NSS Musicians to Perform Chamber Music Series Concerts March 9th in Chico and March 10th in Redding

Promo PhotoA group of the top musicians in the North State Symphony (NSS) will present a varied program of music for seven to fifteen musicians this weekend in Redding and Chico. The concerts, called Experience the Lyrical, will be conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director of the NSS.

Selections to be performed include a classical piece by Beethoven, his “Septet,” which he composed as a young man in a lighter mood. According to Pickett, “this is a really charming work, a serenade really. It’s a very different side of Beethoven from what we expect, and from what we’ll hear when the Symphony does his ‘Ninth Symphony’ in May.”

The two other selections are also light in character, but very different from the Beethoven. The concert will open with a jazz-inspired work by European composer Bohuslav Martinu. Originally music for a ballet, the “Revue de Cuisine” has music instruments enacting a humorous love story between the inanimate objects in a kitchen.

The second half of the program is a work by Ernest Bloch entitled “Concerto Grosso.” Bloch wrote the piece to meet a challenge and show that, even in the 20th century, good music could be created that followed the examples of the past. “Concerto Grosso” features a piano and string orchestra.

Sponsors of the chamber concert in Chico are the New Urban Builders’ Park Forest development of new homes; and, in Redding Emma Suarez and Mark Pawlicki.

Performances of Experience the Lyrical take place Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, on the CSU Chico campus, and Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. in Old City Hall, Redding. Tickets for the Chico concert are available at the University Box Office (898-6333) and online at chicostatetickets.com. For the Redding concert tickets are available at the Cascade Theatre Box Office (243-8877) and online at cascadetheatre.org.

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