“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.”  —Aristotle

By Judy La Russa

On Nov. 10, 2016, Chrysalis student body and Redding Christian Academy music/band students assembled in the gymnasium to hear a special music presentation from North State Symphony conductor Scott Seaton and Chicago Symphony Orchestra trumpeter John Hagstrom. 

Mr. Hagstrom told students how he has been playing since he was eight years old and how hard he worked to achieve where he is at now. “If you want to be great it takes time, a lot of hard work and practice,” said Hagstrom.  He also explains to the students just how important music can be to their lives and encourages playing any instrument. The trumpeter said he still practices up to four hours or more daily and finish his routine by listening and studying musical works.  He then picks up his trumpet and magically gives examples of different types of musical pieces to the attentive crowd.

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Hagstrom is visiting from Chicago, where he plays in the trumpet section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and is active in Dream Out Loud, a music education advocacy program of the CSO.  The Dream Out Loud Music Education Advocacy Campaign utilizes the unique individual stories of Chicago Symphony Orchestra members to inspire young musicians to continue their musical studies and to stick with it during periods of challenge or frustration. To take a look at its various parts and musicians featured go to their website at  http://cso.org/dreamoutloud .
Hagstrom came to Redding to perform a trumpet concerto with the North State Symphony

John Hagstrom talks to student while Conductor Scott Seaton observes from the side.
John Hagstrom talks to student while Conductor Scott Seaton observes from the side.

this weekend in concerts at the Cascade Theatre, 7:30 p.m.on Saturday, November 12  and Chico at Laxson Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.on Sunday, November 13.  A free pre-concert talk by Maestro Seaton takes place one hour before each performance and will enhance appreciation of the music to follow.

 Conductor Seaton is in his second year as conductor and music director of the North State Symphony.  Besides being instrumental in bringing nationally acclaimed and talented artists to the classical concert stages in Chico and Redding, his innovative programs are bringing a new level of enrichment and culture to the North State.  Scott is also passionate about contemporary music and music education, and is the founder of North State Symphony’s new youth outreach program, “Explore Music”.  In his spare time, he conducts other orchestras, plays the saxophone, and is an avid cyclist and runner who has competed in marathons.

ABOUT THIS WEEKEND’S CONCERT — Redding (Cascade Theatre) 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 12  and Chico (Laxson Auditorium) 2:00 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 13

Tickets available at http://www.cascadetheatre.org/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=2628&Date=11/12/2016&SectionID=-1

This weekend’s concerts begin with Rossini’s well-known and lively overture from the comic opera “Barber of Seville”.  From the humorous to the sublime, Chicago Symphony trumpeter John Hagstrom will then transport the audience to another realm with Hummel’s graceful, classically Viennese Concerto in E major, complete with virtuosic embellishments and awe-inspiring cadenzas . In the second half of the program, in keeping with his mission to expose listeners to classical music from live composers, NSS Maestro Scott Seaton will lead the orchestra in Strut, a work by American Michael Daugherty that jives from beginning to end with fearless fiddling and vibrant syncopations, and sets the stage for Mendelssohn’s tour-de-force Italian Symphony to close out the evening.
“Italian classical music, like the country itself, has a warm, vibrant, and romantic ethos that saturates the ear and stimulates the soul in a completely unique way,” says Seaton.  “Besides getting to perform some of my all-time Italian favorites, I’m also thrilled that we’re able to bring a guest artist of John Hagstrom’s talent and pedigree to the North State – it’s not everyday you get to hear a virtuoso trumpet soloist, so this will be a treat”