Upcoming Events

The Chico Guild - North State Symphony
Fanfare 2014 in honor of Dr. Kyle Wiley Pickett

Friday, March 21, 2014
6pm - 10pm

The Palms Event Center
2947 Nord Ave., Chico

  • Entertainment, including music by Dr. Pickett
  • a world tour of savory bites
  • small plate sit-down dinner
  • wine
  • dessert bar
  • live and silent auction

Tickets: $75/table of eight $600.

Proceeds benefit the North State Symphony and the Student Scholarship Fund.

Sponsorship amounts vary, please call for information.

Frugal House

Coming June 2014

The Symphony’s unique and fun event: an entire home is decorated with giveaways, DIY’s and other inexpensive treasures. The event includes self-guided home tours and the opportunity to purchase some amazing items. It all kicks off with a party. Ticket prices will vary. Sponsorships start at $99 (Frugal Friend). Also available are room sponsorships at $1,000 and a $5,000 Event Sponsorship.

This event raises more money for North State Symphony than anything we've ever done! The scrolling list shows the many businesses which supported the event in 2012 by donating goods and services. Too many to list are the wonderful individuals who donated, toured the home, bought items and ENJOYED the fun!

Past Events

Prelude Garden Party

Presented by the Chico Guild

Raise the curtain for the new concert season!

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Chico
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening with friends: NSS musicians, Kyle Pickett, and the greatest folks in town, our audience members and supporters. Kyle will speak about the orchestra season which begins just a week later, which will be his final season with the North State Symphony.

Tickets: Print and mail the invitation [PDF] or order online 


  • wine, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
  • music by North State Symphony musicians
  • a special appearance by Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett as he begins his final year with the North State Symphony.

Donations: $30.00 advance; $35.00 at the door ... “smart casual” attire, please

The annual Prelude Party is the traditional start to symphony seasons in Chico, and a fine way to learn more about the Symphony and the Guild, which especially welcomes possible new members to the Party.

Call 898-5984 for details. Click here for a map [PDF] to the Prelude Party location.

More info about the Chico Guild

Photos from the 2012 Prelude Party


Helga Ruge's Benefit Garden Party


Wine and hors d'oeuvres during the social hour and live music. Buffet dinner, dessert and more wine. More live music.

Donation: $50: 100% of your donation supports the symphony!

Limit of 50 guests.

The photos below are from Helga's garden party in the summer of 2011, which raised $2600 for North State Symphony!

Click on the photos below to see enlargements.

Symphony Fund Raiser Night at Tong Fong Low's

Tong Fong LowSaturday, January 11
5 pm until closing

Tong Fong Low
2072 East 20th Street, Chico (near WinCo market)
530-898-1388 www.tongfonglow.com

Enjoy an evening with great Chinese food, music and symphony friends at a favorite locally-owned restaurant. Tong Fong Low will donate 20% of proceeds from all dinner sales to the North State Symphony!

No coupons or flyers needed to participate; early birds welcome. Valid only at the Chico location.


Young Artist Auditions

Free and open to the public

Each year, young classical musicians from the North State area compete in high school and university divisions of auditions sponsored by the Chico Guild and Redding League on behalf of the North State Symphony. First prize winner in each division wins the opportunity to solo with North State Symphony.

For more information, click here.


Musical Chairs, A Party (and auction)

February 22, 2014
7:00 pm

The Habitat Lab
199 E 13th St., Chico

Creative individuals in Chico have created a new art form: "the chair as art!" Transforming everyday chairs into unique and beautiful objects -- many of which you can still sit on! Completed chairs will be auctioned at "Musical Chairs: A Party" to benefit the North State Symphony.

$20 cost includes refreshments

Arts Patrons are invited to support the North State Symphony and the chair-artists through a $250 sponsorship for each chair. Sponsors may elect to sponsor a preferred artist. Sponsorships cover artists’ costs.

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