Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

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


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


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


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!


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

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  

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)


Calling all musicians who would like to audition for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra on August 23. For more information, please call the office at 661-323-7928.   BAKERSFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS Tuesday, August 23 OPENINGS FOR: Principal Viola 2nd Chair Viola 2nd Clarinet All strings For an Audition Packet and appointment call 661-323-7928

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