Simpson University Music Professor to Premiere Concerto with North State Symphony

For Immediate Release


Dr. Dan PinkstonREDDING, Calif. - The North State Symphony will premiere an original concerto by Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston during its fall concert series, one of several accomplishments this year by the award-winning composer.

“Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” will be performed during symphony performances Nov. 11 and 12 in Chico and Redding, respectively. The piece was commissioned by two local arts supporters and will feature world-renown violinist Chloe Trevor as soloist.

“It’s such an honor to have such a great violinist and orchestra premiere a work as complex as this concerto is,” Dr. Pinkston said. “I’ve really tried to make it expressive, powerful, and meaningful for the audience.”

It will be the third time a local symphony has premiered an original composition by Dr. Pinkston, who chairs Simpson’s Music Department. His “Symphony No. 1” was performed by the North State Symphony in 2010; “Symphony No. 2,” was commissioned and performed by the Shasta Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

In 2018 or 2019, the latter will also premiere a commissioned piece called “Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra.”

Last year, an orchestral piece by Dr. Pinkston was introduced by the Shasta Symphony Orchestra at an outdoor evening concert in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area west of Redding. “In This Great Expanse” was inspired by his time at Whiskeytown and Lassen national parks enjoying Northern California’s natural beauty, Dr. Pinkston said.

This spring, Dr. Pinkston will spend more time in Whiskeytown as the area’s first composer-in-residence. He will compose a piece inspired by his time in residence that he hopes to have performed at several public venues throughout Redding.

“I love Whiskeytown, and all of the beautiful nature that surrounds Redding,” he said. “This residency means I get to channel that beauty into music.”

Other recent compositions and activities by Dr. Pinkston include the following:

  • His composition “Collisions XIII” (for piano, flute, clarinet, electric guitar, and bass) premiered at the Tutti Music Festival in Ohio. Dr. Pinkston was one of 40 composers selected out of 700 applicants.
  • “Collisions I” viola solo premiered in Romania by virtuoso violist Cornelia Petroiu (On video at
  • “All That Remains” for bass clarinet and string quartet premiered by the Golden Gate Chamber Players in Carmel, Calif. (On video at
  • “Prisms” commissioned and premiered by the Foothill High School Band at the California Music Educators Association regional festival.

Internationally, Dr. Pinkston will serve as composer-in-resident at the Visby International Center for Composers in Visby, Sweden, in fall 2018. In July, he presented a paper at a conference in Helsinki, Finland.

In September, his new piece “Dark Nebula” will be premiered at the Electronic Music Festival in Kansas City.

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