Providing Music on the Ridge
Since 1958, the Paradise Symphony Orchestra has provided wonderful music for the community of Paradise, California. Join us for our 2022- 2023 season as we continue our concerts and fundraiser events. We look forward to sharing another season of excellent music with you!
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The Arlene Harms Competition for the George & Patricia Martin “Young Artist Award” is held annually in the early Spring. Auditions this year were held at the Paradise Adventist Academy in Paradise on February 16, 2022. Our winners this year were James Johnston, 16, in the Senior Division, and Sasha Iwabuchi Fomin, age 11. Both are violinists. We would like to thank the Chico Noon Exchange Club for their sponsorship of the Arlene Harms Young Artist competition held each year by the Paradise Symphony Orchestra, and Sylvia Meyer from the Orchestra, for her management of the many details in carrying out the contest. Below are the photos of the two winners. These outstanding young musicians were featured in our final concert of this fiscal year on May 29, 2022. The event was spectacular and enjoyed by nearly 300 attendees!
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE PSS BOARD HAS LOWERED THE TICKET PRICES FOR THE 2022-2023 SEASON. The new ticket prices for the 2022-2023 Season will be $15 for Adults; $12 for Seniors,; and Youth 17 and under will be free.
We began our 2022-2023 Season with an exciting “FREE” Patriotic Concert at the Paradise Junior High School Gymnasium on Recreation Drive, on Monday, July 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM. The Orchestra was joined by the Paradise Community Chorus, the Mountain Ridge Singers, the Butte County Scottish Society, and the Paradise Veteran’s Color Guard, to present a fantastic tribute to our Country’s Birthday. Chris Legate performed the emcee duties with an amusing and impressive adaptation of Mark Twain, complete with costume and all. Nearly 600 attendees thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot identify the significant number of attendees who donated to the Orchestra at this concert, but we would like to express our appreciation to them, and we will send thank you letters to those who shared their names and addresses. Thank you very much to all who donated!!
Our next event will be the Summer Fundraiser, “Music Under the Stars”, featuring both live and silent auctions, a catered dinner and music provided by ensembles from the Orchestra. The date is August 21, 2022 at 5 pm at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Paradise. Stay tuned for further details.
And, mark your calendars for the weekend of Oct. 22, 23 when we are planning to have a two day event in collaboration with the California Regional Theatre, to bring “The Best of Broadway” to the Paradise Performing Arts Center. This event will feature many of your favorite musical pieces from your favorite Broadway shows.
Our last Holiday concert, “Holiday in Paradise”, was a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 5, 2021, at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, and was a “ROUSING” success! It was one of the best events held at the PPAC in recent years, featuring the Paradise Symphony Orchestra, the Paradise Community Chorus, the North State Ballet, the Oroville Community Chorus, the Gold Nugget Museum Pioneers, BIG Mo, AND other local artists displaying their works around the auditorium. We are planning a similar event for the December holidays in the 2022-2023 Season!
Fred Spruell, President of the Board
Paradise Symphony Society
Phone: (530) 514-6817
2021 – 2022 Concert Schedule
EXCITING NEWS!! Our next regular concert will be “The Best Of Broadway” featuring concert versions of cherished music from the world of Broadway musicals. California Regional Theatre will join the Orchestra in presenting this spectacular event. The dates are October 22 at 7 pm, and October 23 at 3 pm. Tickets for future concerts will be available only on-line or at the door. Select the Event Page on the header above to see the details of the Concerts for the coming Season.
Our remaining Concerts for the 2022-2023 Concert Season at the Paradise Performing Arts Center (PPAC) are as follows:
“Holiday in Paradise” – Sunday – December 4 @ 3 pm
“For Kids of All Ages” – Sunday – March 12 @ 3 PM.
“The Beauty of Winds” – Sunday – April 30 @3 PM.
Our next Summer Fundraiser, “Music Under the Stars”, will be held on August 21st, 2022, at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Tickets are available now on this website by selecting the Buy Tickets below. Please watch this website for the Fundraiser dates to be announced for our Winter Concert in February, 2023. Check this website frequently for further details. Tickets for those events will be available 30 to 40 days in advance of the events.
Please consider sponsorship of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra to increase the exposure of your business and provide support for the continuance of fine music on the Ridge. There are a large variety of sponsorships available, as described in the Sponsorship Brochure and on the Sponsorship Page. Multiple sponsorships are possible. No sponsorship is limited to only one business, organization or individual.
The Paradise Symphony Society is an organization that provides individuals in the community an opportunity to support the Orchestra in various ways. Levels of Membership are described on the Membership Page. Society Membership, Chair Sponsorship, Volunteering, and Financial Support are four methods of supporting your Symphony Orchestra.
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News & Updates
In a recent Symphony Society Board action, the Board voted to begin all Sunday PSO CONCERTS at the Paradise Performing Arts Center at 3 PM.. Our December concert will be a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 4, 2022, at 3 pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center and will be similar to the Holiday Concert last year. The PPAC was at full capacity, and the concert involving the Symphony Orchestra, the Paradise Community Chorus, the North State Ballet and the Oroville Community Chorus along with other local artists, thrilled the audience for over two hours. Our Jan 22,23 concert is also in the planning stages and promises to be an extremely entertaining event. We have modified our normal pricing schedule for event tickets for the 2022-2023 Season. The new ticket prices will be $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and Youth 17 and under will be free. Our next concert, “Honoring Our Country” will be held on Monday, July 4, 2022 at the Paradise Junior High Gymnasium at 3 PM, and will be a FREE concert for all. Please see the Events Page for further concert details.
As you know, we were unable to perform our regular concert season for 2020-2021 as planned due to COVID-19, and, it now appears that some of the restrictions are being modified due to the emergence of the Omicron strain of the Covid-19 virus. At this point, we are still moving ahead with our plans for the 2022-2023 season, and hope to be able to continue our normal Concert and Fundraiser Seasons for this Fiscal Year. However, with masking restrictions being modified frequently, we will update our masking requirements accordingly. The safe policy is to always have a mask with you when you attend our concerts. Our normal policy has been that masking and social distancing is a personal choice, and there is sufficient room currently in the PPAC for everyone’s choice to be honored. There is always the possibility that the PPAC will require a mask just to enter the building.
Our next Fundraiser event will be “Music Under the Stars”, which will be held on August 21, 2022 at 5 PM at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Paradise. The event is in the planning stages and in addition to inspiring music, will feature a buffet style meal, and an exciting Auction!! Tickets with or without meals will be available approximately 30 to 40 days ahead of the event, and can be purchased on-line or at the door. Watch this website for details of the event as they become available.
Did you know that if you join the Paradise Symphony Society or become a Chair Sponsor you will not only be contributing to the financial health of the Orchestra, but will also earn some useful benefits such as, meeting with the Orchestra Members, touring the backstage area, priority seating, etc. Select the “Join the Symphony Society” button above and select the level of Membership desired on the Membership page. You may also choose to sponsor one or more of the Orchestra Members by going to the Sponsorship page and selecting one of four Chair Sponsor levels.