Issue: May 06, 2021

The performing arts have suffered greatly as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns. According to a recent study, ticket sales for the performing arts were down 86.1 percent in the U.S. during the first year of the pandemic. The North State Symphony, which in normal years packs theaters all over Northern California, had zero audience members and zero tickets sold for the 2020-21 season, but the organization did not close up shop. Instead, it downsized, moved the performances online, and actually ramped up its programming. Read about how the resilient group made sure the music still played despite a season filled with upheaval in this sneak preview of the Music feature from the May print edition of the CN&R: “Unstoppable season.”

Speaking of the May print issue, it comes out this week! Find it in stands all over Butte County starting May 6.

One last note: Our Spring Supporter Drive launches in May! Please support the CN&R's local news and arts coverage as our community transitions out of lockdown. Your help is needed now more than ever!

Thank you,

Jason Cassidy
CN&R interim editor