Young People’s Concert
A new area for Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra begins with re-worked Young People’s Concert field trip program
It’s something you don’t see every day at an orchestral concert — clowning around that provokes outbursts of laugher from the audience.
But, serious gave way to silliness inside the Rabobank Theater if only for an hour as hundreds of local elementary students packed the annual Young People’s Concert for an introduction to the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and classical music.
“The idea is to entertain and educate students at the same time,” said orchestra CEO Bryan Burrow of the field trip program that has been serving local students for more than 30 years.
The Young People’s Concert series is a vital part BSO’s mission to provide music education to local youth, Burrow said. KCSOS has long collaborated with the orchestra on its educational mission.
BSO is beginning a new era — shedding its traditional approach while trying to grow the audience to a younger set. A new music director, 31-year-old Stilian Kirov, is now at the helm of music operations and his youth and charm were apparent during his first official outing as BSO’s new conductor.
For the first time, BSO enlisted the help of the nationally known Magic Circle Mime Company to help present a young person’s guide to the orchestra. Two mimes decked out in red and black attire and white faces taunted Kirov and the orchestra at every turn.
Kirov and the musicians weren’t shy about being playful to the delight of the kids and parents in the audience. At one point, Kirov allowed a trumpeter’s duel between a mime and one the musicians after Kirov chased the mime off stage for trying to snatch his baton.
The program wasn’t all shenanigans after all. Kirov engaged the young audience about the types of music they would hear and its purpose.
“We want to promote the idea that classical music is open to everyone. We want to find music everyone can relate to,” Kirov told the Bakersfield Californian this week as he geared up to start his first season as conductor.
BSO’s season begins Saturday, October 3 with concerts scheduled throughout the year.
Two additional Youth People’s Concerts are planned for November 12 and February 5, 2016. Costs to attend are $3 per student/teacher. For more information, call the BSO office at 323-7928.