The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will open its 86th season with “100 Years of Leonard Bernstein” at Rabobank Theater Oct. 7.

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has entertained audiences with its musical performances since 1933 and the 86th season begins Oct. 7 with “100 Years of Leonard Bernstein” at Rabobank Theater.

“Under the expert direction of our music director, Stilian Kirov, the BSO’s 2017-18 season is filled with wonderful classics and world-class soloists,” said Executive Director Kari Heilman. “Join us on Oct. 7 for the start of our 86th season. You won’t want to miss a single note.”

Kirov, who is also the conductor, said “Season-opening concert is always quite unique, but I feel that in this case, there is some extra amount of excitement as we will perform pieces that the orchestra and the audience haven’t had the chance to experience in recent years.”

The evening will take people on a journey featuring composition pieces from Bernstein, starting with his “Candide Overture,” which will lead into some of his colorful works, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.

“The Piano Concerto in G major we selected for this concert is a piece that Bernstein often played and conducted in the same time from the piano, which is quite impressive,” said Kirov.

The second half of the show will include two distinct pieces: Jeremiah Symphony and Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.”

Guest soloist Kenneth Broberg, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, will also take the stage for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.

“I always feel that at the season-opening night, the whole symphony family gathers to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter,” said Kirov of the concert hall family. “We all create the joy of live performance together. We are family and this is the most beautiful aspect of experiencing live music together.”

At the beginning of his tenure, Kirov promised to ensure that everyone feels welcome at their concerts. They work night and day to make the music available to all, as “music is not only entertainment, it is a necessity.”

“Art is what makes us human and helps us see the world through better eyes,” said Kirov.

As with all shows at the symphony, those in attendance can anticipate “a fantastic night of celebration with great excitement and inspiration.” 

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