Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

We are privileged to have Japan’s Tomoki Sakata host a Master Class for pianists on October 6th at 4:30pm. We will have four individuals spend up to 25 minutes with Mr. Sakata providing individualized instruction. This is a great opportunity! To apply for one of these four positions, please fill out the application below along with a YouTube link of a 15 minute clip performing a piece which would be used the day of the Master Class. We have four judges who will choose the fortunate individuals to join us on stage. The Master Class will be open for all people to attend the class in the audience. To learn more about Tomoki Sakata, click here. Here are further details:

What: Tomoki Sakata Master Class
Date: Thursday October 6th
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Place: Bakersfield College Simonsen Center Small Auditorium
Fee: $50 (only if you are one of the four participants)
YouTube Video Due: Thursday September 15th 11pm
Questions: Call 661-323-7928

Master Class Application

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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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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

Peter and the Wolf is the theme for our next Young People’s Concert (YPC) on October 7th 2016. The world renown Magic Circle Mime Company will join the BSO for this most enjoyable and educational experience for the students of Kern County. Last year students and teachers alike were captivated by the experience…and now they are returning. The YPCs are a 45 minute program for the students who are brought in by the different schools as an introduction to not only the orchestra but also the vast world opened to the children. This program helps fulfill requirements outlined in Common Core. Call the BSO office for your reservation.

Who: Children of Kern County (typically up to 6th grade)
Date: October 7, 2016
Time: 9:30am and 11am
Place: Rabobank Theater
Price: $3.50 per student or teacher
Reservations: 661-323-7928

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For the first time ever, the BSO will perform a very unique and “out of the box” concert at the Temblor Brewery. A small group of musicians will bring to life fun and recognizable music. Tickets at the door are only $7. Have a drink and listen to great music. Saturday May 7th at 8pm.

Join us for the season finale for BSO’s 84th season with a concert titled, Love and War featuring violinist Simone Porter. At 18 years of age, Simone Porter has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestra of both Nashville and Utah.

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, op.35, D major
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, op.47, D minor

The BSO’s annual Gala fundraiser will be held at the Epic jet Center this year with the theme of Havana Nights. There will be awesome food, classic cars, and Wasco High School’s Steel Drum Band “High Groove Steelers” will perform! To inquire about ticket and table purchases call the BSO office at 661-323-7928.

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is reaching out to surrounding communities. Music in Your Neighborhood is a series of concerts in areas outside Kern County, bringing the music to you. This concert will be family oriented and fun for all to enjoy. Ticket prices are $5 for children 12 and under and students with a valid ID and $15 for adults.

Shafter Concert

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Where: Shafter High School
Start: 1:00pm

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Tickets also available for purchase at Apple Market in Shafter

Taft Concert

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Where: Taft High School
Start: 3:00pm

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Tickets also available for purchase at Taft Chamber of Commerce and Cooper’s True Value in Taft

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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.

BSO NEXT is a donor-based endeavor that provides concert tickets to our season performances, a pre-concert meet and greet with the conductor and musicians, and a snack to local students. Our hope is that such exposure will inspire future musicians and concert-goers and provide the next generation with a powerful introduction to the world of music. Hundreds of tickets were distributed for the Fall 2015 concerts and more students attended than ever before. These students have created a palpable vibe of youth and excitement to the audience and the response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive from the students as well as regular concert patrons.  We received considerable feedback from schools and groups whose students were appreciative and inspired by the experience of attending a live concert.

“My students cannot stop talking about the performance and have been proudly showing off their autographed programs” -Dan Hernandez, Music Director at Paul L. Cato Middle School in Bakersfield, CA

There is more demand for BSO NEXT tickets than funded. This means there are more schools, teachers, parents, and students desiring to be a part of this program than available tickets due to insufficient funding. We invite you to participate in this rare giving opportunity which allows you to directly invest in our local youth, observe the results for yourself, and connect the next generation to the BSO experience. For more information or to become a sponsor, please email Cynthia Smizer at cynthia@bsonow.org.
 

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BSO NEXT participant, Mikayla, reflects on her experience at the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s October Concert.

 

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