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20 Under 40 People to Watch

Thirteen of Bakersfield Life Magazine's 20 Under 40 People to Watch for 2015

These individuals are changing the face of Bakersfield.

The young professionals highlighted in Bakersfield Life’s third annual 20 Under 40 People to Watch entered into a competitive nomination process in March and were selected as this year’s most promising rising stars in our community. Whether it’s owning their own business, providing the latest care in optometry, making an impact in the educational system or practicing law, these compassionate men and women are improving the quality of life in our community.

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Stilian Kirov, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor

The people’s conductor

Growth can only come from new experiences and an orchestra can only grow through something fresh and different. After 38 years with the same conductor, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has found new life in Stilian Kirov, who was named the sixth music director and conductor on June 9. The 31-

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