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 will be featured in our final concert of this fiscal year on May 29, 2022. You don’t want to miss this event, “Sweet Endings“, at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, at 6 PM.
On August 29, the Orchestra celebrated the beginning of the 2021-2022 Season with a special fundraiser, “Music Under the Stars”, held at the Bille Park Pavilion in Paradise. The event included a served delicious hot meal, silent and live auctions, and one of the more unusual concerts the Symphony performs during the year. There were five interesting ensembles derived from the Orchestra membership, with a Woodwind quartet, a String quartet, a Trombone quartet, a Vocal and Guitar duet, and a final presentation of “Disney Magic” by all the groups combined. It was a highly successful fundraiser, which will help to offset losses experienced from the Camp Fire, and the ensuing Pandemic when there were no fundraisers, no sponsors, no memberships, and no ticket sales. So, we were off to a good start for the 2021-2022 Season.
Our next concert, “Holiday in Paradise”, was a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 5, 2021, at 3 pm 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 will be planning a similar event for the December holidays in the 2022-2023 Season.
The Winter Fundraiser, “From the Symphony With Love” was held on February 13, 2022 at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Paradise, and featured local vocal artists performing with the accompanient of Cindy Waring on piano, and featuring the piano artistry of Melissa Brown, who also performed with the Orchestra at the March 27 Concert. Both of these events were amazing!
Tickets for the final PSO Concert this fiscal year (May 29 at 6 PM) will be available online approximately 30 – 40 days prior to the event, and at the Door. Present your receipt at Will Call for tickets purchased online. Refer to the Events page of this website frequently in the future for details.
Fred Spruell, President of the Board
Paradise Symphony Society
Phone: (530) 514-6817
2021 – 2022 Concert Schedule
EXCITING NEWS!! Our next concert will be “Sweet Endings” on May 29, 2022 at 6 PM at the PPAC. 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 Concert for the 2021-2022 Concert Season at the Paradise Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is as follows:
“Sweet Endings” – Sunday – May 29, 2021 @ 6 pm
Our next Summer Fundraiser, “Music Under the Stars”, will be held on August 21st, 2022, at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Details are forthcoming and will be announced on this website in the near future. 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.
Connect with the Paradise Symphony Orchestra Facebook page to stay up to date on symphony news and concert dates.
News & Updates
All PSO CONCERTS BEGIN AT 6 PM, AT THE PARADISE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. Our December concert was a joint concert with the Paradise Community Chorus on Dec 5, 2021, at 3 pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center and was a resounding success. 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 16 concert was also a rousing success featuring Warren Haskell, Guitar Virtuoso, who was able to reschedule his Oct 24 performance. We have returned to our normal pricing schedule for event tickets for the 2021-2022 Season, and our next concert, “Sweet Endings”, is on May 29, 2022 at 6 PM at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Individuals joining the Symphony Society at the Tempo Club Level ($50) or higher, on-line or at the door, will be seated in the Preferred Seating section for future In-Person Concerts at the PPAC. 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 2021-2022 season, and hope to be able to continue our normal Concert and Fundraiser Season for 2021-2022. 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 in the August/September, 2022 timeframe, and will probably be held 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.
The Paradise Symphony Society Board has been selected as a 2021
MVP Volunteer Award winner by The Association of California
Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). The award is in recognition of
“exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer
organizations that orchestras and classical music organizations
depend on every day.” Sarah Weber, ACSO Executive Director states,
“We are incredibly proud of the awardees and what they have
accomplished in the face of great uncertainty during the past year.”