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BSO NEXT started in 2014 as a donor-based endeavor that allows students from all over Kern County to experience live symphonic music. NEXT has benefited thousands of students from local schools and has brought youth and excitement in our audience. This program includes a special pre-concert lecture with our conductor, guest soloists and musicians and a complementary snack at intermission. Recently, we have been able to expand the program to include a hosted dinner and a tour of Bakersfield College or Cal State Bakersfield, all before our concerts. (Dinners and tours need to be scheduled with the BSO office well in advance).
This expansion not only provides a complete evening of experience for these students, but also introduces them to the potential of further education after high school. Since most of the students sponsored are from underprivileged areas, our BSO NEXT program opens the world of possibilities for those who otherwise may never have the opportunity to attend due to financial limitations.
The State of California has also taken an interest in NEXT. A marketing team from the California State Lottery System was sent to one of our concerts to capture what the program does for our local youth. Click HERE to see their promotional video.
We have more students desiring to be a part of this program than we have donors. 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 contact the BSO office.
Thank you to our BSO NEXT sponsors:
Kern Health Systems/Doug Hayward * Alfred & Virginia Harrell Foundation * Dr. Mark and Karen Miller * Betty Younger * Virginia Heil Crawford * Ira & Carole Cohen * Anonymous * Bob Clemensson * Peggy Darling * Marjorie Nixon * Christopher & Cynthia Smizer * Claire Frisch * James Ross & Linda Fiddler * The Pankey Family * Jon & Kala Stuebbe * Twilla Klassen *West Rotary Stroope Foundation * Scott & Kari Heilman * Patrick & Robin Paggi * Dr. Armi Walker * Ron & Betty Eaves * Rhonda Mazzei * Stevens Transportation/Rick Stevens * Ed Mazzeo * Nancy Oehler * Richard Pruitt * Nancy Green * Michael Worthing * Patricia Smale * Jordan & Kristen Lewis * Shai & Stasie Bitton * Martha Redstone * Ron & Nancy Marvin * Michelle Cantrell * Jane Randolph * Edward Allen * Artur & Olga Ishkulov * Jeff Johnson * Terry Meyer