Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
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

11
January
2018

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!

20
October
2017

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 gabe@bsonow.org

18
October
2016

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.

31
August
2016

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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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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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.

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the selection of Stilian Kirov as its new music director and conductor. The decision follows an exhaustive two-year process, 160 applications and six guest conductors featured in concerts during the 2014-2015 season.

“This was a collective effort by the BSO musicians, board members and our community,” said BSO President and CEO Bryan Burrow. “The community showed strong support for this process as we experienced higher attendance not seen in decades.”

Kirov will officially assume his role Wednesday, July 1. The 31-year-old Bulgarian-born conductor was most recently the associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony and was named music director of New Jersey’s prestigious Symphony in C earlier this year.

“The BSO concerts have created a lot of excitement this season and frankly surprised many in our community on how incredible the concert experience can be,” Burrow added. “We believe that Mr. Kirov will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to Bakersfield.”

Kirov echoed Burrow’s sentiment, “I am thrilled to be joining the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and leading this outstanding organization to a very exciting new chapter,” he said. “It is a true joy to have the opportunity to make music with the orchestra’s brilliant musicians, working with Bryan Burrow and the whole BSO family to bringing joy and excitement through some outstanding music in Bakersfield.”

Kirov’s work is extensive and includes guest engagements with the Amarillo Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the New World Symphony in Miami.

Worldwide he has appeared with the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra in Ukraine, Orchestre Colonne in Paris and the Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg.

Kirov’s numerous awards and prizes include an Emmy for the “Memphis Symphony Soundtrack Project,” the Orchestra Preference Award, as well as The Juilliard School’s Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and the Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement.

He is a graduate of The Juilliard School in orchestral conducting, where he was a student of James DePreist. In 2012, he studied at the Aspen Academy of Conducting, and in 2013, was one of two conducting fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Kirov holds a master’s degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

Also a gifted pianist, Kirov is the Gold Medalist of the 2001 Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris.

The conductor search officially began in mid-2013 after the announcement of John Farrer’s departure, who was with the BSO for nearly 40 years. A committee of 11 people, including five orchestra members, four board members and two community members launched the search.

Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia has been hailed as a conductor who conducts with “vigor” and “commitment” (Charlotte Observer) and for bringing a“fresh vi ew to classical music” (The Republic). He began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the
Charlotte Symphony in September 2013 and he is in his third and final season as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Kalia will guest conduct the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as guest cover
conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony.
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As Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, Mr. Kalia conducts a variety of performances
including Family, Education, Outreach and Parks concerts. Covering almost every subscription
concert, he has assisted Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and many visiting artists
including Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Hough. In February 2015 he will make his debut on the
innovative Knight Sounds series as well as his Pops series debut with the Noel Friedline Trio. Mr.
Kalia frequently collaborates with the Charlotte Ballet, including more than a dozen performances of
The Nutcracker every December, and is an ardent proponent of collaborations with dancers, visual
artists, and the use of technology to enhance the concert experience. He regularly leads pre-concert
conversations and has been featured on Charlotte’s WBTV.

As a recipient of the BMI/Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship and YMF Conducting Grant,
Mr. Kalia has led the Debut Orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by
leading video game composers. Winner of YMF’s 2012 National Conductor Search, he follows in
the footsteps of such illustrious conductors as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Andre Previn, and Myung
Whun Chung. Highlights from his first two seasons include three world premieres, collaborations
with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of
Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, a unique concert titled “Gamer Jams: Music Behind the Screen” featuring music by
leading video game composers at the Ford Theater, and the orchestra’s debut performance at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels “Virgin of Guadalupe” Celebration, which was televised and
streamed worldwide.

RKailia Web3As co-founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, Mr. Kalia conducts the Lake
George Festival Orchestra and chamber ensembles every summer in upstate New York. The first
classical music festival of its kind in Lake George, the orchestra brings together young professionals
and current students from many prestigious institutions including the Czech Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Kansas
City, New World, Dallas, Boise, Detroit, San Antonio, and the premier conservatories in the nation
including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. The
orchestra has been featured on a variety of radio programs including NPR’s Performance Today with
Fred Child. For the upcoming season, Mr. Kalia has designed a Family Concert series as well as a
Late Night Concert series for young professionals.

Mr. Kalia has been invited to some of the most distinguished music festivals and competitions
around the world including fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conducting, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the St. Magnus Festival in Scotland. In 2011 he won Second Prize at the Memphis Symphony International Conducting Competition, which
led to his debut with the orchestra the following season. That same year David Zinman invited him to work with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele. In 2013, Mr. Kalia participated in the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at
the Manhattan School of Music and was also invited to serve as a guest cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony.

Mr. Kalia has worked with orchestras across North America and Europe including the Fort WorthRKalia Web2
Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Sofia, Chelsea
Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra de Cadaques, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philarhmonic Orchestra,
among others. He has also served on jury panels for prestigious competitions including the 2013
Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the 2014 Rosen-Schaffel Competition at
Appalachian State University.

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Kalia has commissioned and programmed
more than 100 works by some of America’s brightest and innovative composers including Mason
Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Paul Chihara, among others. With
the Debut Orchestra, he has worked closely with acclaimed film and television composers such as
John Williams, Ed Shearmur, Michael Levine, Alex Wurman, Greg Edmonson, and Austin Wintory.
He recently commissioned a work by composer Paul Dooley with the Debut Orchestra, which was
aided by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. At the 2013 Lake George Music
Festival, he led the world premiere of Brenden Faegre’s The Brightness of Light, in honor of Georgia
O’Keefe’s legacy in Lake George. He also helped create and conducted on the “Double Exposure”
series at Indiana University, which was a unique collaboration between composers and film students
where live music is performed to silent films. Of his conducting at the 2009 St. Magnus Festival with the Psappha New Music Ensemble, “Lewis used complex groupings and cross rhythms that propelled the players through the piece—fortunately Kalia was masterful in allowing it freedom but
keeping it under control” (St. Magnus Festival Blog).

A native of New York, Mr. Kalia completed his work as a Doctoral Conducting Fellow at Indiana University, where he was an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz
Anton Krager, and he has undertaken additional studies with Franz Welser-Moest, David Zinman, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachleff.

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