Director Tobin Roye. The concert explores a repertoire ranging from Bach to the Beatles, and it culminates with works performed by the full, 15-member guitar ensemble.

Rounding out the eight-plus days of concerts and recitals will be a performance by CSU, Chico’s premiere choral groups – the Acapella Choir, Chamber Singers, and University Chorus, under the direction of Department of Theatre and Music faculty member David Scholz.

Titled “Sacred and Profane,” the annual spring choral event takes place Saturday, April 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. The concert will shine a spotlight on the University Chorus – a large ensemble made up of student and community voices – as they perform excerpts from Carl Orff’s demanding “Carmina Burana.”

Rounding out the program, the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers perform a variety of pieces, including Benjamin Britten’s “Sacred and Profane.”

CSU, Chico’s celebration of all things music in the month of April comes to an end the following weekend with the Jazz X-Press concert, “Jazz X-Pressions.”

Presented Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre, “Jazz X-Pressions” focuses on “music created and expressed by members of the Jazz X-Press for the Jazz X-Press,” according to director Rocky Winslow.For more inforamtion, please read the online press release for this event.

Tickets for all concerts/recitals – except “Vinegar & Oil,” which is free and open to the public – are available at the University Box Office, 898-6333. Advance tickets for each event are $15 general, $13 seniors, and $6 students/children. Add $2 for each ticket purchased at the door. For disability-related accommodations, please call 898-6333.