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Join us for the 5th concert of BSO’s 84th season as we give tribute to our Veterans. Intriguing war photography by Multimedia Artist, Nicholas Bardonnay from Westwater Arts will be displayed as the orchestra sounds off tribute to those who protect our great country. There will be a 20% discount given to veterans, along with their families, with a valid military ID.

For the fourth concert of the 84th season, Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan, will join the BSO. This concert will be held at the Rabobank Theater on March 12, 2016 at 7:30PM. Purchase your tickets through,, by calling the BSO office at 661-323-7928, or through the Rabobank Box Office.

Boris Allakhverdyan
Boris Allakhverdyan is the Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the Prima Trio, the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal winner of the prestigious 2007 Fischoff National Chamber MScreen+Shot+2014-03-26+at+11.54.37+AMusic Competition.

Allakhverdyan has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival in Germany and the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy. Mr. Allakhverdyan is a winner of Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, Rozanov International Clarinet Competition, Hellam Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.

An active educator, Mr. Allakhverdyan served on faculty at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and Interlochen Clarinet Institute in Michigan. He has given master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Oregon University, University Missouri-Kansas City, Colorado Music Festival and Latin American Clarinet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela and Shenzhen International Music Festival in Shenzhen, China. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed throughout the United States and Europe on such series as Chicago Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, the Dayton Art Institute, City Music Columbus, Da Camera Society, Fontana Chamber Arts and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.

“Let it go, Let it go!” Your kids are singing it, you’re singing it, and now the BSO is performing it! For the third and final Young People’s Concert (YPC) of the 2015-2016 season, the BSO will be performing a series of fun songs including Disney’s catchy tune “Let it Go,” from the popular movie Frozen. Come and Frozensing along with your children as the BSO performs one of the most famous songs in Disney’s history. The orchestra will take your children on a unique journey through the world of music as they perform famous classics such as Stravinsky’s Firebird and Manuel De Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and then present a medley from the Frozen soundtrack, allowing students to relate symphonic music to the music they know and love. Reservations are required. Contact the BSO office at 661-323-7928 to make your reservation and purchase your tickets today.

Friday February 5, 2016
9:30am AND 11:00am
Rabobank Theater
$3.00 per student/teacher

In October, The Magic Circle Mime Company joined the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for a one of a kind performance at BSO’s first Young People’s Concert (YPC) of the season. Together they performed, “The Listener: A Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra,” which brilliantly interwove classical music with two crazy mimes to create a unique and interactive concert experience that not only entertained, but also educated young students.IMG_8743

This YPC taught children from local schools about the relationship between an orchestra and its audience and how to listen with imagination during a concert. Laughter filled the concert hall as a bugle playing mime tried to conduct the BSO and while Principal Trumpeter, Michael Raney, battled the mime in a show off on who could play their instrument better than the other.

“Not only were students expressing their appreciation by laughter and applause, but they were bobbing their heads and moving their bodies along with the music” – Cynthia Woollacott Smizer

Not only did the children enjoy this performance, BSO musicians and the Music Director, Stilian Kirov, were ecstatic about being able to do something very different from what they are used to. This is the first time the BSO has had an interactive YPC, where performers are on stage other than themselves. This performance made way for a new YPC future that will make a greater impact on local children. They truly had fun with this performance and enjoyed the time they were able to spend with these students.

“Stilian’s youth was a plus as well, as he plied along with the mimes and enthusiastically addressed the students and led the orchestra. Although the target audience is elementary school students (performances are at 9:30 and 11 on school days), I had a great time and think anyone of any age would too” -Cynthia Woollacott Smizer

There are two more YPC’s for this season: Meet the Orchestra on Thursday, November 12, 2015 and Musical Natures on Friday, February 5, 2016 featuriong music from Disney’s Frozen. Each of these performances will have two show times with the first beginning at 9:30 and the second at 11:00 at the Rabobank Theater. For more information visit the Young People’s Concert page here.


The BSO will have its fall auditions on August Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.

Have you or someone you know dreamed about performing with a professional orchestra? This is one of the most exciting times to be performing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Be a part of this wonderful family of musicians as we make history this season. Details are as follows:

* Held Friday August 21st at 7:30pm Thompson Jr. High
* Call office for audition package (661-323-7928)
* Deadline to sign up and receive audition packet, Friday, July 31, 2015

* Held both Thursday August 20th and Friday August 21st
* First round blind auditions
* By appointment only, call BSO office at 661-323-7928
* Deadline to sign up and receive audition packet, Friday, July 31, 2015
* Second round auditions on Friday by invitation only, which will include verbal interview and quartet performance.

For questions, please call the BSO office at 661-323-7928.


Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that he is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world culminating with the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles, also known as the most prestigious guitar contest which earned him tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-2009 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

imagesMr. Dylla’s recent tour highlights included his Carnegie Hall debut during a two-month tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts and opening concert of the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival. Apart from his guest performances at virtually every major North American guitar festival, in Europe, he returned to Konzerthaus in Vienna and he has been regularly invited to appear at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition where he’s a beloved regular.

Mr. Dylla’s orchestral engagements included subscription concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming performing two concerti (Ponce’s Concierto del Sur and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) on two consecutive nights, in addition to recitals throughout Europe every year. This season he will perform as soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra during their new music director search.

Furthermore, he has appeared as soloist with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy) and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany) under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, Alexander Rahbari and Mariusz Smolij.
In 2006, Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter of the legendary Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, chose Mr. Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 2002, at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria, he was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player.

Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow, Poland in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Music Academy in Kraków and Katowice.

Joining the Bakersfield Symphony for the April concert is the Bakersfield Master Chorale. There is a long standing relationship between these two groups with a variety of opportunities to share the stage. The BSO is pleased to have BMC once again participate in this wonderful concert showcasing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The Bakersfield Master Chorale is a choral society of adult voices directed by Dr. Robert Provencio and affiliated with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. During its concert season, the Chorale seeks to enrich community musical awareness by presenting performances of major choral literature, secular and sacred, from all musical eras.

Bakersfield Masterworks ChoraleThe Chorale is a non-profit educational organization, and is Bakersfield’s only mixed adult choral group governed locally by a board of directors operating under a constitution and by-laws.

The Chorale performs Handel’s Messiah each Christmas. It has also recorded several albums, audio tapes and CD’s. The Chorale has completed five European tours. The most recent tour was this past June, when the Chorale toured Italy. They performed in a Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In addition, they performed a concert in Florence and in Rome and were granted permission to sing in the Pantheon in Rome. No donor contributions were used to underwrite the tour. It was entirely self-supported by Chorale members.

Chorale singers and board members represent a broad cross-section of the community, ranging in age from college students to retired adults. Membership ranges from 75 to 100 or more singers. Chorale members’ occupations include such diverse fields as education, medicine, agriculture, service industries, legal, oil and homemaking.


Violinist Elena Urioste and Violist Juan Miguel Hernandez will join the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for the March 14th concert. The duet have performed several times together including an appearance with the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. Stockton patrons raved about their wonderful performance. While in Bakersfield, they will conduct a master class for three local musicians who have auditioned for this opportunity. The community is welcomed to audit the class free of charge as an audience member Friday the 13th at 4pm. This will be held at the CSUB Music Building. For more information, please call the BSO office at 323-7928.

Urioste2Elena’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were praised by three separate critics for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. In Europe, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestra. She has performed recitals in such distinguished venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis.JMH2

 An artist defined by the critics as “…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing “…the sweetest, most sonorous tone…” (Washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010, he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.


This is one concert you will not want to miss. First time to an opera? This is a perfect opportunity to hear incredible singing blending with a superb orchestra. You may recognize parts of this program since it was used in popular cartoons such as Bugs Bunny. Do you know the story behind the music? Read on…

By Jerome Kleinsasser


Gioachino Rossini (1815)
1792 -1868

When Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome in February of 1816 it bore the clumsy title Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution. This was necessitated by the fact that composer Giovanni Paisiello had already in 1782 claimed the more familiar title in his immensely popular version of the Beaumarchais Figaro story. Such was the celebrity of Paisiello’s Barber that Rossini was compelled to assure prospective producers and listeners that his setting was entirely new. It was only a few months later, in June, following the demise of Signor Paisiello that Rossini was free to use the title we know today.

The 24-year old composer’s notoriety was widespread as he already had a catalog of no less than 15 operas and a slew of sacred music to his credit, thus his demands to cast some of the finest singers of the day in his new opera were met. The celebrated Spanish tenor, Manuel Garcia, appeared as the titular Almaviva, while the part of Figaro was fashioned for Luigi Zamboni, a family friend of the composer.

Success came quickly and the opera took flight becoming instantly admired wherever it went. Its enthusiasts were legion, including none other than Beethoven, who, in their solitary meeting, allegedly instructed the composer to “Be sure to write more Barbers.” Within two years major productions appeared in London, Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg. A few years later it became the first opera to be sung in Italian in New York City. Still later, in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera mounted it in the company’s very first season. The Met has since performed it nearly 500 times, as its popularity has never waned.

Eminent Spanish Baritone Manuel Garcia created the role of Almaviva

The immense popularity of Rossini’s Barber signaled the rise of “Bel Canto” style Italian opera, espoused shortly and carried forward by the likes of Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti, leading eventually to the Italian master, Giuseppe Verdi. This style of opera is melodically centered and calculated to display the beauty of a well-produced human voice. It demands complete control in all ranges and in long phrases, often including a melodic flourish for emphasis or effect.

Rossini had composed the opera’s famous overture three years earlier, intending it for his largely forgotten opera Aureliano in Palmira. Operatic overtures at that time were frequently substituted indiscriminately from one opera to another, but when presented with the Barber, this one stuck. The overture has since become subjected to many uses in popular culture, most famously in Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoons.

The plot’s origins lie in Pierre Beaumarchais’ popular Figaro stories, one of which, set by Mozart, had entered the canon thirty years earlier. Rossini used a text by the poet Cesare Sterbini, who lived in his home while fashioning the libretto.

The young Count Almaviva, new to the town of Seville, has become beguiled by Rosina, the prettiest and richest girl in town. Disguised as an impoverished student (a character type found in numerous operas) and known to Rosina as her beloved “Lindoro,” we hear him singing an ardent serenade in her honor outside her window. Figaro, a barber and jack of all social trades, happens by and introduces himself. In a duet with Almaviva, Figaro offers his services as a go-between.

Rosina lives in a house as a ward of the aging and decrepit Doctor Bartolo, who plans to marry her. With an eye toward her considerable fortune, Bartolo holds Rosina virtually captive, disallowing any personal relationships.

We meet Don Basilio, a cleric who is also Rosina’s music teacher, but seems more interested in generating gossip and rumors than music. Figaro’s first ploy is to have Almaviva acquire entry to the house in the guise of a military officer, but that idea flops. His next ruse is to have the Count disguise himself as a substitute for the allegedly ill Basilio. This too fails when the real Basilio appears.

The Doctor, hoping to move matters forward with Rosina, shows her a fabricated letter purportedly as evidence of Almaviva’s duplicity. Dejected, Rosina consents to marry Bartolo, and the action is momentarily suspended due to an orchestral storm (another common feature of operas of the time).

Figaro and Almaviva finally gain entry into the house where the Count confesses his love for Rosina and proposes marriage. Misunderstandings are happily resolved and she accepts his proposal. Even Bartolo is convinced to go along with the solution on the condition that he will share her fortune. All concludes with great joy and goodwill.


We are pleased to announce a master class with world class cellist, Carter Brey. Mr. Brey will join us for the November concert and has agreed to three 25 minute instruction sessions. Applications are now being accepted to be one of three chosen for this honor with Mr. Brey. Apply online and submit your audition video link as well. Click here for the application.



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