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For the first time ever, the BSO will perform a very unique and “out of the box” concert at the Temblor Brewery. A small group of musicians will bring to life fun and recognizable music. Tickets at the door are only $7. Have a drink and listen to great music. Saturday May 7th at 8pm.

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Join us for the season finale for BSO’s 84th season with a concert titled, Love and War featuring violinist Simone Porter. At 18 years of age, Simone Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestra of both Nashville and Utah.

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op.35, D major
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, op.47, D minor

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The BSO’s annual Gala fundraiser will be held at the Epic jet Center this year with the theme of Havana Nights. There will be awesome food, classic cars, and Wasco High School’s Steel Drum Band “High Groove Steelers” will perform! To inquire about ticket and table purchases call the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

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The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is reaching out to surrounding communities. Music in Your Neighborhood is a series of concerts in areas outside Kern County, bringing the music to you. This concert will be family oriented and fun for all to enjoy. Ticket prices are $5 for children 12 and under and students with a valid ID and $15 for adults.

Shafter Concert

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Shafter High School
Start: 1:00pm

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Tickets also available for purchase at Apple Market in Shafter

Taft Concert

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Where: Taft High School
Start: 3:00pm

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Tickets also available for purchase at Taft Chamber of Commerce and Cooper’s True Value in Taft

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Join us for the 5th concert of BSO’s 84th season as we give tribute to our Veterans. Intriguing war photography by Multimedia Artist, Nicholas Bardonnay from Westwater Arts will be displayed as the orchestra sounds off tribute to those who protect our great country. There will be a 20% discount given to veterans, along with their families, with a valid military ID.

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BSO NEXT is a donor-based endeavor that provides concert tickets to our season performances, a pre-concert meet and greet with the conductor and musicians, and a snack to local students. Our hope is that such exposure will inspire future musicians and concert-goers and provide the next generation with a powerful introduction to the world of music. Hundreds of tickets were distributed for the Fall 2015 concerts and more students attended than ever before. These students have created a palpable vibe of youth and excitement to the audience and the response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive from the students as well as regular concert patrons.  We received considerable feedback from schools and groups whose students were appreciative and inspired by the experience of attending a live concert.

“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. We invite you to participate in this rare giving opportunity which allows you to directly invest in our local youth, observe the results for yourself, and connect the next generation to the BSO experience. For more information or to become a sponsor, please email Cynthia Smizer at cynthia@bsonow.org.
 

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BSO NEXT participant, Mikayla, reflects on her experience at the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s October Concert.

 

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Take pictures with many of your favorite Star Wars characters. The 501st Legion will join the Orchestra for this event! 501st is dedicated to creating and wearing screen-accurate replicas of Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Visit http://www.501st.com/

Ticket prices are: $30, $40, $50, and $60 depending on seat selection. Tickets can be purchased at www.etix.com or by going to the Fox Theater Box Office located at 1700 20th Street, 93301. The box office hours are from 10:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am to 3:30pm on Saturdays.

For more information, contact the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

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For the fourth concert of the 84th season, Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan, will join the BSO. This concert will be held at the Rabobank Theater on March 12, 2016 at 7:30PM. Purchase your tickets through AXS.com, BSOnow.org, by calling the BSO office at 661-323-7928, or through the Rabobank Box Office.

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Boris Allakhverdyan is the Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio, the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber MScreen+Shot+2014-03-26+at+11.54.37+AMusic Competition.

Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival in Germany and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a winner of Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, Rozanov International Clarinet Competition, Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.

An active educator, Mr. Allakhverdyan served on faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and Interlochen Clarinet Institute in Michigan. He has given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado Music Festival and Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela and Shenzhen International Music Festival in Shenzhen, China. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed throughout the United States and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, City Music Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

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Join us for the 3rd concert of the 2015-2016 season with a performance titled European Journeys where a Guest Conductor, Petko Dimitrov, will be joining the Orchestra. The concert will take place at the Rabobank Theater on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased through AXS.com, the Rabobank box office, or by calling the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

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A native of Bulgaria, Petko Dimitrov is currently Music Director of the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia. He also presently serves as Music Director of Lakeland Youth Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Gemini Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since February 2015, Dimitrov joined the faculty at School of Mahanaim, where he teaches orchestral performance.

In April 2015, Dimitrov had his conducting debut with Jenaer Philharmonie, Germany, followed by immediate invitation to return in March, 2016. Other guest conducting appearances in 2016 include concerts with Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Dimitrov was invited by the Curtis Institute of Music to be Conductor in Residence at the Young Artist Summer Program, which resulted in immediate re-invitation for the 2013 and 2014 Curtis Summerfest.

Previously, Petko Dimitrov has served as Music Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s summer series at Lasdon Park in Katonah, New York. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony, Princeton Symphony and Symphony in C. Mr. Dimitrov had his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, Avery Fisher Hall in 2008 and Alice Tully Hall in 2015. In the spring of 2007 Petko led WCYO on tour in Austria and performed in prestigious concert venues such as Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt and Schlossberg in Graz.

As Assistant Conductor of the Haddonfield Symphony, Dimitrov was awarded a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the 2007-2008 season, which recognizes accomplished young conductors and provides them with a monetary award to further develop their career. Dimitrov has been selected twice among the finalists of the George Solti International Conducting Competition.

Petko Dimitrov made his conducting debut with the New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1998, performing a concert with music by Sir Michael Tippet and Henry Purcell, in collaboration with The British Council. Since 2001 Mr. Dimitrov has been studying and working in the United States. In 2004 he completed his Master’s Degree in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Kiesler. Petko completed his studies with Prof. Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory (2006), John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he pursued a Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestral Conducting.

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“Let it go, Let it go!” Your kids are singing it, you’re singing it, and now the BSO is performing it! For the third and final Young People’s Concert (YPC) of the 2015-2016 season, the BSO will be performing a series of fun songs including Disney’s catchy tune “Let it Go,” from the popular movie Frozen. Come and Frozensing along with your children as the BSO performs one of the most famous songs in Disney’s history. The orchestra will take your children on a unique journey through the world of music as they perform famous classics such as Stravinsky’s Firebird and Manuel De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and then present a medley from the Frozen soundtrack, allowing students to relate symphonic music to the music they know and love. Reservations are required. Contact the BSO office at 661-323-7928 to make your reservation and purchase your tickets today.

Friday February 5, 2016
9:30am AND 11:00am
Rabobank Theater
$3.00 per student/teacher

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