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    Piano masterworks kick off season

    BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI For The Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 01 2014 05:07 PM

    The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 concert season opens Saturday evening with two great tasks: presenting a concert season that reflects the orchestra's established standards while searching for a new music director.

    Saturday's program features the music of early Romantic composer Robert Schumann -- the Piano Concerto in A minor and the "Manfred" Overture. The orchestra will perform the symphonic poem "Sheherazade," by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert also features two guest performers: Chinese-born pianist Fei-Fei Dong and conductor Stilian Kirov.

    A native of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, Fei-Fei Dong is one of six finalists in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The 24-year-old pianist began studying at...

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    First BSO finalist: Bakersfield is music to his ears

    Although he has led many orchestras in Europe and the United States, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra music director candidate Stilian Kirov is looking for an orchestra he can call his own. "This would be my first confirmed music...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Gael-force entertainment

    Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle, the land of the Scots or merry old England, all Bakersfield clans are poised to unite -- and you won't have to put this union to a vote -- when the Celtic Music Festival returns to the CSUB outdoor...

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    BSO season opens on unique note with conductor search

    The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's search for a new conductor sounds like the premise of a television reality show, except this competition will be dignified and we won't be subjected to backstage catfights and tearful soliloquies. But...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Singing the blues in Kernville

    This weekend, the small town of Kernville will be transformed into a kind of blues mecca, a nonstop boogie factory pumping out music on various stages spread throughout town. The community metamorphosis is courtesy of the fourth annual...

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    Student-teacher relationship blossoms into music between equals

    One of the consequences of a long career is that sometimes your past catches up with you. For CSUB music professor Doug Davis, that past comes in the form of a former student, CSUB music professor Jim Scully. Both professors will share the...

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    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the...

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    They're all dressed up, ready to go

    The most important part of a drag performance isn't the hair, the make-up, the outfit or any one physical thing. The key ingredient to good drag is harder than all that: the ability to move an audience emotionally. That's according to De...

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    Food, fun ... and dinosaurs at the Kern County Fair

    If crowds aren't your thing but DeMolay corn dogs are, you'll want to carefully plot your excursion -- or excursions -- to the Kern County Fair. Historically, Monday is pretty light and if you can manage to cool your jets until Day Two,...

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    Coming to a Palace near you: The Billy Mize film

    The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles, but "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" finally comes home on Sept. 18, to a venue that doesn't get more Bakersfield Sound-ified: Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. "Now it's finally going to be...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Rods, rockers to pack the park

    Joe Schaffran, the promoter of the second annual Bakersfield Rock and Rods Show, has a very basic philosophy for the event and what it means to him: "Rock & Rods is a mixture of my love for rock 'n' roll and my love for hot rods and...

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    Bluegrass by way of New York City

    Bakersfield has an ace under its fedora. Musicians like to visit. Call it curiosity or pilgrimage. Buck, Merle -- they know the names, they've heard the music. Now they want to see from whence it came. Count Nora Jane Struthers as a...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Thomas' Starship enterprise lands in Bakersfield

    No fooling around: Legions of young music fans are falling in love with Mickey Thomas, even if they don't know it. Decades after he burned up the charts with the Elvin Bishop-penned "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the classic rocker is...

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