Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

The BSO has invited Tomasz Golka to conduct the February 14th concert at Rabobank Theater. Mr. Golka is the third of six candidates vying to become Bakersfield’s next conductor. The February concert is our opera style concert utilizing very talented artists from the Los Angeles area. This high-powered concert will invigorate the community as it unfolds highlights from “The Barber of Seville”. You can listen to clips of the music by clicking here.

More on Tomasz Golka…

Since winning 1st Prize at the 2003 Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, conductor and composer Tomasz Golka has appeared with orchestras in North and South America and Europe to great critical acclaim.

Since May 2014 Golka is Chief Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia (Colombian National Symphony) in Bogotá.

Additionally, after serving as Music Director from 2010 to 2014, he currently holds the title of Principal Conductor of Riverside County Philharmonic, an extraordinary, virtuoso orchestra made up of the best freelance musicians from the Los Angeles area.

_DSC35011He has served as Cover Conductor for Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

In the 2014-15 Season Golka returns to the California Symphony and will also guest conduct the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony, and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río. He also returns in the 2015-16 season to the Suffolk County Festival Orchestra.

Recent guest conducting appearances include Warsaw Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and Fort Worth Symphony.

He has toured Mexico several times, appearing with virtually all of the country’s top orchestras, including those of UNAM, Xalapa, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Yucatán. In the United States, Golka has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Louisville, Buffalo, Charleston, Florida West Coast, and Spoleto Festival USA. He made his European debut conducting Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw’s National Symphony Hall in 2004.

Golka has appeared with a number of world-class soloists, including Susan Graham, Alisa Weilerstein, Gary Hoffman, Inon Barnatan, Miriam Fried, Yuval Yaron, and his pianist-brother Adam Golka, with whom he most recently performed all five Piano Concerti of Beethoven in two sold-out evenings.

In addition to his career as a conductor, Golka is himself an accomplished composer. His most recent composition for violin and orchestra, entitled “The Transit of Venus”, received its world premiere in October 2014 by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bohuslav Rattay with Richard Biaggini as soloist. Additionally, he has himself conducted some of his own orchestral works with California Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Williamsport Symphony, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra.

Formerly Music Director of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2012, Golka presided over a period in that orchestra’s history acknowledged as one consisting of the highest musical standards, fiscal prosperity, and great ticket sales. During his tenure with the Lubbock Symphony, the orchestra added an additional sixth weekend of concerts to their previous five-concert Classical subscription series and a new chamber music series, on which he appeared as conductor and violinist. He also created the position of Composer-in-residence, which saw two world-class composers, Shafer Mahoney and Jude Vaclavik, spend a year each collaborating with the Lubbock Symphony, giving lectures, teaching Texas Tech University students, spending time in the community talking about what it means to be a composer, and presiding over the world premieres of several of each of their works that were commissioned by the thumb__DSC38061Lubbock Symphony.

Golka has been hailed for his creative programming and his unique and bold juxtapositions of the familiar with the unfamiliar. During his time in Lubbock, the orchestra gave seven world premieres, the American premiere of Mieczysław Karłowicz’s 1909 tone poem A Sorrowful Tale, and performed numerous less familiar masterpieces by Lutosławski, Dutilleux, Ligeti, and even Prokofiev (his Second Symphony) as well as several symphonies of Bruckner (performances of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony yielded the highest ticket sales in the orchestra’s history!). As Chief Conductor in Bogotá, he gave the Colombian Premiere of Thomas Adès’s “Asyla”.

Golka has a particular affinity for the works of Bohuslav Martinu, and he frequently programs music by this unjustly neglected composer. The 2014-15 season included Golka conducting Martinu’s 2nd, 4th, and 6th Symphonies, his Overture for orchestra, and his orchestral scherzo Thunderbolt P-47.

Passionate about building new audiences, Golka designed and conducted all of the Lubbock Symphony’s highly-acclaimed Educational Concerts, exposing thousands of youngsters, from fifth to twelfth grade, to orchestral music. Golka is an eloquent speaker and is frequently invited to speak to various community groups about music. His pre-concert lectures are very well attended, and Golka additionally makes a point to always speak from the stage during concerts about the works which are being performed. “I never liked the atmosphere in concerts, where performers just assume that the audience knows everything about a piece simply because it’s famous. Having spent my whole life making music and reading and researching about it, I find new information and new perspectives all the time about works I’ve known my entire life, and I love sharing those with listeners. To me, it’s what brings the music to life and what makes it possible to connect with the audience, and, most importantly, for them to connect with the music”, says Golka.

thumb_golka04Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1975, Golka’s family emigrated to Mexico in 1980 and to the United States in 1982. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is fluent in Polish, English, and Spanish. Golka studied conducting with David Effron at Indiana University and Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin from Rice University. His violin teachers were Sergiu Luca, Kenneth Goldsmith, Marina Yashvili, and Tadeusz Wroński.

As a conducting fellow at the 2006 Tanglewood Music Festival, he worked with James Levine, shared the podium with Bernard Haitink, and conducted a historic performance of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with legendary composers Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, and John Harbison as narrators.

As an operatic conductor, his recent credits include La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, as well as Madama Butterfly, which he conducted on tour throughout Chile.

Other past positions held by Golka include Music Director of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (2008-10), Music Director of the Ball State University Symphony Orchestra (2003-04), and, as violinist, Concertmaster of Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (1999-2000).

He was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in 2002 and has conducted in Master Classes for such distinguished conductors as Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman.thumb_golka08

10
November
2014

The BSO and the Civic Dance Center celebrate the 37th anniversary of their collaboration in presenting the ultimate tale for the holiday season, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. For youngsters and the young at heart, the scenic favorites are all there, with live orchestral music to make your holiday season complete! Here are some of the details for the December concerts:

Saturday December 13th 1:00pm
Saturday December 13th 7:30pm
Sunday December 14th 1:00pm

 

Ticket Prices
ORCHESTRA LEVEL CENTER SECTIONS –
$35 Adults l $18 Students l $10 Children Under 6

ORCHESTRA LEVEL RIGHT/LEFT SIDES AND FRONT OF TERRACE SECTIONS –
$30 Adults l $15 Students l $10 Children Under 6

TERRACE LEVEL RIGHT/LEFT SIDES AND BACK OF TERRACE SECTIONS –
$25 Adults l $13 Students l $10 Children Under 6

BALCONY –
$20 Adults l $10 Students l $10 Children Under 6

You can purchase tickets at Rabobank box office, Ticketmaster.com or the BSO office.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO VIEW THE NUTCRACKER PROGRAM.

4
July
2014

Season Tickets are available for the 2014-2015 season. This will be an exciting season where each one of our concerts will have one of our top six conductor candidates, world class soloists, and our incredible local musicians. We are asking for feedback after each concert to help choose who will be the next conductor.

You can purchase tickets by calling the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

 

Season Ticket Form 2014-2015

 

 

27
April
2014

In completion of yet another stellar year, the BSO has its final season concert on Saturday May 10th at 7:30pm. This is a special evening because it is Maestro John Farrer’s final season concert after 39 years here in Bakersfield. A reception is planned directly following the concert with all welcomed to stay and show appreciation to John for his years of dedication to the BSO.

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has completed another successful year of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with attendance higher than last year. There were 4,275 people who enjoyed the 36th annual BSO Nutcracker which has become a Bakersfield tradition. A special thanks to the Civic Dance Center and all their dancers for the hard work and dedication to this program. Here are a few photos that brought this program to life.

Photographer: Felix Adamo 

29
October
2013

We are nearing the 36th year of performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. This show has been a Bakersfield favorite requiring four shows each year. Nutcracker 2013 will be held on Friday night December 13th, two shows on December 14th, and final show on Sunday December 14th. The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center are pleased to bring another year of fantastic dancing and wonder music as we unfold the story first performed in 1892. Here are some of the details for the December concerts:

Friday December 13th 7:30pm
Saturday December 14th 1:00pm
Saturday December 14th 7:30pm
Sunday December 15th 1:00pm

Tickets will be on sale November 20th for $34 or $38 per ticket. You can purchase tickets at Rabobank box office or the BSO office.

You can now listen to a few samples of what the orchestra will perform on October 5th, 2013. Plus you can view the concert program, along with the program notes, to ready yourself for an exciting evening. View the full post for a link to the audio clips.

New concert times are at 7:30pm held at the Rabobank Theater.

 

Preview samples for the October 5th Performance

 

1
August
2013

BAKERSFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is holding auditions on SEPTEMBER 16th.

Musicians: Your passion and love for music will reach and inspire a whole new generation to appreciate music. The BSO has inspired audiences since 1932. As we continue with our mission to provide great concerts and music education to the young people of Kern County, we are holding auditions to join our family of musicians. Auditions will be held for trombone and all strings on Monday, September 16th. Times will be scheduled based on appointments which can be made by calling the BSO office at 661-323-7928. Music for the audition can be picked up at the BSO office.

PLEASE share this with anyone you think might be interested in auditioning for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.

DETAILS:
Who: Trombone and All String Musicians
What: Auditions for the BSO
When: Monday September 16th
Time: By Appointment

Exciting changes have been undertaken by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as M. Bryan Burrow facilitates a re-branding of the BSO. This 80 year old organization has a wonderful and very talented orchestra. Many of its members have been part of this orchestra for decades. Unlike many symphony’s across the United States, the BSO has stood the test of time through very difficult economic times. With generous supporters, Mr. Burrow is adding programs back into its lineup to better serve this community. “We are continuing to live our mission of great performances and music education to the youth in our community”, said Mr. Burrow. The BSO is looking at the way it does business as well as how all of its programs are facilitated. Excellence is top of mind and top of priority in all it does.

Many of its changes will affect audience sizes, concert experience, community outreach, and expansion of its youth programs. Here are a few changes so far…

1. Lower ticket prices for the 2013-2014 Season
2. Revamped and improved Conductor’s Circle
3. New logo, new website, and new commercials
4. Focus on having our musicians hired for community events
5. Improved business operations
6. Volunteer Opportunities

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