Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2023

Contact: North State Symphony, (530) 898-5917,



The North State Symphony is pleased to announce our 2023–2024 season!

“Ovation” will be filled with powerful music, ranging from the beautiful melodies and emotional heights of one of Tchaikovsky’s most iconic ballets to Mozart’s final work, a piece that encompasses the scope of humanity in one wondrous sitting. These thrilling masterworks, as well as music from the world of movies, will provide fun for the whole family at the Cascade Theatre in Redding and Chico’s Laxson Auditorium.

Under the leadership and vision of longtime conductor Scott Seaton, the season takes off on November 11 (Redding) and November 12 (Chico) with elegant and unforgettable melodies in the suite from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” featuring a timeless tale of love and transformation. The winners of the North State Symphony’s 2023 Young Artist Auditions are also showcased in works by Mozart, Puccini and Strauss Jr. The concert opens with a side-by-side performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Soirées musicales” with the youth orchestras of Chicoand Redding.

Mozart’s Requiem will be presented on February 17 (Chico) and February 18 (Redding). Mozart’s beloved Requiem was left unfinished at the time of his death, leaving many questions unanswered about the true intention of the work. Composers old and new have tried their hand at completing it, though what Mozart had in mind will never be known. This dramatic work is paired with George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings,” dedicated in
memory of the composer’s grandmother who passed away during its composition. The timeless music of Bach and his double concerto for violin and oboe will feature our concertmaster, Terrie Baune, and our principal oboe, Susie Lundberg. This concert reflects the human condition of life and death, birth and rebirth, and ultimately, the hope of resurrection. Mozart’s heavenly melodies are livened by vocal soloists Nala Kathleen,
Molly Mahoney, Dashiell John Waterbury and Daniel Yoder, and augmented by the powerful combined choral forces of the Simpson Symphonic Choir, the Shasta College Chorus, the Butte College Chorus and the Trinity Concert Choir.

We’ll round out the Ovation season with “Sounds of the Cinema” on May 11 (Redding) and May 12 (Chico) featuring guest soloist and returning North State Symphony favorite, pianist Olga Kopylova, who will perform George Gershwin’s iconic “Rhapsody in Blue,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of its release. Experience music from the greatest movie soundtracks of all time! The orchestra will perform classics from “Doctor Zhivago” and John Williams’ unforgettable score for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” as well as familiar Disney, Harry Potter and “Pirates of the Caribbean” favorites. This collage of iconic movie scores is bound to satisfy movie lovers of every kind.

This season’s donor benefits include ticket discounts and ticket pre-sales. Tickets for North State Symphony donors go on sale August 1. Season renewals for existing season ticket holders will begin on August 8.  Subscriber patrons—those who purchase tickets to all three season performances—will have ticket access on August 8.  Single tickets are available for purchase starting August 15. Further ticketing information can be found online at

North State Symphony is a cultural symbol of Northern California seeking to engage, educate, excite, and unite North State communities through the language of music.