Grammy winner's program "The Great Romantics"

Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux makes his debut as soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:30pm at Mechanics Bank Theater (1001 Truxtun Ave). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and a pre-concert lecture by Maestro Stilian Kirov along with Jason Vieaux is free to concert attendees at 6:30 p.m. Vieaux will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez under the direction of Maestro Kirov.

This program, entitled “The Great Romantics,” also includes Rachmaninoff’s powerful Symphony No. 2.

Concierto de Aranjuez was one of Joaquín Rodrigo’s first compositions and immediately established him as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the twentieth century. The piece was inspired by the Palacio Real de Aranjuez and Rodrigo described the concerto as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the gardens – sensations captured beyond his ability to see.

Of the piece Vieaux says, “So many people are familiar with this wonderful work for guitar and orchestra, and there are many others who may not know it by name but certainly know the second movement tune. That theme has been in movies and commercials, interpreted by jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Chick Corea, and even featured during extended improvisations by Led Zeppelin during their 1977 tour. I’ve probably performed Aranjuez nearly 200 times at this point in my career, but the experience of performing it for a live audience only gets richer and more meaningful for me with each concert season. I look forward to making my debut with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and working with Maestro Kirov in sharing this great music.”

Tickets are $20-$45 and available at or 661.323.7928

About the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra: The Bakersfield Symphony is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enrich our community through the power of music.

About Jason Vieaux: Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.