Tiler Peck, a Bakersfield native and award-winning principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will join the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as a special guest artist for their 2020-21 season opener, “Tiler’s Serenade.”
According to a press release from the symphony, the virtual performance is scheduled to air on KERO-TV 23 at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra executive director Holly Arnold and conductor Stilian Kirov coordinated with Peck, who is currently living with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic. The press release says Peck will be performing in part as a way to give back to the local community.
“When the Symphony Orchestra had to cancel concerts in the spring due to the pandemic, we promised to be back ‘stronger than ever’ for our community and we remain committed to everything we do – from our programs educational programs,” says Arnold.
She also noted that programs depend on sponsors and donations, especially at a time when the symphony orchestra is unable to sell tickets.
Peck learned the art of dance at the Bakersfield Dance Company and, at age 14, entered the School of American Ballet. That same year, she became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, and a few months later was invited to join the company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal dancer in 2009.