Simpson University, Shasta College Present Spring Concert Weekend

REDDING, Calif. – Redding’s two major educational institutions, Shasta College and Simpson University, will present a spring weekend, April 12-14, featuring 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 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 spring concert 19Shasta College’s Spring Concert – “Symphonic Folks” – 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 are available through or at the door.

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About Shasta College: Shasta College is part of the California Community College system, which is the largest system of higher education in the world, with 115 colleges organized into 73 districts. Shasta College offers a wide range of programs and services, including counseling, tutoring, financial aid, performing arts and athletic events, student activities, veterans’ services, cultural events, lecture series, workshops, and art exhibits. 

 About Simpson University: Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

The Shasta Symphony Orchestra: is a joint venture between Shasta College and Simpson University.  The SSO has three main objectives: to serve the educational needs of the students of Shasta College and Simpson University; to provide a place where students and skilled community musicians can continue to develop their talents; and to present quality, artistically enriching concerts to the general public.