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The 2016-2017 Season kicks off as we explore the crazy French valse of Ravel and take a journey to the countryside with some exciting folk tunes by Prokofiev and Bartók. Joining this program is one of the top 6th finalists of the 2013Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Tomoki Sakata performing Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 3.
MAURICE RAVEL La valse, poème chorégraphique
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3
BÉLA BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity” (Dallas
Morning News) during the 2013 Cliburn Competition, earning him a place among the top six finalists. Just 21
years old, he is building a reputation for a “youthful overabundance of talent” that creates “its own visceral
excitement” (Theater Jones).
Also a prizewinner at various competitions throughout Asia and Europe, Mr. Sakata has appeared in concert
in Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama as well as in Geneva, Lugano, Paris, Prague, Utrecht, and Moscow for the twelfth International Festival “Musical Kremlin” at the invitation of Nikolai Petrov. He has performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Youngstown, Hamamatsu Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic, and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Randall Craig Fleisher, and Hikotaro Yazaki. Octavia Records released Mr. Sakata’s debut disc in spring 2015, featuring works by Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, Chopin, and Rachmaninov. A sci-fi and anime fan, he has also recorded the soundtrack for the popular Japanese manga series “Your Life in April.”
Born in Nagoya, Mr. Sakata began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began improvising and composing at age 6. He currently splits his time between Japan, Italy, and Germany, studying with Hideto Nishikawa at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music since 2012; William Grant Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como since 2011; and Arie Vardi in Hannover since 2014.
Our second season concert of 2016-2017 explodes with this intriguing display of music by the talented BSO musicians. This program is a great opportunity to experience some well-known fairy tales painted with music.
ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Dances of Galanta
GYÖRGY LIGETI Concert Rumanesc
MAURICE RAVEL Ma mère l’oye, Ballet Suite
IGOR STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite 1919
February 4, 2017
A fantastic way to get ready for Valentine’s Day with some extraordinary music by some of the greatest Romantic composers.
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Symphony No. 2
March 11, 2017
Mozart’s infamous personal life was quite different than his brilliant symphonic masterpieces. As an admirer of Mozart, Shubert crafted his music in a similar fashion as with his Fifth Symphony, widely considered one of the most beautiful early Romantic pieces.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Horn Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Kolio Plachkov has been with the Colorado Symphony since 2011, as an Associate Principal/Third French Horn. The summers, Mr. Plachkov is a guest horn faculty at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. After receiving his Bachelor Degree of Music from the Juilliard School, Mr. Plachkov obtained the principal horn position with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile pursuing a full time Masters of Music degree at Rice University.
His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcasted on NPR and CPR, he has been featured with, Idyllwild Arts Orchestra, The Broadway Bach Ensemble, Colorado Chambers Players, Englewood Arts Concert Series, and Estes Park Music Festival.
Mr. Plachkov has been featured on “From the Top” and, has performed as part of the Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York where he has performed at the Bulgarian Embassy for the Bulgarian General Council. His scholarships and fellowships include, Tanglewood Music Center, the New World Symphony, New York String Seminar Orchestra, with performances in Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Disney Hall, The New World Center, among others.
May 13, 2017
Poetry and music are two powerful art forms on their own but when combined, they are unstoppable. Both musical pieces on the program were inspired by poems – George Meredith’s poem about the song of the skylark and Friedrich Schiller’s immortal “Ode to Joy”.
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending
Julia Haney, violin
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9
with the Bakersfield Master Chorale
BAKERSFIELD MASTER 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.
The 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 bylaws.
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 in 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 self-supported by Chorale members. They also toured the United Kingdom in the summer of 1999 and also completed European tours in 1975 and 1996, and an Eastern European Tour in 2003.
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.