Spring Serenade Concert features Bakersfield College’s Concert Band and Orchestra


Alexis Pedroza

Cheyenne Toussaint and Sebastian Lee performing a cello duet.

Alexis Pedroza, Reporter

The Spring Serenade Concert took place at The Bakersfield College Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center on March 16. The doors opened at 7 p.m., and guests were able to purchase $10 general admission tickets for the performance.

The concert featured the BC Concert Band and Orchestra, and even a few student solo performances. Led by BC’s Concert Band and Orchestra Conductor Kathryn Kuby the program began with excerpts from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” then followed by “Fractures in Time” by Michael Sweeny. The Concert Band ended its first performance with “Beyond the Summit” by Brian Balmages and the audience applauded afterwards.

Kuby thanked the audience and told them to bear with them as they switched to their next part of the program.

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The Bakersfield College Concert Band and Orchestra led by clarinet soloist Jaison Miles.

The BC Orchestra was up next with a Clarinet Concerto solo performed by Jaison Miles. The musical piece he played was in allegro moderto originally by Carl Stamitz in B-flat. Followed by his solo was a duet by cello players Sebastian Lee and Cheyenne Toussaint.

They played a double cello concerto in G minor and the musical piece was by Antonio Vivaldi.

Afterwards there was another clarinet solo by Alfredo Ramirez who performed a piece by Carl Maria von Weber in Eb Major.

The audience seemed to enjoy each performance and clapped for each one of the performers on stage.

As the program was coming to an end there was a final performance by both the Concert Band and Orchestra to Carl Strommen’s “Prairie” song.

After they finished the audience stood up to applaud, the musicians and the performers got up and took a bow ending the nights show.