Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

The Bakersfield Symphony is working to be a support to our community in this time of need by creating materials that music teachers can use as they try to navigate the world of distance learning that school closures have necessitated.

Kendra Green, our Director of Education Engagement and former Panama-Buena Vista Union School District music teacher, is busy gathering resources and creating content for our local music teachers and music students to utilize. Check our distance learning page to see an updated list of currently available materials, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to get updates when new material is created.

The Bakersfield Symphony Gala this year will be held under the stars at CSUB’s outdoor amphitheater on Thursday, May 28th. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Preparations are under way, and the program is shaping up to be one that will delight and inspire. Join us for an evening of good food, good friends, and good music!

For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call the BSO Office at 661-323-7928.

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!

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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.


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


Join us for our annual Gala Friday, March 16th at the Rabobank Theater . Come enjoy a night out for dinner featuring Bakersfield’s finest restaurants, live entertainment and a chance to win a Lexus Lease! Hope to see you all there!


Our Health & Healing outreach program launched a new season of performances at Dignity Health Hospitals. It’s so uplifting to see our BSO musicians serving others. The BSO musicians will be playing every Tuesday from 6:00pm-7:30pm at a different Dignity Health Hospital in town. For more information about the program contact the BSO office at 661-323-7928 or email


It is undeniably true that schools throughout our community depend on the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for music programs to fill gaps in the current system. Bring the full experience of The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra to local students with a program designed to integrate musical concepts and activities into existing classroom curriculum. 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 schools due to budget cuts.


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

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