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


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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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

Buy Tickets   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 Ticket prices are: $30, $40, $50, and $60 depending on seat selection. Tickets can be purchased at 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.

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