2018 Fall Season – Upcoming Concert Details
Saturday, October 27th, 7:30pm Shasta College Theater – “Flavors of the World”
Come and enjoy some of the finest musical flavors from across the world as the orchestra welcomes to the podium its new Music Director, Dr. Jeff Specht. We’ll start off this musical flavor tour with Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia paired with Aaron Copland’s iconic Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. Also featured will be special guest artist, the SSO’s concertmaster, Lisa Ho playing Massenet’s lyrical Meditation from Thais. We’ll round out our course with Beethoven’s spiritedSymphony No. 2 in D Major.
Sunday, December 2nd, 3:00pm Simpson University – “The Messiah”
Join the orchestra as we join forces with the choirs from Simpson University under the direction of Dr. Steve Kim. The orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah along with some joyous Christmastime favorites.
Recent Concerts (a recap of the past seasons)
Shasta Symphony Orchestra co-hosts “Simpson Christmas Festival” at Simpson University Shasta Symphony Orchestra, Simpson Chorale, Trinity Repertoire Singers, and Simpson Percussion Ensemble teamed up to present Dan Pinkston’s “Benedictus”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Christmas Eve Suite” and many more Christmas classics.
Shasta Symphony Orchestra “Revenge and Reformation” Saturday, October 28. The fall concert emphasized the contrast of darker emotions in Stravinsky’s classic tale, Petroushka, and the sense of joy and reverence in Mendelssohn’s Symphony no.5, “The Reformation”. *Historic Note: Concert commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a historical movement which influenced modern western history, government, philosophy, art, and culture. *
Symphony on the Beach III Saturday August 26, 2017. The third annual Shasta Symphony outdoor pops concert held lakeside at Brandy Creek Beach in Whiskeytown National Park was thoroughly enjoyed by guests! The show featured popular film scores, patriotic music, vocal soloists, and light classical works, in effect sending summer off with a boom before the school year began.
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