2017-18 Season Announced!
August 26th, Saturday, 7:30-9:00pm “Symphony On the Beach”
Whiskeytown National Park, Brandy Creek Beach.
“Come early and bring a picnic to enjoy the third annual Shasta Symphony outdoor pops concert, held again this year at Brandy Creek Beach in Whiskeytown National Park! The show will feature film scores, patriotic music, soloists, and light classical works, and will help kick off the school year with one last blast of summer fun. Parking is extremely limited; please carpool and come early.”
October 28th, 2017, Saturday, 7:30 PM- Shasta College Theater
“Revenge and Reformation”
The SSO presents Stravinsky’s classic tale of puppets that come to life and their ever-so-human feelings of unrequited love, jealousy, and revenge, in Petroushka. Opposing these darker emotions, Mendelssohn brings to life a sense of joy and reverence in his Symphony no. 5 “The Reformation”, presented now in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolutionary act that began the Reformation.
December 3rd, Sunday 3pm; Simpson University Gym
“Simpson Christmas Festival”
The SSO and Simpson University choirs will team up for the annual Simpson Christmas Festival. Featured this year is a new work by composer Dan Pinkston, Benedictus, among other Christmas classics.
February 10th, 2018; Saturday, 7:30pm, Shasta College Theater
Pianist Ian Scarfe will anchor the SSO’s winter concert, with the fabulous piano concerto #17 by Mozart. Also featured will be the winner of the 2017 student aria competition. Other works will include Dvorak’s Overture to Vanda, Op 25, conducted by Dr. Matthew Brooks, and Dvorak’s Serenade in D minor, Op. 44.
April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm & April 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Shasta College Theater
The choirs from both Shasta College and Simpson University will team up with Dr. Corbin and the SSO for a spectacular end to the season, featuring Orff’s amazing masterwork “Carmina Burana.” A showcase for orchestra, chorus, pianists, and soloists, this work is hilarious and serious, intimate and epic, and will surely bring the audience great joy. The concert will start with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
Recent Concerts (a recap of the past seasons)
Shasta Symphony Orchestra “Earth Day Concert” Saturday April 22, 2017, AND Sunday April 23, 2017. Celebrate Earth Day with a fabulous concert of the Shasta Symphony, performing music related to ideas of our amazing planet. Concert features compositions by (Montana composer) David Maslanka, Rimsky-Korsakov and Scheherzade.
Shasta Symphony Orchestra Co-Hosts a Percussion Concert, feat. Matthew Coley on Marimba April 19, 2017. Matthew Coley is an internationally acclaimed performer and the artistic director of the Heartland Marimba Festival. He has been described as “off the charts” while “delivering virtuoso…exquisite soloing on marimba”.
Shasta Symphony Orchestra “Baroque, Beethoven, and Beyond”, Saturday February 11, 2017. The winter concert of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra will take listeners on a journey from the early 1700s to 2009! SSO players will accompany Chico soprano Daun Weiss as she sings the brilliant Cantata #51 by J.S. Bach. Sacramento flutist Tim Koop will present the raucous and joyful Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C and the full SSO will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 “The Eroica”, followed by an amazing 2009 work inspired by Beethoven’s piece: the “Internet Symphony” by Chinese composer Tan Dun.
Shasta Symphony Orchestra “Ceremony of Carols” Simpson University Christmas Concert, Sunday December 4, 2016. Come join the SSO in collaboration with choirs and ensembles from Simpson University, as we present “Ceremony of Carols,” featuring works by John Rutter, Mozart, Britten, and more.
Fall DOUBLE HEADER: (morning) “Family Fun Concert, in Costume!” and (evening)“From Tragedy to Triumph” a traditional full-length concert. Saturday October 29, 2016, Shasta Symphony Orchestra will present a fall double-header, first with a kid-friendly Family Concert, the orchestra will be in costume, and encourages the public to wear costumes as well. You will enjoy a wide variety of music from films, ballets, and more, as well as witness the amazing talent of Alaskan violinist Bryan Hall. Later, the orchestra will return for a formal concert, entitled “From Tragedy to Triumph,” featuring Brahms’ dramatic Tragic Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite.
“Symphony At the Beach” Saturday August 20th, 2016. Join the SSO at Brandy Creek Beach in the marvelous Whiskeytown National Park for a second year of pops, light classical, and film favorites! Featuring an original composition by Redding composer Dan Pinkston, and vocal solos by Cyril Myers. 8pm, free.
“Spring to the Symphony!” William Grant Still “Symphony no. 1”, Cannon “Shasta Fanfare” and student concerto/aria winners Amber Jensen & Brian Lizarrage. Saturday April 16th and Sunday April 17th
“Winter Concert” Dvorak 8th, Ives “Country Band March” and Saint-Saens bassoon concerto Friday February 19th, 2016,
Choral & Orchestra Christmas Concert: Saturday December 12, 2015
“Summer Outdoor Pops Concert”: Friday, August 21 at Shasta College Amphitheater & Saturday, August 22nd at Brandy Creek Beach in Whiskeytown Lake