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April 8th Don’t Cry For Me

Did you know that the third movement of Brahms’s brilliant Violin Concerto was the inspiration for the song Don’t Cry for Me Argentina? A true master-piece paired with Tchaikovsky’s powerful and intimate Sixth Symphony. This is a concert you are not going to want to miss! Come enjoy a romantic filled program with music that inspired some of the greatest songwriters of our time.

MUSIC

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Violin Concerto

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6

ALEXANDER VELINZON
A violinist with an international reputation, Velinzon has performed with such distinguished conductors as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and Christoph von Dohnanyi. As a guest concertmaster he has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Germany’s WDR Symphony Orchestra and NDR Radio Philharmonic.

In the sphere of chamber music, violinists Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn, as well as cellist Wendy Warner, have numbered among Velinzon’s partners. Since arriving in Seattle, he has performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

In Boston he is a long-standing member of the Walden Chamber Players, a co-founder of the LiveArts string quartet and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. In New York, he performs frequently with the Jupiter Chamber Players. In 2010 Velinzon made his critically acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Velinzon’s recent solo highlights include critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, and the Schnittke Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony as well as appearances with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra and Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alexander Velinzon graduated from the Leningrad School for Gifted Children. After moving to the United States, he studied with renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His success at the Heida Hermanns Competition, Tibor Varga Competition and at the Artist International Young Artists Auditions, led to his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. On that occasion The Strad praised him as “very musical and intensely serious.”

Velinzon’s New York concerto debut came in 1999, when he performed Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 with the Jupiter Symphony. He played at New York City Center as both soloist and concertmaster for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and has performed concertos with the Absolute Ensemble and Metamorphoses Orchestra in New York, the Rondo Chamber Orchestra touring the United States and Venezuela, and appeared with the National Symphony of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

He joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and became Assistant Concertmaster in 2005, before being appointed Seattle Symphony’s David & Amy Fulton Concertmaster in 2012.

 

Don’t forget to attend our FREE pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm!

All pre concert lectures are given by Lily E. Hirsch. Lily studied music history as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific and earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University. She is currently a writer, Visiting Scholar at California State University, Bakersfield, and one of the editors for the Bakersfield Levan Humanities Review. In addition to numerous articles, including pieces in The Guardian, Washington Post, and The Establishment, she is author of the books A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League (University of Michigan Press in 2010) and Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment (University of Michigan Press in 2012), and is co-editor of Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press in 2014), winner of the American Musicological Society’s Ruth A. Solie Award. 

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Start: April 8 @ 7:30 pm
End: April 8 @ 9:45 pm
Cost: 20 - 50

May 13

May 13th Words of Music

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”.

MUSIC

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending
Julia Haney, violin
Julia

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9
with the Bakersfield Master Chorale

 

BMCBAKERSFIELD 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.

 

Don’t forget to attend our FREE pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm!

All pre concert lectures are given by Lily E. Hirsch. Lily studied music history as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific and earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University. She is currently a writer, Visiting Scholar at California State University, Bakersfield, and one of the editors for the Bakersfield Levan Humanities Review. In addition to numerous articles, including pieces in The Guardian, Washington Post, and The Establishment, she is author of the books A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League (University of Michigan Press in 2010) and Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment (University of Michigan Press in 2012), and is co-editor of Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press in 2014), winner of the American Musicological Society’s Ruth A. Solie Award. 

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Start: May 13 @ 7:30 pm
End: May 13 @ 9:30 pm
Venue: Rabobank Theater
Phone: 800-745-3000
Address:
1001 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301 United States
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