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With the announcement of Stilian Kirov as BSO’s new Music Director, now is the time to purchase your season tickets. There are six season concerts from October to May. The excitement of the concerts were greatly improved this year as we experienced six exceptional conductor candidates. This next year will continue the enthusiasm for our concerts with Stilian at the podium. We now have a Pick 3 where you can choose any of the three concerts as a package if you are not able to attend all six concerts. Please contact the BSO office for information on ticket sales as you will be surprised on how affordable these tickets really are. (661-323-7928, info@BSOnow.org) Here are the dates of the concerts:

October 3, 2015
November 14, 2015
February 6, 2016
March 12, 2016
April 9, 2016
May 14, 2016

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The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the selection of Stilian Kirov as its new music director and conductor. The decision follows an exhaustive two-year process, 160 applications and six guest conductors featured in concerts during the 2014-2015 season.

“This was a collective effort by the BSO musicians, board members and our community,” said BSO President and CEO Bryan Burrow. “The community showed strong support for this process as we experienced higher attendance not seen in decades.”

Kirov will officially assume his role Wednesday, July 1. The 31-year-old Bulgarian-born conductor was most recently the associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony and was named music director of New Jersey’s prestigious Symphony in C earlier this year.

“The BSO concerts have created a lot of excitement this season and frankly surprised many in our community on how incredible the concert experience can be,” Burrow added. “We believe that Mr. Kirov will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to Bakersfield.”

Kirov echoed Burrow’s sentiment, “I am thrilled to be joining the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and leading this outstanding organization to a very exciting new chapter,” he said. “It is a true joy to have the opportunity to make music with the orchestra’s brilliant musicians, working with Bryan Burrow and the whole BSO family to bringing joy and excitement through some outstanding music in Bakersfield.”

Kirov’s work is extensive and includes guest engagements with the Amarillo Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the New World Symphony in Miami.

Worldwide he has appeared with the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra in Ukraine, Orchestre Colonne in Paris and the Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg.

Kirov’s numerous awards and prizes include an Emmy for the “Memphis Symphony Soundtrack Project,” the Orchestra Preference Award, as well as The Juilliard School’s Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and the Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement.

He is a graduate of The Juilliard School in orchestral conducting, where he was a student of James DePreist. In 2012, he studied at the Aspen Academy of Conducting, and in 2013, was one of two conducting fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Kirov holds a master’s degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

Also a gifted pianist, Kirov is the Gold Medalist of the 2001 Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris.

The conductor search officially began in mid-2013 after the announcement of John Farrer’s departure, who was with the BSO for nearly 40 years. A committee of 11 people, including five orchestra members, four board members and two community members launched the search.

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The BSO will have its fall auditions on August Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.

Have you or someone you know dreamed about performing with a professional orchestra? This is one of the most exciting times to be performing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Be a part of this wonderful family of musicians as we make history this season. Details are as follows:

OPEN AUDITIONS
* Held Friday August 21st at 7:30pm Thompson Jr. High
* Call office for audition package (661-323-7928)
* Deadline to sign up and receive audition packet, Friday, July 31, 2015

PRINCIPAL CELLO AUDITION
* Held both Thursday August 20th and Friday August 21st
* First round blind auditions
* By appointment only, call BSO office at 661-323-7928
* Deadline to sign up and receive audition packet, Friday, July 31, 2015
* Second round auditions on Friday by invitation only, which will include verbal interview and quartet performance.

For questions, please call the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

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You have a opportunity for $5,000. The BSO has an Opportunity Drawing on May 15th at the annual BSO Gala held at the CSUB Amphitheater. Tickets for this drawing are $100 each. Contact the office at 661-323-7928 for more information.

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Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that he is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world culminating with the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles, also known as the most prestigious guitar contest which earned him tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-2009 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

imagesMr. Dylla’s recent tour highlights included his Carnegie Hall debut during a two-month tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts and opening concert of the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival. Apart from his guest performances at virtually every major North American guitar festival, in Europe, he returned to Konzerthaus in Vienna and he has been regularly invited to appear at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition where he’s a beloved regular.

Mr. Dylla’s orchestral engagements included subscription concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming performing two concerti (Ponce’s Concierto del Sur and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) on two consecutive nights, in addition to recitals throughout Europe every year. This season he will perform as soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra during their new music director search.

Furthermore, he has appeared as soloist with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy) and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany) under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, Alexander Rahbari and Mariusz Smolij.
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In 2006, Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter of the legendary Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, chose Mr. Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 2002, at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria, he was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player.

Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow, Poland in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Music Academy in Kraków and Katowice.

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Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia has been hailed as a conductor who conducts with “vigor” and “commitment” (Charlotte Observer) and for bringing a“fresh vi ew to classical music” (The Republic). He began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the
Charlotte Symphony in September 2013 and he is in his third and final season as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Kalia will guest conduct the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as guest cover
conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony.
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As Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Mr. Kalia conducts a variety of performances
including Family, Education, Outreach and Parks concerts. Covering almost every subscription
concert, he has assisted Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and many visiting artists
including Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Hough. In February 2015 he will make his debut on the
innovative Knight Sounds series as well as his Pops series debut with the Noel Friedline Trio. Mr.
Kalia frequently collaborates with the Charlotte Ballet, including more than a dozen performances of
The Nutcracker every December, and is an ardent proponent of collaborations with dancers, visual
artists, and the use of technology to enhance the concert experience. He regularly leads pre-concert
conversations and has been featured on Charlotte’s WBTV.

As a recipient of the BMI/Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship and YMF Conducting Grant,
Mr. Kalia has led the Debut Orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by
leading video game composers. Winner of YMF’s 2012 National Conductor Search, he follows in
the footsteps of such illustrious conductors as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Andre Previn, and Myung
Whun Chung. Highlights from his first two seasons include three world premieres, collaborations
with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of
Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, a unique concert titled “Gamer Jams: Music Behind the Screen” featuring music by
leading video game composers at the Ford Theater, and the orchestra’s debut performance at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels “Virgin of Guadalupe” Celebration, which was televised and
streamed worldwide.

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George Festival Orchestra and chamber ensembles every summer in upstate New York. The first
classical music festival of its kind in Lake George, the orchestra brings together young professionals
and current students from many prestigious institutions including the Czech Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Kansas
City, New World, Dallas, Boise, Detroit, San Antonio, and the premier conservatories in the nation
including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. The
orchestra has been featured on a variety of radio programs including NPR’s Performance Today with
Fred Child. For the upcoming season, Mr. Kalia has designed a Family Concert series as well as a
Late Night Concert series for young professionals.

Mr. Kalia has been invited to some of the most distinguished music festivals and competitions
around the world including fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conducting, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the St. Magnus Festival in Scotland. In 2011 he won Second Prize at the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which
led to his debut with the orchestra the following season. That same year David Zinman invited him to work with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele. In 2013, Mr. Kalia participated in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at
the Manhattan School of Music and was also invited to serve as a guest cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony.

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Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Sofia, Chelsea
Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de Cadaques, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philarhmonic Orchestra,
among others. He has also served on jury panels for prestigious competitions including the 2013
Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the 2014 Rosen-Schaffel Competition at
Appalachian State University.

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kalia has commissioned and programmed
more than 100 works by some of America’s brightest and innovative composers including Mason
Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Paul Chihara, among others. With
the Debut Orchestra, he has worked closely with acclaimed film and television composers such as
John Williams, Ed Shearmur, Michael Levine, Alex Wurman, Greg Edmonson, and Austin Wintory.
He recently commissioned a work by composer Paul Dooley with the Debut Orchestra, which was
aided by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. At the 2013 Lake George Music
Festival, he led the world premiere of Brenden Faegre’s The Brightness of Light, in honor of Georgia
O’Keefe’s legacy in Lake George. He also helped create and conducted on the “Double Exposure”
series at Indiana University, which was a unique collaboration between composers and film students
where live music is performed to silent films. Of his conducting at the 2009 St. Magnus Festival with the Psappha New Music Ensemble, “Lewis used complex groupings and cross rhythms that propelled the players through the piece—fortunately Kalia was masterful in allowing it freedom but
keeping it under control” (St. Magnus Festival Blog).

A native of New York, Mr. Kalia completed his work as a Doctoral Conducting Fellow at Indiana University, where he was an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz
Anton Krager, and he has undertaken additional studies with Franz Welser-Moest, David Zinman, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.

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Come and watch the master class with Marcin Dylla, who is a highly accomplished soloist having performed around the world. We welcome Mr. Dylla to Bakersfield for our May 9th concert. While in Bakersfield, we are fortunate to have his expertise shared with three students. The master class date is May 8th from 4pm to 5:30pm and is open to the public free of charge. This will be held at Bakersfield College small theater. Direct your questions to the BSO office at 323-7928.

 

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Joining the Bakersfield Symphony for the April concert is the Bakersfield Master Chorale. There is a long standing relationship between these two groups with a variety of opportunities to share the stage. The BSO is pleased to have BMC once again participate in this wonderful concert showcasing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The Bakersfield Master Chorale is a choral society of adult voices directed by Dr. Robert Provencio and affiliated with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. During its concert season, the Chorale seeks to enrich community musical awareness by presenting performances of major choral literature, secular and sacred, from all musical eras.

Bakersfield Masterworks ChoraleThe Chorale is a non-profit educational organization, and is Bakersfield’s only mixed adult choral group governed locally by a board of directors operating under a constitution and by-laws.

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The Chorale performs Handel’s Messiah each Christmas. It has also recorded several albums, audio tapes and CD’s. The Chorale has completed five European tours. The most recent tour was this past June, when the Chorale toured Italy. They performed in a Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In addition, they performed a concert in Florence and in Rome and were granted permission to sing in the Pantheon in Rome. No donor contributions were used to underwrite the tour. It was entirely self-supported by Chorale members.

Chorale singers and board members represent a broad cross-section of the community, ranging in age from college students to retired adults. Membership ranges from 75 to 100 or more singers. Chorale members’ occupations include such diverse fields as education, medicine, agriculture, service industries, legal, oil and homemaking.

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Acclaimed and increasingly in demand. Rebecca Miller, a guest conductor candidate, is set to lead the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rabobank Theater located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. Orchestral works to be featured include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. The evening will include a choral performance by Bakersfield Master Chorale.

First prize winner in the Fourth Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Miller is currently music director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra and director of orchestras at the Royal Holloway University of London.

Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. “The performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was the best of the lot,” reported Steve Crowther with the York Press (UK).For example, the pacing of the first movement was near perfection, so intelligent and dramatically fulfilling. This is a superb orchestra with an exceptional director, Rebecca Miller.”Rebecca Miller1

Her music making and command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.

Miller’s 2014 guest engagements included debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In March 2014 she made her Royal Festival Hall debut in a world premiere of Neil Hannon’s new work for organ, choir and orchestra, “To our Fathers, in Distress,” with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VoiceLab. In July 2014 she made her debuts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Ryedale Festival and at the BBC Proms.

Miller has guest conducted throughout Mexico including several performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in the Palacio Bellas Artes and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes. She also has appeared with the Santa Cruz Symphony in California and is one of the few regular guest conductors of the Southbank Sinfonia in London. In 2012, she made her debut with the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. It is Venezuela’s premier youth orchestra and younger sibling of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

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Miller has multiple recordings coming out this year including a recently released CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has released two commercial CDs. Her 2011 work for Signum Records features the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ dramatic work, “Goblin Market.” The recording was critically acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine and Fanfare Magazine. It received several awards including an IRR Outstanding Recording by International Record Review and was chosen as one of Musicweb International’s Recordings of the Year for 2011.

The conductor’s TV credits include being a guest on BBC Two’s “Proms Extra” and conducting the Southbank Sinfonia on Channel 4’s “Don’t Stop the Music.” She has appeared on TV and radio throughout the United States, Mexico and Israel.

In 1999, Miller founded London-based The New Professionals Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of some of London’s foremost classical musicians. As artistic director, she led The New Professionals in guest performances at London’s South Bank Centre, the BAC Battersea Opera Festival and at various music societies and festivals around the U.K. The orchestra’s debut CD, “Lou Harrison: For Strings,” was released by Mode Records in 2004. It featured the world premiere recording of Harrison’s Pipa Concerto played by Wu Man, and the first complete recording on CD of Harrison’s “Suite for Symphonic Strings.” The recording was featured on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film “Shutter Island.”

Born in California, Miller completed her studies in piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She studied conducting at Northwestern University and at the Aspen Music Festival and was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting for two years at London’s Royal College of Music.

Tickets from $20. To purchase tickets, log onto Ticketmaster.com or call (661) 323-7928. For additional information on Miller, log onto www.rebeccamiller.net

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Violinist Elena Urioste and Violist Juan Miguel Hernandez will join the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for the March 14th concert. The duet have performed several times together including an appearance with the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. Stockton patrons raved about their wonderful performance. While in Bakersfield, they will conduct a master class for three local musicians who have auditioned for this opportunity. The community is welcomed to audit the class free of charge as an audience member Friday the 13th at 4pm. This will be held at the CSUB Music Building. For more information, please call the BSO office at 323-7928.

Urioste2Elena’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were praised by three separate critics for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. In Europe, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestra. She has performed recitals in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis.JMH2

 An artist defined by the critics as “…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing “…the sweetest, most sonorous tone…” (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.

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