Lincoln Junior High students will tour college then go to concert in Bakersfield

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce its new partnership with Taft College as part of the BSO NEXT Youth Outreach Program, joining CSUB and Bakersfield College.

The collaboration kicks off on February 1st, when 60 students from Lincoln Jr. High will make their way to Taft College. Once on campus, they will receive a campus tour, a short presentation, and will enjoy dinner provided by a local caterer. Students will then board the buses once more and head to Bakersfield. Upon arrival at Mechanics Bank Theater, the students will attend a pre-concert lecture where they will meet and have the opportunity to ask questions of Maestro Stilian Kirov, as well as some of the musicians performing in the concert. The evening culminates with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra concert itself, this time featuring Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux playing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

“We are excited to open the doors of Taft College to provide students this experience with hopes that it inspires them in their education and life path”, expressed Dr. Debra Daniels, Taft College President. “We look forward to welcoming more local students to these events”. Dr. Daniels plans to learn more about the program by joining the students that evening and had even planned to join them on the bus ride - until we learned that is the students have filled every seat!

The BSO NEXT Youth Outreach Program began in 2014 and through sponsorships and grants; almost 7000 students from throughout Kern County have participated to date. The BSO NEXT program exposes students to an artistic, cultural, and educational experience with hopes to inspire them to not only have an appreciation for orchestral music, but to explore their own potential as they grow and mature.