Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra

Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra

David Newby, Music Director

The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra presents all of its concerts for free so that everyone, regardless of income, can enjoy live classical music. Help us continue this tradition by making a tax-deductible donation to the orchestra to fund our twenty-first season of presenting you with glorious music.

2018-2019 Season


Mark your calendar and plan to attend every concert 

and help us celebrate this milestone year!


Tehachapi Symphony presents its 21st Season

In memory of Violinist Betty Buss


Many wonderful things occurred during the twentieth season of the Symphony playing in Tehachapi, including renowned Violinist Lorenz Gamma performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Symphony, the artful presentation of Haydn’s Te Deum with the Antelope Valley Master Chorale and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Kathy Kelly, and culminating with the presentation of the World Premiere of composer David Stern’s epic piece The Golden Thread. On a more sober note, we lost one of our very long- term First Violinists, and great friend, Betty Buss, so we are dedicating this new season to her memory.


As we look forward to our 21st season, we are planning more exciting things to do. By special request from many of you, we are bringing back Pianist Jason Stoll to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Last year he dazzled the audience with his scintillating rendition of the third Rachmaninoff Concerto. This year’s season will also include Guitarist Jack Cimo in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. And, this being the 100th birthday year of the esteemed American composer, Leonard Bernstein, we will be playing his Symphonic Dances from Westside Story. We have also re-signed our beloved Music Director, Dr. David Newby, for his 20th season of conducting the Symphony.


Mark your calendar now and plan to attend every concert, as you will not want to miss a single note of this beautiful repertoire!



Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00 PM, Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi

Poet & Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, with guitarist Jack Cimo, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Danse both by Claude Debussy, and Leonard Bernstein’s high- energy Symphonic Dances from Westside Story.



Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM, Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi

Selections from Handel’s The Messiah and J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with the Antelope Valley Master Chorale and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Kathy Kelly.


Sunday, March 3, 2019, 4:00 PM, Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi

Beethoven’s Ruins of Athens Overture, Pianist Jason Stoll in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, and the Háry János Suite by Zoltán Kodály.


Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4:00 PM, Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi

Beethoven’s Gloria from Missa Solemnis with the Antelope Valley Master Chorale and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Kathy Kelly, our Young Artist Competition Winner in a concerto of his or her choice, and Symphony No. 2 (Roma) by French composer Georges Bizet.


Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7:00 PM, Coy Burnett Stadium, Tehachapi

Our annual Pops Concert under the stars, featuring show tunes, movie music, marches, patriotic songs, and light classical music. Bring a picnic basket and a lawn chair and join us under the stars for a memorable evening in “small town America.”


There will also be concerts this season by our “up and coming” Junior and Strings Orchestras, so watch the local newspapers, follow us on Facebook (Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra) and check our website: www.tehachapiorchestra.com for more information.


The Symphony Board of Directors has always felt that live classical music should be provided to everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to purchase tickets, so our concerts have always been presented for free. However, it costs about $40,000 to fund a season. This means that the Symphony is always busy raising money to fund our next season and looking for more local players to join us in our music-making.


We would like to build a more sustainable base of K Club members ($1,000 or more donation) who renew each year. If you are able to join the K Club, please take this opportunity to do so. A special thanks to those of you who have been in the K Club for many years. 

We could not provide all this exciting music without you!