Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) are one way that the BSO gives students from across Kern County an opportunity to be introduced to orchestral music. Our upcoming YPC on January 30 is entitled Musically Speaking: Painting with Music, and boasts a program full of musical stories:

Spring, movement 1 (Vivaldi)

Symphony No. 100, movement 2 (Haydn)

Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov)

Music from Frozen (Christophe Beck)

Tickets are only $3.00 to this event, and while we are out of space for school groups, individuals and families can still purchase tickets. Contact the BSO office (661-323-7928) for more information!

When? Thursday, January 30, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Where? Rabobank Theater

How much? Only $3.00 per person!

Download our pre-concert lesson plans and materials!

Lesson Plan PDF          Lesson Plan DOCX         Instruments PowerPoint





At the upcoming Great Romantics concert on February 1st, the Bakersfield Symphony will be joined by grammy award–winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, who will take us on a musical journey as he performs one of the most exciting and romantic guitar concertos ever written, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. In the second half of the program we will experience the touching and powerful Second Symphony by the brilliant Rachmaninoff.

Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez
Soloist: Jason Vieaux, guitar

Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2

About Jason Vieaux: Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Diego, Buffalo, Auckland Philharmonia, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis Presents, Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92Y, Domaine Forget International Festival, and Carmel Bach Festival, and Ravinia Festival.

He has forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer through performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Performances, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others. Chamber music collaborators include the Escher Quartet; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee, and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, Mark Mancina, and more. Jason recently premiered Visconti’s “Living Language” Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony and recorded Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto live with the Nashville Symphony, released in May 2019 on Naxos.

Vieaux’s latest CD release, Dance (Azica) with the Escher Quartet, includes works by Boccherini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Aaron Jay Kernis. Later this season, he will release a new solo Bach album on Azica. In addition to his Grammy-winning solo release Play, his previous albums include Jeff Beal’s “Six Sixteen” Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS); Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis; a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1; Images of Metheny; and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

Vieaux is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist.

Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd and plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings. For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.

16
April
2019

Join the BSO for the Summer Band concerts at Beale Park on June 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 8pm!

18
October
2018

BSO NEXT started in 2014 as a donor-based endeavor that allows students from all over Kern County to experience live symphonic music. NEXT has benefited thousands of students from local schools and has brought youth and excitement in our audience. This program includes a special pre-concert lecture with our conductor, guest soloists and musicians and a complementary snack at intermission. Recently, we have been able to expand the program to include a hosted dinner and a tour of Bakersfield College or Cal State Bakersfield, all before our concerts. Please click HERE for more information.

12
October
2018

Join us for all your favorite holiday music and celebrate the season with your family and friends! Buy tickets HERE

We open our 2018-2019 season with a splendid Russian program featuring some of the greatest master composers. Our concert begins with a fanfare of the celebratory Festive Overture by Shostakovich. This is followed by Tchaikovsky’s immortal First Piano Concerto played by Daniel Hsu, a brilliant young pianist and prize winner from the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. The program ends with the majestic and humorous Fifth Symphony by Prokofiev.

27
April
2018

Kids Discover Music (KDM), previously know as Inspire the Desire for Music, brings BSO musicians directly into the classroom to allow children to experience a powerful introduction to the world of music. With KDM, students within our community have gained access to a rich musical experience and arts programs they are no longer receiving in school due to budget cuts.

27
April
2018

We open our season with a splendid Russian program featuring some of the greatest master composers. Our concert begins with a fanfare of the celebratory Festive Overture by Shostakovich. This is followed by Tchaikovsky’s immortal First Piano Concerto played by Daniel Hsu, a brilliant young pianist and prize winner from the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. The program ends with the majestic and humorous Fifth Symphony by Prokofiev.

21
March
2018

The Bakersfield Master Chorale, with guest soloist Jamie Chamberlin join the BSO for “Angelic Voices” featuring two of the greatest masterpieces ever written. Poulenc: Gloria Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major

21
March
2018

Called “Spellbinding” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Greek-American soprano Jamie Chamberlin has been recognized for her abilities as a singer and actress. Recently, ArtsInLA hailed her Cunegonde in Long Beach Opera’s Candide as “Jaw-dropping.” Highlights of the 17-18 season include Hazel George in the US Premiere of Philip Glass’s The Perfect American at LBO and Chicago Opera Theater, a role debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Opera Project, and a return to LBO as the Foreign Woman in The Consul opposite Patricia Racette. Additionally she will sing Faustine in Stewart Copeland’s (The Police) new opera The Invention of Morel, and Isolde in Frank Martin’s The Love Potion. This summer, she can be heard at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a featured soloist with The California Philharmonic, alongside her fiancé, tenor Nathan Granner. Jamie garnered national attention when she starred as Marilyn Monroe in the US Premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever at LBO, for which Opera News praised her “shimmering tones” and “star-struck vulnerability”. A champion of new music, Chamberlin’s world-premiere performances include her LA Phil debut in Salonen’s Wing on Wing, Elyn Saks in The Center Cannot Hold with Pacific Opera Project/ UCLA, and Lisa in the Delos Recording of Mark Abel’s Home is a Harbor. Chamberlin’s expressive soprano can also be heard on the Delos recording Terrain of the Heart for which Fanfare Magazine hailed her as “a powerful operatic presence”, and in the Coen Brother’s 2016 film, Hail Caesar!, singing Offenbach’s Barcarolle during the epic water ballet scene. For more information and schedule please visit www.jamiechamberlin.com

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