Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

We want to THANK all those who helped make this concert a success!

Many have long awaited the combination of Mariachi and Symphony music…it was everything people anticipated! We hope to make have culturally enriched concerts every year which showcases the diversity we have in our communities.

A huge thank you to the sponsors who make this concert possible…

La Preciosa
Kern Medical
Don C. and Diane S. Lake Family


An interactive program which explores all sections of the orchestra. Demonstrations will be given by the musicians and the conductor to exhibit the sounds of each instrument as well as describe how these sounds are produced. After presenting all different sections of the orchestra, they will perform using John Williams’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite.

Date: November 4th, 2016
Times: 9:30am and 11:00am
Place: Rabobank Theater
Cost: $3.00 per person
Reservations: Call 661-323-7928


Our second season concert of 2016-2017 explodes with this intriguing display of music by the talented BSO musicians. This program is a great opportunity to experience some well-known fairy tales painted with music.

For music and additional information: CLICK HERE


BSO’s 2016-2017 season opening concert will begin with a world class pianist in Tomoki Sakata from Japan. Building on our relationship with the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, we have yet another talented finalist from the 2013 competition which occurs every four years. Bakersfield will be the first stop of Tomokis USA tour.

From Paris to the Countryside
Date: October 8th 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Rabobank Theater
Tickets: Start at $20 ***Buy Tickets Now***
Season Tickets available through October 7th.
Pre-Concert Lecture: 6:30pm

Information on the masterclass with Tomoki Sakata.


We are privileged to have Japan’s Tomoki Sakata host a Master Class for pianists on October 6th at 4:30pm. We will have four individuals spend up to 25 minutes with Mr. Sakata providing individualized instruction. This is a great opportunity! To apply for one of these four positions, please fill out the application below along with a YouTube link of a 15 minute clip performing a piece which would be used the day of the Master Class. We have four judges who will choose the fortunate individuals to join us on stage. The Master Class will be open for all people to attend the class in the audience. To learn more about Tomoki Sakata, click here. Here are further details:

What: Tomoki Sakata Master Class
Date: Thursday October 6th
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Place: Bakersfield College Simonsen Center Small Auditorium
Fee: $50 (only if you are one of the four participants)
YouTube Video Due: Thursday September 15th 11pm
Questions: Call 661-323-7928

Master Class Application

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BUY TICKETS NOW! Never before in Bakersfield’s history…the BSO coming to stage with music from Mexico. This concert will highlight local Mariachi group San Marcos. The BSO continues to open its doors to a broader community as it starts its Pops concerts with music to highlight our wonderful culture of Mexico. Join us in this first ever concert with Sounds from Mexico.

Date: Saturday October 15th
Time: 7pm
Place: Fox Theater
Tickets: starting at $20
Purchase: Buy Tickets

Pops Concerts Coming Soon

December 17th Home for the Holidays (Fox Theater)
April 1st Movie Music (Fox Theater)


Calling all musicians who would like to audition for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra on August 23. For more information, please call the office at 661-323-7928.


Tuesday, August 23

Principal Viola
2nd Chair Viola
2nd Clarinet
All strings

For an Audition Packet and appointment call 661-323-7928


Peter and the Wolf is the theme for our next Young People’s Concert (YPC) on October 7th 2016. The world renown Magic Circle Mime Company will join the BSO for this most enjoyable and educational experience for the students of Kern County. Last year students and teachers alike were captivated by the experience…and now they are returning. The YPCs are a 45 minute program for the students who are brought in by the different schools as an introduction to not only the orchestra but also the vast world opened to the children. This program helps fulfill requirements outlined in Common Core. Call the BSO office for your reservation.

Who: Children of Kern County (typically up to 6th grade)
Date: October 7, 2016
Time: 9:30am and 11am
Place: Rabobank Theater
Price: $3.50 per student or teacher
Reservations: 661-323-7928


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.


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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