Concertmaster To Step Down After Nearly 50 Years With The Bakersfield Symphony

Rebecca Brooks Calls It A Career

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Symphony will have a new 'look' for the first time in nearly half a century.

Concertmaster Rebecca Brooks is the symphony's first chair violin, a post she has held since 1964.


She has sat just to the left of Maestro John Farrer for the past 38 years, sharing her trademark smile with the longtime music director at every performance and rehearsal.

"The Concertmaster first of all has to be a terrific violinist, and beyond that, a terrific musician," said Farrer, "and the two are not always the same."

Brooks summed up their harmony very simply saying she felt like John conducted just to me.

The 2013 season finale is Saturday, May 11th beginning at 8 pm at the Rabobank Convention Center.

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