Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

At the upcoming Great Romantics concert on February 1st, the Bakersfield Symphony will be joined by grammy award–winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, who will take us on a musical journey as he performs one of the most exciting and romantic guitar concertos ever written, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. In the second half of the program we will experience the touching and powerful Second Symphony by the brilliant Rachmaninoff.

Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez
Soloist: Jason Vieaux, guitar

Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2

About Jason Vieaux: Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Diego, Buffalo, Auckland Philharmonia, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis Presents, Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92Y, Domaine Forget International Festival, and Carmel Bach Festival, and Ravinia Festival.

He has forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer through performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Performances, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others. Chamber music collaborators include the Escher Quartet; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee, and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, Mark Mancina, and more. Jason recently premiered Visconti’s “Living Language” Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony and recorded Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto live with the Nashville Symphony, released in May 2019 on Naxos.

Vieaux’s latest CD release, Dance (Azica) with the Escher Quartet, includes works by Boccherini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Aaron Jay Kernis. Later this season, he will release a new solo Bach album on Azica. In addition to his Grammy-winning solo release Play, his previous albums include Jeff Beal’s “Six Sixteen” Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS); Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, on Ginastera: One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis; a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1; Images of Metheny; and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

Vieaux is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist.

Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd and plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings. For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.

16
April
2019

Join the BSO for the Summer Band concerts at Beale Park on June 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 8pm!

31
January
2018

The BSO string quartet brought in some classical favorites to the patients and employess of Dignity Health Southwest.

12
January
2018

Another splendid performance by our musicians, Josh Estrada and Alex Navarro at Dignity Health Southwest Bakersfield through our Health and Healing program.

20
October
2017

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has an exciting Young People’s Concert series (YPC’s) hosted at the Rabobank Theater. Elementary students, secondary students, and teachers from across Kern County have enjoyed our YPC’s for more than thirty years. Through our partnerships with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and the Bakersfield City School District we have inspired young people to have a lifetime love for music. The BSO performs three themed concerts each season which are specifically designed for young audiences and meet scholastic standards set by the State of California. These concerts are a perfect way to entertain and educate students at the same time, making learning fun! Call 661-323-7928 to make your reservations!

12
April
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

With the recent departure of BSO’s President & CEO Bryan Burrow, former Business Operations Manager, Kari Heilman has been promoted to Interim Executive Director. For the last four years Kari has helped build the foundation that grew the BSO’s audiences, community outreach, and educational programs. Kari, the BSO staff, and board are excited to announce the newest addition to the team, Gayle Tape who is the Director of Marketing & Development. Gayle has been the Membership Director at Seven Oaks Country Club for the past twelve years, where her focus was primarily on Sales & Marketing. Previously she was the District Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, so she is no new comer to the non-profit world. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and attended Pasadena City College & Cal State Fullerton, majoring in Communications. Thirty five years ago Gayle started her own production company where she coordinated special events and mall productions. Her passion for music, dance, pageantry, sports and youth programs has positioned her to be very active in leadership roles. She and her husband Bill have lived in Bakersfield since 1992, when they were relocated here from Ventura County. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Gayle is excited about promoting the Bakersfield Symphony and looks forward to her new journey of sharing the wonderful world of music with our community. To get more information or to set up an appointment to meet with Gayle, call her at (661)432-7044. The BSO thrives on local support and involvement. Different ways to get involved are donating, attending a concert, volunteering, etc. For more information on the BSO please visit our website at BSOnow.org.  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is proud to present our 2nd annual Christmas concert, Home for the Holidays! Be entertained by the magic of holiday music featuring the Bakersfield College Choir and Monty Byrom. Create new memories with your friends and family on Saturday, December 17th at the Fox Theater, brought to you by San Joaquin Community Hospital. MUSIC O come, O come, Emmanuel- Orchestra & Chorus arr. John Rutter Hark! The Herald Angels Sing- Orchestra & Chorus FELIX MENDELSSOHN arr. Mack Wilberg Christmas Concerto (excerpt)- Orchestra ARCANGELO CORELLI Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Chamber Singers RALPH BLAINE arr. Molly Ijames It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Orchestra & Chorus Soloist: Monty Byrom POLA & WYLE Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy- Orchestra & Chorus Soloist: Monty Byrom FRASER, GROSSMAN, & KOHAN arr. Sam Shoup Christmas Festival- Orchestra LEROY ANDERSON A Christmas Medley- Orchestra & Chorus JAMES RICHENS Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas –Orchestra & Chorus JOHN WILLIAMS Twas the Night Before Christmas- Orchestra & Chorus KEN DARBY arr. Harry Simone White Christmas- Orchestra & Chorus Soloist: Monty Byrom IRVING BERLIN Sleighride- Orchestra LEROY ANDERSON Waltz of Snowflakes- Orchestra & Chorus PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY  Klezmer Nutcracker- Orchestra SAM SHOUP Joy to the World- Orchestra & Chorus GEORGE HANDEL

We want to THANK all those who helped make this concert a success!

Many have long awaited the combination of Mariachi and Symphony music…it was everything people anticipated! We hope to make have culturally enriched concerts every year which showcases the diversity we have in our communities. A huge thank you to the sponsors who make this concert possible… Telemundo La Preciosa Univision Kern Medical Don C. and Diane S. Lake Family

BUY TICKETS NOW! Never before in Bakersfield’s history…the BSO coming to stage with music from Mexico. This concert will highlight local Mariachi group San Marcos. The BSO continues to open its doors to a broader community as it starts its Pops concerts with music to highlight our wonderful culture of Mexico. Join us in this first ever concert with Sounds from Mexico. Date: Saturday October 15th Time: 7pm Place: Fox Theater Tickets: starting at $20 Purchase: Buy Tickets Pops Concerts Coming Soon December 17th Home for the Holidays (Fox Theater) April 1st Movie Music (Fox Theater)

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