Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Message from our Executive Director

Welcome to the BSO’s website! The BSO has made exciting progress over the last couple years by expanding its audiences, community outreach and educational programs. With the addition of Stilian Kirov our Music Director and Gayle Tape our new Director of Marketing and Development, we are busy planning additional concerts and more ways to reach our patrons and youth. Outlined below are our upcoming concerts and programs that drive excitement for the BSO. The BSO thrives with your involvement and support. Help us enrich our community through the power of music!

-Kari Heilman


  • Six concerts are included in our regular season package. Concert dates can be found under Events or by CLICKING HERE
  • Take a look at our Season Brochure to get more information on our concerts and talented soloists
  • Tickets are very affordable, starting from $20
  • With BSO Dine you can now save 15% on your dinner at participating restaurants – a perfect way to enhance your concert experience.


  • We are adding exciting concerts this season as we continue to grow
    • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – Sept. 29, 2017
      • The orchestra is part of the play!
      • Directed by the very talented, local favorite Jennifer Sampson.
    • Home for the Holidays – Dec. 16, 2017
      • Christmas Concert, featuring the Bakersfield College Choirs
    • Annual Gala Fundraiser – March 16, 2018
      • A party you won’t want to miss!
    • Rock Rewind – April 21, 2018
      • Celebrating music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s


  • Young People’s Concerts – every year the BSO provides three different concerts for over 12,000 students in Kern County.
    • YPC dates for 2017-18:
      • Friday, October 6, 2017
      • Thursday, November 2, 2017
      • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • BSO NEXT – now in its fourth year, BSO NEXT brings students to our regular season concerts through the generosity of sponsors.
  • Kids Discover Music – the BSO’s string quartet visits local schools and other community organizations to educate about orchestral music, their instruments and how they are made.


  • Only one third of our support, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, comes through ticket sales, which means we rely on the generosity of our community to bring our outreach programs and concerts to Kern County. This support comes through corporate sponsorships, grants, and most importantly…INDIVIDUALS. Here is how you can support the mission of the BSO.
    • Donations – either a one time donation or donate monthly. Every dollar helps the BSO present great programs and support music education here in Kern County.
    • Conductor’s Circle – with a $1,000 donation you can enjoy the perks of membership (contact the office for details).
    • Sponsorship for Concerts or Outreach Programs – different sponsorship levels are available (contact the office for details).
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