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Final Concerts with Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett

Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director of the North State Symphony since the orchestra formed in 2001, will lead his final concert as Music Director on May 10 and 11 in Chico and Redding. Pickett was named Music Director of the symphonies in Topeka, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri, in 2013, and moved with his wife Alice and their two children to Missouri in November.

Works by Dvorak, Brahms and Benjamin Britten will be played, and cello soloist David Requiro is featured.

David Requiro is a Bay Area native. Since winning an international prize for cello performance in 1998, he has soloed with orchestras from Marin to Tokyo. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. Requiro will perform what’s probably the most famous solo work for cello and orchestra, the Concerto for Cello by Antonin Dvorak, composer of the famous “New World” Symphony.

Also on the program are works by English composer Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms. According to Pickett, “these are two of my personal favorites. Britten creates great musical picture composers, and the Sea Interludes are amazing. Brahms is my Number One composer, and the Academic Festival Overture hits just the right note of ‘serious celebration.’

“It may sound odd, but this concert feels to me like a graduation,” says Pickett. “For me, but also for the North State Symphony, which has grown so much. Now the orchestra gets to show itself to new conductors.”

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:30pm - Laxson Auditorium, Chico purchase online or call 898-6333

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 2:00pm - Cascade Theatre, Redding purchase online or call 243-8877

Sponsors of the May 10th and 11th concerts include Stifel, Nicolaus in Chico, and Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding. Requiro’s appearance is sponsored by Connie Eccles in Chico and Dr. Stephen Cox in Redding.

2014-15 Season

Beginning in the fall, four conductors who are finalists to succeed Pickett will each conduct the orchestra for one concert week-end. Audience members will be encouraged to submit their opinions of the candidates. Season tickets for the North State Symphony’s Season of Discovery go on sale in May, with existing season ticket-holders able to renew their seats for several weeks, and new purchasers who want to join the Season of Discovery able to place orders to be filled after the renewals are processed.