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The Dukes' Concert Series is in honor of Fred and Beverly Dukes, Bakersfield philanthropists who gave generosly to students at CSUB and Bakersfield College through scholarships. They also served their churches, College Heights Congregational and First Congregational in multiple varied ways. Their church endowment included the funding of this concert series which consists of five musical events every year to be enjoyed without charge to music lovers in the Bakersfield Community. We have been enriched by their generosity, and we will remember them with gratitude. 

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Season 13 Concerts - Sundays at 4 p.m. 

September 9th: Banshee in the Kitchen Celebrating Celtic Spirit

October 21st: The Emerald Duo playing "Musical Miniatures" Dieter Wulfhorst (cello) & Susan Doering (violin) 

November 4th: The Figarden Trio with Flute, Bassoon, and Harp: Nancy Wallace, Larry Gardner & Laura Porter

February 24th: Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Doug Davis and Dr. D's Debris

March 17th: Bach, Schubert, and Franck with Pianist Mark Gutierrez

Banshee in the Kitchen 

Banshee in the Kitchen, the popular local group that specializes in Celtic style music, is returning to the Fred & Beverly Dukes Memorial Concert Series today at 4 p.m. in our sanctuary.  This is the first concert in this 13th year of our series made possible by an endowment by  generous church members and retired teachers.

Jill Egland, who graduated from Bakersfield High School, plays both the flute and accordion and has been with the group almost from the start. She will be joined by Brenda Hunter, a whiz on the hammered dulcimer; Kris Martin on bass and guitar;  and Katharine Edmonson on violin.

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The Emerald Duo

Two of our favorite musicians since the start of the Dukes Memorial Concert Series will be performing for us on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. They are Dieter Wulfhorst and Susan Doering, a charming married couple who play cello and violin in various regional symphonies, teach privately and have dedicated their professional lives to music. 

The couple, who call themselves the Emerald Duo, have planned a program of “musical miniatures.” These are short classical pieces that they think deserve attention by audiences such as ours.