The Bakersfield Symphony is pleased to announce that our Music Director, Stilian Kirov was recently selected by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) as their new Music Director. We have been honored to have this talented maestro conducting our orchestra for the past two years and look forward to his continued leadership with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO). We extend our sincere congratulations to Maestro Kirov and support his expansion with IPO. His shared creativity and enthusiasm for music will benefit both communities.

Chris Hamilton, Board Chair of the Bakersfield Symphony Board of Directors says, “This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the BSO in the past two years, Maestro Kirov is a talented and dynamic conductor. I congratulate Maestro Kirov and look forward to his continued success here in Bakersfield.”

About the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra: The BSO’s mission statement is “enriching our community through the power of music!” The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra consisting of 60 to 80 members, 70% of whom reside and work in Bakersfield, CA. The BSO performs six subscription concerts, three pops concerts, and has a variety of outreach programs.