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Our History

The San Bernardino Symphony was founded in 1929 by Maestro James K. Guthrie, an internationally renowned conductor and community leader.

Today, the Orchestra, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the region, consistently reaches unmatched standards of musical performance under the dynamic leadership of Music Directors and Conductors like Alberto Bolet, Carlo Ponti, David Forester, Don Jaeger, Donald Ambroson, Dr. Ben W. Eby, Frank Fetta, James K. Guthrie, Gregory Millar, Joseph Pearlman and more. 

Five annual concerts are held at the historic California Theatre in downtown San Bernardino; but the Symphony also performs throughout the region - often free of charge to attendees - thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of making symphonic music readily accessible to the diverse populations of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  

We also maintain Maestro Guthrie's vision of providing music in the schools through our acclaimed educational programs and maintenance of an extensive music library regularly utilized by many educational entities.

San Bernardino Symphony


Historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts

California TheatreThe San Bernardino Symphony performs its subscription concerts in the beautiful and historic California Theater, right at many music lovers’ doorsteps in downtown San Bernardino. This magnificent performing arts venue was designed specifically to accommodate orchestral performances. Each seat is enveloped by the deep and rich sounds of the San Bernardino Symphony, giving each audience member an unmatched concert-going experience.

Constructed between 1927 and 1928, the California Theatre was opened by Fox West Coast Theaters on August 15, 1928. On June 28, 1935, Will Rogers gave his last public performance at the California Theatre. Less than two months later, on August 15, 1935, Rogers and famed aviator Wiley Post perished in a plane crash in Alaska. In 1997, two large exterior murals of Will Rogers were painted by Ken Twitchell on the east and west facades of the California Theater to commemorate the final performance of America’s finest humorist.

562 West Fourth Street • San Bernardino, CA 92401 (Click here for Map)

Please call 909.381.5388 for further information.


California Theatre of the Performing Arts
California Theatre of the Performing Arts