North State Symphony to Present "Experience Mystery"
Concert in Chico Nov. 10th and Redding Nov. 11th
The next concert in North State Symphony’s season musically explores the city of Vienna, Austria. The concert entitled “Experience Mystery” will be conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett and features violinist Terrie Baune. Music by both Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss, as well as the “decadent” Alban Berg is featured. The Symphony performs “Experience Mystery!” in Chico’s Laxson Auditorium on Saturday, Nov 10 at 7:30 p.m., and in Redding’s Cascade Theatre on Sunday Nov 11 at 2 p.m.
“Vienna is an epicenter of music,” said Pickett. “Many of the famous classical composers lived there, and the city itself is all about the joys of good music, good food, and good living. At the same time there’s also a hidden side of the city, and passions that result in some terrific music.”
The Viennese waltz is the most famous musical style from the city of Vienna. The music on the North State Symphony’s concert includes waltzes galore. Beginning with the Overture to a famous light opera, die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, the concert also includes a suite of waltzes by another composer with the same last name, Richard Strauss from the opera der Rosenkavalier.
“It’s not just happy music all the time,” said Pickett. “The waltzes can be happy, sentimental, nostalgic and even sad. Rosenkavalier’s story portrays the contrasts between young love and mature love, so its music is bittersweet.”
At the center of the concert is a Violin Concerto by Alban Berg, to be played by Terrie Baune (right), the concertmaster (lead violinist) of the North State Symphony. Berg’s music was composed in the first decades of the 20th Century. World War I and the collapse of the Austrian Empire challenged the Viennese and their beloved music as well as the whole civilization. The Berg Concerto was written in a controversial style with an extremely emotional message, including coded references to the composer’s love life, combined with a theory that tossed out traditional ideas of harmony.
“Berg’s Violin Concerto always reminds me of an x-ray,” noted Pickett. “Instead of just producing music that would be ‘feel-good,’ Berg looks deep inside. He says ‘this is how music is written, this is the skeleton that holds it together, and this is where passion lies.’”
Conductor Pickett will give a pre concert lecture one hour prior to each concert. For more information go to www.northstatesymphony.org or call the NSS Office, 898-5984.
The concerts and Ms. Baune’s solo are sponsored by a number of North State individuals and firms who are long-time supporters of the North State Symphony, including Spelts Wealth Management, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Kathryn Magnusson, Kris Johnston, Sandy Kalinowski and Connie Eccles, all in Chico; Sally Wells, Jason and Jana Parker, Dr. Robert Hansen and Kathryn Svoboda in Redding. North State Symphony is a project of CSU, Chico School of the Arts, and the CSU, Chico University Foundation.
Tickets for the Chico performance of Experience Mystery are available at the University Box Office, 898-6333. Tickets for the Redding concert are available at the Cascade Theatre Box Office, 243-8877.