Paradise Symphony, following 2018 Camp Fire, celebrates 2019 season opening

Posted on: November 1, 2019

“The Paradise Symphony Orchestra will open its 61st season with an impressive concert featuring composers from America and Europe,” led by Music Director Lloyd Roby, writes Verda Mackay in Thursday’s (10/31) Enterprise-Record (Chico, CA). “ ‘Our New World’ concert … on Nov. 3 … in the Paradise Performing Arts Center … will begin a full-week celebration of the progress made since Nov. 8, 2018, when the Camp Fire started.” The fire destroyed much of Paradise and nearby communities. “PSO was able to complete its 60th year despite the Camp Fire. This was due to its passionate board of directors, treasured friends and a determined group of 55-60 dedicated musicians. Rehearsals and concerts were held in Oroville State Theatre. Various Chico schools and churches also provided space for orchestra rehearsals.” In addition to music by Copland, Borodin, Richard Rodgers, and Dvořák, the concert “will also debut Trevor Lloyd’s composition ‘Song for a Glorious Day,’ composed expressly for this event…. Although the orchestra’s musicians have lost loved ones, valued musical instruments and homes … under the leadership of the Paradise Symphony Society, much is done to support the needs of these musicians as they work to rebuild their lives.”

Posted November 1, 2019