New Work by Libby Larsen performed by North State Symphony

Last night (Feb. 24) in Chico, CA, the North State Symphony gave an enthralling area premiere of a new work by composer Libby Larsen.  Dancing Man Rhapsody was written for violinist Terri Baune (Concertmaster of the North State Symphony) and commissioned by the NSS together with several other California orchestras.  Baune was the Concertmaster of The Women’s Philharmonic and has known Larsen for many years.  Maestro Scott Seaton is in his second year as Music Director of the NSS, and is infusing a new energy into the orchestra with his innovative programming, and lively rapport with audiences and the musicians. …

Rebecca Clarke Celebrated by North State Symphony

Two performances this past weekend, titled “Treasures Beloved and Unknown,” exposed audiences of the North State Symphony in Chico and Redding, California to the work of Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). The piece performed was Clarke’s most remembered composition, the Viola Sonata, arranged for viola and orchestra by Ruth Lomon, an acclaimed composer who is currently based in Boston. Read the program notes for the piece here. The solo violist was Melissa Matson, principal violist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra—the same orchestra that has demonstrated their commitment to the performances of works by women. You can read the local review from Chico…