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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSO NEXT participant, Mikayla, reflects on her experience at the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s October Concert.