Since its inception, the BSO NEXT program has allowed hundreds of local students to attend each of our six season concerts with our last two concerts welcoming the largest group of students we have ever had in attendance. Having these young students in the audience has brought an unmistakable energy and excitement to our concerts and the response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive from the students as well as regular concert patrons. Over 50 students from a local Bakersfield school, Paul L. Cato Middle School, had the opportunity of attending our October 2015 concert. We received thank you notes, Facebook posts, calls, and emails regarding the impact the performance made on those students.
“My students cannot stop talking about the performance and have been proudly showing off their autographed programs” -Dan Hernandez, Music Director at Paul L. Cato Middle School in Bakersfield, CA
There is more demand for BSO NEXT tickets than funded. This means there are more schools, teachers, parents, and students desiring to be a part of this program than available tickets due to insufficient funding. The cost per student for admittance to one season concert is $35 which pays for their ticket, snack, and beverage. We are asking for your help in funding students to attend our season concerts free of charge. If you would like more information or if you would like to become a sponsor contact the BSO office at 661-323-7928.