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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.

Acclaimed and increasingly in demand. Rebecca Miller, a guest conductor candidate, is set to lead the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rabobank Theater located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. Orchestral works to be featured include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. The evening will include a choral performance by Bakersfield Master Chorale.

First prize winner in the Fourth Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Miller is currently music director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra and director of orchestras at the Royal Holloway University of London.

Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. “The performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was the best of the lot,” reported Steve Crowther with the York Press (UK).For example, the pacing of the first movement was near perfection, so intelligent and dramatically fulfilling. This is a superb orchestra with an exceptional director, Rebecca Miller.”Rebecca Miller1

Her music making and command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.

Miller’s 2014 guest engagements included debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In March 2014 she made her Royal Festival Hall debut in a world premiere of Neil Hannon’s new work for organ, choir and orchestra, “To our Fathers, in Distress,” with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VoiceLab. In July 2014 she made her debuts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Ryedale Festival and at the BBC Proms.

Miller has guest conducted throughout Mexico including several performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in the Palacio Bellas Artes and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes. She also has appeared with the Santa Cruz Symphony in California and is one of the few regular guest conductors of the Southbank Sinfonia in London. In 2012, she made her debut with the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. It is Venezuela’s premier youth orchestra and younger sibling of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

RebeccaMillerPicShe has served as resident conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she was artistic director of her own series, “Casual Classics.” She was also a conducting fellow of The Houston Symphony, leading more than 70 concerts in two years, including her debut of the symphony’s classical subscription series, sharing the podium with Hans Graf.

Miller has multiple recordings coming out this year including a recently released CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has released two commercial CDs. Her 2011 work for Signum Records features the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ dramatic work, “Goblin Market.” The recording was critically acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine and Fanfare Magazine. It received several awards including an IRR Outstanding Recording by International Record Review and was chosen as one of Musicweb International’s Recordings of the Year for 2011.

The conductor’s TV credits include being a guest on BBC Two’s “Proms Extra” and conducting the Southbank Sinfonia on Channel 4’s “Don’t Stop the Music.” She has appeared on TV and radio throughout the United States, Mexico and Israel.

In 1999, Miller founded London-based The New Professionals Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of some of London’s foremost classical musicians. As artistic director, she led The New Professionals in guest performances at London’s South Bank Centre, the BAC Battersea Opera Festival and at various music societies and festivals around the U.K. The orchestra’s debut CD, “Lou Harrison: For Strings,” was released by Mode Records in 2004. It featured the world premiere recording of Harrison’s Pipa Concerto played by Wu Man, and the first complete recording on CD of Harrison’s “Suite for Symphonic Strings.” The recording was featured on the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film “Shutter Island.”

Born in California, Miller completed her studies in piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She studied conducting at Northwestern University and at the Aspen Music Festival and was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting for two years at London’s Royal College of Music.

Tickets from $20. To purchase tickets, log onto Ticketmaster.com or call (661) 323-7928. For additional information on Miller, log onto www.rebeccamiller.net

Equally at home with both orchestral and vocal genres, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, and operatic productions in the US and Canada. Guest conducting appearances have led her to the American Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Mobile Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Stamford Symphony. Aside from maintaining an active schedule with professional orchestras, Cheung often appears as conductor for All State/County Orchestra Festivals, and has been a clinician for Lincoln Center’s “Meet The Artist” program since 2007.

cheung2.3The 2010-2011 season marks Cheung’s third season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, as well as the Resident Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City. Since 2004 she has been the Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape, serving as Rehearsal Conductor for their opera and concert productions. Some of the most outstanding examples of her work include the 2010’s highly acclaimed US premiere of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, the first US fully-staged production of Robert Schumann’s Genoveva in 2006, and the 2004 production of Mark Blitzstein’s Regina. Cheung was recently appointed conductor for the Bard College Orchestra in New York.

Cheung is a strong advocate of music education for all ages. Her passion for community outreach is evident with her lectures, collaborative projects, and creative concert programming. Since the beginning of her tenure with the Altoona Symphony, Cheung has created numerous programs that engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. In April 2010, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra performed its first Side-by-Side concert in its 82 year history with Gustav Holst’s The Planets, partnering with the Juniata College Orchestra. The Altoona Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its closing concert this season featuring the Penn State University Percussion Ensemble in Silvestre Revueltas’ La Noche de los Mayas.cheung1.3

Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Amongst her many initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. A native of Hong Kong, Cheung earned her MM in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is a recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.

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

 

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