Bakersfield Symphony

Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. in November

This November, Valley Public Radio will feature a series of special broadcasts drawn from last year’s season of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. These recorded performances feature the orchestra’s 82nd season, including Maestro John Farrer’s last concert with the orchestra. Tune in Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM for these special broadcasts this November on Valley Public Radio.

Wednesday November 5th – 8:00 pm
Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture; Debussy – La Mer; Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor

Wednesday November 12th– 8:00 pm
Lutoslawski – Fanfare for the LA Philharmonic; Beethoven – Overture to Fidelio; R. Strauss – Death and Transfiguration; Dvořák – Scherzo Capriccioso; Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Wednesday November 19th – 8:00 pm
Weber – Overture to Der Freischütz; Appelton – The Couperin Doubles; W. A. Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C; Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor

Wednesday November 26th - – 8:00 pm
Wagner –  Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

More information about the 2014/2015 season of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is available at

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The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has a new conductor. Orchestra president Brian Burrow announced Tuesday that Bulgarian artist Stilian Kirov has been selected as the symphony's new musical director.

The move caps a year where the orchestra featured a series of guest conductors, following the departure of longtime leader John Farrer. 

Kirov says he's excited to work with the orchestra and the entire Bakersfield community: