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November 8, 2014

Alenjandro Guitierrez



Now in his second season, Alejandro Gutiérrez is the Assistant Conductor for Pacific Symphony and serves as Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Gutiérrez served as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica (NSO) from 1998 to 2011, constantly touring the nation’s seven provinces with this orchestra as well as conducting concerts in the subscription series. He is the designer and conductor of several successful educational and family programs which include “Discovering Beethoven,” “The Family Instruments of the Orchestra,” “From the Caves to the Orchestra” and “The Concerto,” among others.

As music director and conductor of the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra and the National Institute of Music Wind Orchestra, Gutiérrez led a program for new music, where he premiered winning compositions from the national award of composition given by the Minister of Culture.


SOLOIST – Carter Brey – CelloPhoto by Chris Lee

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since performed as soloist each season.

From the time of Mr. Brey’s New York and Kennedy Center debuts in 1982, he has been regularly hailed by audiences and critics for his virtuosity, flawless technique, and complete musicianship. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.



Dvořák – Concerto for Cello in B minor
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


Start: November 8, 2014 7:30 pm
End: November 8, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: The Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
1001 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States

February 14, 2015

Thomasz Golka

Feb. 14th – TOMASZ GOLKA


Since winning 1st Prize at the 2003 Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, conductor Tomasz Golka has appeared with orchestras in North and South America and Europe to great critical acclaim.

In May 2014, Golka assumes the position of Chief Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia (Colombian National Symphony) in Bogotá.

Since the 2010-11 season he is Music Director of Riverside County Philharmonic, an extraordinary, virtuoso orchestra, made up of the best freelance musicians from the Los Angeles area.

Recent guest conducting appearances include Warsaw Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, and California Symphony. Upcoming engagements include Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

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.


SOLO ARTISTS –  BSO Opera SoloistsOpera Soloist

Enjoy opera soloists from our local area in this unique performance.


Start: February 14, 2015 7:30 pm
End: February 14, 2015 9:30 pm
Venue: The Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
1001 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States

March 14, 2015

Theresa Cheung

March 14th – TERESA CHEUNG


Teresa Cheung is the Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (PA). A recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors, Cheung is equally at home with both orchestral and operatic/vocal genres. She has served as Resident Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City, as well as Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival from 2004-2012. In 2012, Cheung made her conducting debut with the New York City Ballet in their Balanchine Nutcracker production. Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, where she served concurrently as Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Frequent guest conducting in the United States has led her to orchestras such as the Phoenix. Portland, and Amarillo Symphonies.

Cheung makes it her mission to bring an awareness of the importance of creating an ‘artistic legacy’ through music. She strives to bring forth inventive concert performances, collaborative projects and outreach programs to various audiences, and is a passionate advocate for music education at all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure with the Altoona Symphony, numerous programs have been created to engage area children and young adults.“Dvorak’s New World”, a fine example of Cheung’s work for outreach and education, can be viewed via Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ weblink at:


SOLO ARTISTS Elena Urioste
Elena Urioste - Violin

Elena Urioste – Recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and featured on the cover of Symphony magazine, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Elena’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were praised by three separate critics for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.”

Juan Miguel Hernandez - ViolaJuan-Miguel

Juan-Miguel Hernandez – 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 2009, he 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, presented by JPMorgan Chase.


Start: March 14, 2015 7:30 pm
End: March 14, 2015 9:30 pm
Venue: The Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
1001 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States

April 11, 2015

Rebecca Miller



A compelling, insightful and energetic force on the podium, conductor Rebecca Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike.  Her sophisticated music making and evocative command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to connect with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.

Ms. Miller was the first prize winner at the 4th Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, is Artistic Director of The New Professionals Orchestra (London, UK), Music Director of The Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra, and Fellow in Music Performance at the Royal Holloway University of London.



SOLO ARTISTS – Bakersfield Master ChoraleSymphony with chorale

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.



Start: April 11, 2015 7:30 pm
End: April 11, 2015 9:30 pm
Venue: The Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
1001 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States

May 9, 2015

Roger Kalia



Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia continues to make his mark as a rising young conductor. Mr. Kalia is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2013-14 season. In this position, he conducts a variety of concerts including Family, Education, and Community run-out concerts while covering all classical subscription concerts for Maestro Christopher Warren-Green and guest conductors.

As a recipient of the BMI/Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship and YMF Conducting Grant, Mr. Kalia is in his second season as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles.


SOLOIST – Marcin Dylla – GuitarMarcin-Dylla

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 Marcin Dylla 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.


Start: May 9, 2015 7:30 pm
End: May 9, 2015 9:30 pm
Venue: The Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
1001 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States
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