Paradise Symphony Orchestra Performs Beethoven’s
“Ode to Joy” and Celebrates First Responders
Paradise, CA: March 2019 is the month of music for the Paradise Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Two concerts. Two communities. And, many reasons for joyful celebrations.
The PSO will continue to celebrate their 60th Anniversary season and will perform their “Ode to Joy” concert at the State Theatre in Oroville on Saturday night, March 9, 2019 at 7 pm. Located on Myers Street, this historic facility will host the 60-member orchestra and an 85-member choir as they perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 4th Movement, otherwise known as “Ode to Joy”. The choir is under the direction of Sam Gronseth, and includes a number of voices from a variety of north state choirs, all in support of the PSO’s effort to celebrate 60 years of making joyful music. Following the Camp Fire of November 8, 2018, the meaning for this concert has changed to include reasons to remember those who lost their lives in the fire and to celebrate the resilience of the North State, as Butte County rises.
The acoustics of the State Theatre are uniquely designed to enhance musical performances, and it is one you won’t want to miss. The program will also include the 1st movement from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, as well as “Festival Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
On Sunday night, March 10 at 7:00 pm, the PSO will return to their home venue at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, located at 777 Nunneley Street. The full concert will be performed with one very special addition to the program with the premiere of “The March of the First Responders”, a piece composed by Lloyd Roby, PSO Conductor.
This musical composition was created to thank to all those who helped to ensure the safety of the residents of all the communities who were impacted by the Camp Fire last November, and will be presented as a tribute to fire fighters, police officers, highway patrol officers, town engineers, emergency medical technicians, health care providers, sheriff’s officers, public works officials, and so many more. Heroes emerged from many different sources, as ordinary individuals stepped up to do extraordinary things during this state’s worst wildfire ever.
First responders from all avenues are invited to attend the Paradise concert for free and allow us to publicly recognize and thank them for their service to our local communities.
Tickets for the March 9 event are available online at orovillestatetheatre.com or at STAGE ticket outlets, including Marcozzi Jewelers, Purple Line Urban Winery, Stifel, and the State Theatre Box Office.
Tickets for the March 10 concert are available online at paradisesymphony.org or at The Music Connection and Wilson’s Printing, both in Chico, and the Paradise Coin and Gift Shop in Paradise. For more information, visit paradisesymphony.org or call 530-513-1507.
We are pleased to inform you that the Paradise Symphony Orchestra is alive and well, following the devastating Camp Fire that destroyed much of the town of Paradise. Our hearts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this tragic event. Many of our musicians lived in the affected communities, and were able to evacuate safely and took with them their valued instruments, though we do know of some musicians who have lost instruments, music, music stands, etc., that are part of their ability to continue to perform and entertain us with their musical abilities. Under the leadership of native Paradisian Dawn Harms, a fund has been established with the Paradise Symphony Society to support the needs of these musicians as they work to rebuild their lives and to support the ongoing efforts to ensure cultural arts is alive and well on the Paradise Ridge. Please consider making a contribution to Together for Paradise through our website.
The Paradise Symphony Orchestra is preparing to perform with the Northern California Ballet in their current production of “The Nutcracker” which will be performed January 18-20, 2019. The location is to be determined, so watch for more details about this important weekend of performances. You won’t want to miss out on “The Nutcracker” with live music by the PSO.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra. We are continuing to focus on making music for our community, and we appreciate your contributions and your attendance. Our calendar of events may change, based upon availability of venues, musicians, and other resources, so check our website regularly.