Nancy L. Oehler, a partner at Klein DeNatale Goldner has been appointed to a three-year term on the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. This three-year term will run through June 30, 2014.
Bakersfield's first community-wide orchestra of adults and student instrumentalists was organized in the 1920s. By 1932 they were known as the Bakersfield Symphony, the orchestra continued as a volunteer group through the Depression years, but disbanded during World War II. The Kern Philharmonic Society was formed in 1946, in 1982 the name was changed to Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.
Through the years the concert season has expanded to six subscription concerts, as well as a chamber music series, New Directions, a Young People's Concert Series, and educational programs including the Academic Decathlon. The Nutcracker Ballet has performed annually in collaboration with the Civic Dance Center. In addition, three affiliated organizations have become part of the Symphony family with their own concert seasons: Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale, Bakersfield Youth Symphony, and Bakersfield Municipal Band.