PAS Presents “Strings Resound” for August Concert

Friday, August 9th, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregatonal church

2850 Foothill blvd

Redding CA, 96001

Redding Performing Arts Society is excited to announce “Strings Resound” — an evening of duets by violinist Michael Eby and cellist Luigi Anthoni Polcari, in their first official collaboration since returning to Redding from college. 

Redding natives and Shasta High School alumni with a long history of performing together locally, at music festivals and at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the award-winning duo will play music by Glière, Bréval, Hoffmeister and Martinů.

This Concert in Free or by Donation.


PAS July Concert Presents Max Walter on Carl Sandburg

Friday, 12 July, 2019 @ 7:30pm

pilgrim congregational church

2850 foothill blvd

Redding CA, 96001

“Max Walter deftly assumes the role of poet Carl Sandberg in his monologue of reminiscences and musings, smoothly intertwined with poetry. We are moved by his spiritual insights into the natural world, human connections, and sensitivities to our given life conditions.
The portrayal is engaging, rhythmic and full of nuance. We come away with a compassionate comprehension of a mind compelled to capture our common and uncommon experiences in the framework of poetic exhilaration.
Ellen S., Redding

"Spirit of Carl Sandburg is a captivating sensation. Max Walter embodies a remembrance of America through the very words, stories and music of Carl Sandburg. Many have heard something of this great poet but all leave this one-man performance with a deep respect for eloquent language and greater pride in the American experience.Spirit of Carl Sandburg is an unexpected visit from your favorite grandpa, your greatest teacher, and the opportunity to relive the maturing of America. Max Walter embodies Carl Sandburg for a one man performance in his original words, reminding us of the penetrating effect of eloquent language, whimsical music, story, and the inspiration embedded in our freedom to dream.”
John C., Mt. Shasta

This project emerged after going on a Carl Sandburg binge and reading his Complete Poems, collection of personal letters, and the excellent Penelope Nivens’ biography. She relates how he once stated to Amy Lowell, who had just completed a biography on John Keats, “Ain’t it hell how a  book walks up to you and makes you write it?  Don’t you feel almost predestinarian?”


That describes nearly exactly how this play came to be. Certain poems immediately jumped out as profound and directly relevant to the current hour. The themes developed quickly - his passion for life and writing, the exhilaration his wife and daughters brought him intertwined with unimaginable illness, the ephemeral nature of beauty, American poets Whitman, Emerson, Frost, and Dickinson, the poet and politics, Abraham Lincoln, mortality and time - themes that are both elemental in nature and foundational in our great American saga.


I typed and printed many poems and sent them to a friend. I could soon see a strong outline of a play that would contain many profound moments. I checked the internet and discovered very little current whatsoever with Carl Sandburg.  Born 141 years ago, his signal in today’s world seems very distant. So, I began the process of presenting him and his enduring messages. In transitioning among the play’s 19 poems and letters, I attempted to use his exact words as much as possible and calculate 85% of Spirit Of Sandburg is in his own words.


In the process, I became an actor. I had never before even considered acting but had earlier shown skills in reciting long poems publicly. Presenting this content has fed my soul deeply from the very beginning.


I became an actor, and I also became a guitarist in about 4 weeks which seems miraculous but I discovered an extraordinary rosetta stone for unlocking the instrument that I believe Sandburg himself would have been elated to discover. “A device in the realm of harmonic creation where six silent strings have the sound potential of profound contemplation or happy-go-lucky whim.” Have you ever wanted to learn to play beautiful sounding guitar quickly?  Type Liberty Guitar in your Google search and check it out. It works. It has been a remarkable journey.


Sandburg set out as an orator and a platform performer in 1904 with a lecture he had written on Walt Whitman titled The Poet Of Democracy. He said that when he was on those platforms he could trade his lectures, poems, and songs for bread anywhere he wanted to go. Those experiences fed a creative genius who established himself from the very beginning as the poet of the people, became the master biographer of the brilliance and character of Abraham Lincoln, was the traveling troubadour teaching and singing from his American Songbag – a collection of 280 American folk songs, and authored the dazzling Rootabaga Stories children’s books chock-full of whimsy, American fooling, and the glory of language. His is a rich, charismatic, uniquely significant and enduring American story.


I have great gratitude to the Performing Arts Society for providing me this opportunity and for being a steadfast facilitator of art in the Redding community.

This concert is free or by donation.


PAS June Concert Featuring Local Pianists Moore & Bustamante

Friday, June 14th @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

2850 Foothill Blvd

Redding CA, 96001

Pianists Diego Bustamante and Oliver Moore will return to Redding's Performing Arts Society on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. to perform a concert of piano solos and duos. Featured works include Schubert's duo Lebensturme (Life's Storms), and Solos by Mozart, Scriabin, Debussy, Scarlatti, Hamelin, Liszt, Phillip Glass, Brahms, and Chopin, as well as rags by Joplin and others.

Diego will be a Junior at University of Pacific where he is currently studying  with Frank Wiens. Oliver will attend University of Kansas in the fall where he will study with Scott McBride Smith. Diego previously studied 8 years with Dr. Robert Bowman, while Oliver did the past 3 years.

Scott Joplin (The Easy Winners, The Cascades, Gladiolus Rag) is the most famous of the pioneering Black American composers of the early 20th century. Known as the King of Ragtime, he also experimented with classical stylings. Despite his renown, his second opera, Treemonisha, was too advanced for his era and was never fully staged during his lifetime.

While Joplin frequently warned pianists against playing his rags too fast, the music of Eubie Blake (Eubie’s Classical Rag) was more overtly exuberant. Beginning as a child

prodigy, Blake enjoyed an eight-decade career as a vaudeville, ragtime and jazz composer and pianist. He continued to record and perform until his death, just five days after his “100th birthday celebration” (he was really only 96).

Zez Confrey, a pianist and arranger of piano roll music for player pianos, wrote this famed novelty hit in 1921 after hearing his grandmother’s cat walk on her piano keyboard. This piece was the first in a long career of “novelty jazz” compositions.

Written in 1853, Franz Liszt’s Ballade #2 packs a lot of emotion into a limited form—the one-movement tone poem. Its morbid lyrics from the popular Gothic horror ballad Lenore describe a midnight ride to the cemetery with the ghost of the heroine’s recently slain soldier-fiancé, culminating in a zombie wedding. The opening’s menacing rumbles give way to meditative chords repeated a half-step lower; then a burst of virtuosity with march-like triplets forms a contemplative closer.

One of his later works, Franz Schubert’s Lebensstürme in a minor, D. 947 is an experiment in sonata form, moving beyond the standard two-theme exposition by introducing contrasting tonal areas with double themes. With its signature power and symphonic drive, it surpasses its predecessors while reflecting their early energy with brisk harmonics and polyphonic density.

This concert is free or by donation.

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PAS May 2019 Concert Featuring Chiharu Sai & Michael Eby

Friday May 10th @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

2850 Foothill Blvd

Redding CA, 96001

Redding Performing Arts Society is proud to present dynamic violin-piano duo Michael Eby and Chiharu Sai in an exciting program featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, Kreisler, Wieniawski, and De Falla, at Pilgrim Congregational Church on Friday, May 10 at 7pm.


Hailed as “flawless” by the Chico Enterprise Record, Michael Eby enjoys a multifaceted career, frequently performing in chamber, solo, and orchestral works on both violin and viola. Michael has worked under the baton of notable conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Ken-David Masur and Etienne Siebens. He studied with Isaac Malkin at the Manhattan School of Music, and plays a violin made in 2004 by Redding luthier John Harrison.


In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Chiharu Sai has performed widely in both the United States and Japan at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, and Opera City Hall. New York Concert Review described her as “one of those rarities: an artist who is unafraid to explore [Mozart’s] white-hot passion.” She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and is actively involved in local music education and pedagogy.


PAS April Concert ~ Percussionist Eric Whitmer’s Senior Recital

Saturday April 20th 2019 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregation church

2850 Foothill BLVD

Redding CA 96001

The Redding Performing Arts Society is proud to present, “Eric Whitmer: In Recital”. A regular performer on the Performing Arts Society stage, you may have seen Eric at a number of recent concerts. Making his final solo performance for PAS, Eric will be presenting a concert full of amazing music you won’t want to miss. Composers like Reich, Maslanka, Pärt, Bach and many more will be featured this concert as Eric takes us on a grand tour of all the ways that percussionists can make music. Also featured on this concert will be Bruce Belton who will be joining Eric on Maslanka’s “Songbook for Alto Saxophone and Marimba”. There will be something for everyone on this concert and you won’t want to miss out!

Featured this Concert…

Clapping Music by Steve Reich

Dream of the Cherry Blossoms by Keiko Abe

Caprice No. 10 in b minor by Carlo Alfredo Piatti

Songbook for Alto Saxophone and Marimba by David Maslanka

(Feat. Bruce Belton, Alto Saxophone)

Cello Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach

& Many More Fan Favorites…..

Eric Whitmer - Fresh from his auditions at various undergraduate music programs across the country, Eric is excited to be back sharing his love of all things percussion with his NorCal community. Studying percussion, Eric began working with the former principal percussionist of NSS, Dr. Dwayne Corbin. Now he studies with Jake Nissly, the principal percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. He has also worked with leading performers such as Gerald Noble, Chip Ross, David Fishlock, Matthew Coley, She-e Wu, and many others. As an orchestral musician, he has played under the baton of a variety of conductors including Keith Lockhart, Ken Lam, and Kraig Allan Williams. You may have seen Eric and his marimba around town at different events including his solo debut with the Shasta Symphony Orchestra last year or chamber concerts sponsored by the Redding Performing Arts Society, of which he is an active board member. When he is not practicing, you can find Eric performing with NSS as a section percussionist, working for NSS as an outreach coordinator, hiking various trails across the North State, and practicing yoga. This summer he will attend Boston University’s prestigious Tanglewood Institute, where he will work with esteemed faculty members of both the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


PAS ~ March Concert Featuring Young Artists from Shasta and Butte Counties!

Friday March 8th 2019 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

2850 foothill blvd

redding ca, 96003

Redding Performing Arts Society will present student violinist McKenna Reale and pianist Andrew Ma, from Butte County Branch of the Music Teacher’s Association of California, joined by Redding cellist Cassidy Ray, violinists Derrick Giuntani and James Johnston, along with pianist Joseph Johnston in solos, sonatas, and concertos on Friday, March 8 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. in Redding.


Composers include Bach, Lalo, Mozart, Sarasate, Khachaturian, Haydn, and Beethoven. Some of the highlights include the “finale” from Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata with violinist McKenna Reale, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with violinist Derrick Giuntani, the first movements of Mozart’s Concerto in A major with pianist James Johnston, and Haydn’s Concerto in D major with pianist Andrew Ma accompanied by Dr. Robert Bowman on piano.


The performers study with Dr. David Mallory and Dr. Robert Bowman in Chico and Michael Eby and Sasha Kachugina in Redding.  


The Butte County Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California was chartered in 1952 and has 22 accredited members who teach strings, piano, harpsichord, winds, voice, and Musikgarten pre-instrument classes to students of all ages.  The organization sponsors the MTAC Youth Orchestra under the direction of Yoshie Muratani, the MTAC Chico Summer Music Academy and present solo and chamber ensemble recitals in the Chico Area throughout the year, as well as the Certificate of Merit Exams. Students who successfully pass the exams are selected to perform in the State MTAC Convention (this year in Santa Clara, Ca).


The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully received at the door.


PAS Presents Friction Quartet featuring Bass Clarinetist Bruce Belton

Friday February 8th 2019 @ 7:30pm

All Saints episcopal church

2150 benton drive

redding ca, 96003

On Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church in Redding, the Bass Clarinet Quintet Project — local clarinetist Bruce Belton with San Francisco–based Friction Quartet — will present an eclectic debut performance of select commissioned works of new music.

Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. The concert is sponsored by the Performing Arts Society of Redding, a contributing member of the Shasta County Arts Council.

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PAS December Concert ~ “Sweet Adelines”

Friday December 14th @ 7:30pm

Redding Old City Hall

The Northern Gateway Chorus of Redding teams up with their sister chorus Southern Oregon Sound, from Medford, for an evening of women’s barbershop choral and quartet singing.  The concert includes a wide variety of vocal music, from timeless classics to Broadway hits, plus seasonal favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. Broadway composers on the program include Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Disney film composer Alan Menken, along with a medley of tunes made famous by the Andrews Sisters.

The show also includes specialty numbers performed by several award-winning quartets comprised of members from the two choruses. Join us for an unforgettable evening of choral music, showcasing two fine groups from the Northstate and southern Oregon.  One performance only will take place at Redding’s Old City Hall on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30. No advance ticket purchase is necessary. There is no admission cost, although donations are gratefully accepted.

The concert is sponsored by Redding’s Performing Arts Society, a contributing member of the Shasta County Arts Council.

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PAS November Concert ~ A Night of 20th & 21st Century Music!

Friday, November 9th, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

The Stadler Trio: Ashland musicians, pianist Cynthia Darby and cellist Tom Stauffer, return to our stage, along with local clarinetist Bruce Belton to present an evening of 20th and 21st century chamber music, including works by Robert Muczynski, Nino Rota & Alexander Zemlinsky. Then with violinist Cherie Gans, marimbist Eric Whitmer and pianist Ellen Southard, they'll play Marc Mellits'  "Music for Five Musicians". Eric and pianist Tyler Braito will premiere Morgan Fator's new work for marimba & piano.

This concert is free or by donation.


PAS Presents: An Evening with Pianist Oliver Moore

Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

Pianist Oliver Moore will perform Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in Eb minor (WTC I), Beethoven’s Sonata in D major, Op. 10 #3, Liszt’s Ballade #3,  Cyril Scott’s Rainbow Trout, Percy Grainger’s In Dohaney, and Muczynski’s Desperate Measures.  17-years of age, Oliver currently studies with Dr. Robert Bowman in Chico. As a pianist, double bassist, accompanist, arranger and composer, he takes inspiration from many forms of music. Oliver is primarily a classical pianist, but is well-versed in jazz and ragtime standards of the 20th century as well. 

He has won 1st place at the Redlands Bowl Concerto Competition, the CAPMT State Concerto Competition, the MTAC North Concerto Competition, the Classical Masters Piano Competition, the West Coast Ragtime Competition, and took 2nd place at the World Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Oxford, Mississippi.

This concert is free or by donation.

PAS ~ January Events: Arcata Bay String Quartet & PAS Live at Old City Hall for Redding Cultural Cruise

Arcata Bay String Quartet

Friday January 11th 2019 @ 7:30pm

Pilgrim Congregational Church

2850 Foothill Blvd

Redding CA 96001

The Arcata Bay String Quartet from the California north coast will present an evening of masterpieces from the heart of the string quartet tradition in a concert on Friday evening, Jan. 11, at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. The performance includes three jewels of the quartet repertoire spanning the Classical, Romantic and early Modern periods. Haydn’s G major quartet, Op. 76, no. 1 (1797) comes from the composer’s last years and features tuneful melodies integrated into the quartet musical structure that Haydn himself virtually invented. Schumann’s intensely dramatic A minor quartet was written as part of a set of three as a birthday present for his young wife Clara. They were written in 1842, the same astoundingly fruitful year as the composer’s famous piano quintet and piano quartet. Debussy’s landmark G minor quartet (1893) helped establish the composer’s reputation as one of the founders of modern music. Its sensuality and impressionistic tonal shifts make it a perennial audience favorite and show how far the string quartet form had evolved in less than 100 years from the time of Haydn. This generous serving of quartets begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. The concert is sponsored by the Redding Performing Arts Society, a contributing member of the Shasta County Arts Council.

PAS Live at the Old City Hall for Redding Cultural Cruise

Friday January 25th 2019 | 4pm-evening

Old City Hall

1313 Market Street

Redding CA 96001

Shasta County Arts Council presents its annual Cultural Cruise on Friday, January 25, in a variety of venues. PAS is honored to provide ongoing music from 4-8pm @ Old City Hall. PAS board members will play, including vocalist Joel Thomson, pianist Ellen Southard with SonaTrio (Cherie Gans & Bruce Belton), pianist Morgan Fator and percussionist Eric Whitmer. SonaTrio will provide sounds for free-range dance, so let your spirit soar in dance you never knew you could.

Jan 25th 4:00-8:00 @ Old City Hall