Redding’s two major educational institutions, Shasta College and Simpson University, will present a spring weekend, April 12-14, featuring the great music of the world. Three concerts, two on the Shasta campus and one at the Simpson site, will highlight composers and favorite compositions from four continents and eight nations.

“Folk music is so ingrained in us as a community. This concert will showcase some of
the best symphonic works based on melodies from the folk tradition,” said Jeff Specht, D.M.A., Music Director of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra.

“Spend part of this concert weekend on our campuses and you will rediscover the love
the language of our world – great music,” said Simpson’s Director of Choral Activities Kieun Steve Kim, D.M.A.

Simpson University’s spring concert – If Music Be the Food of Love – draws its title from
the pen of Shakespeare and the scores of Henry Purcell, the most important English composer of his time. The program takes place Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the university’s James M. Grant Center. In addition to pieces by English composers Purcell and Britten, Simpson’s student chorale and community choir will present music from Germany, Ireland, Korea, the Philippines and South Africa. This taste of global music will include the whimsical Korean Baby Shark, downloaded 2.4 billion times on YouTube.

Shasta College’s Spring Concert – Symphonic Folk – showcases Russian composer
Alexander Borodin, Ralph Vaughan Williams of England and the world-renowned Czech
composer Antonin Dvorák. The Shasta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Specht and the Shasta College Community Chorale, led by Elizabeth Waterbury, D.M.A., will present the concert twice – Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the Shasta College Theatre. Selections will include Polovtsian Dances, Serenade to Music, and the New World Symphony.

Musicians from both campuses will perform at each concert. Shasta College tickets can be purchased at the door or at Simpson tickets can be purchased at the door or on the Redding page of