The Brazos Valley Symphony & Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra announce:
22nd Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition
Open to all students, 18 years of age or under, in a Brazos Valley public or private school, and home schooled.
Entry deadline is September 20, 2019, all entries must be received by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM/INSTRUCTIONS
The competition is open to any music student in any public or private school in the Brazos Valley or any home-schooled student. We’ve had winners as young as 9 and instruments as varied as piano, violin and tuba. There is no entry fee.
Requirements are simple, but deadlines are critical:
- The student selects any movement from any concerto for any instrument, not to exceed 12 minutes in length.
- The student must submit a good quality recording of his or her performance – with or without piano accompaniment – and the application form, both of which must be received by September 20, 2019. Late entries will be rejected. The entry must be submitted via UNMARKED CD or PLAIN BLACK FLASHDRIVE. There should be NO identifying information on the entry.
-Please either mail the entry to the P.O. Box or hand deliver to the symphony office by COB on the dateline date. Click here for mailing address and physical address information, ***please note that the mailing address is different than the physical address and it is advisable to turn in your entry early and not wait until the very last day.
- The entries will be assigned a number and will be judged anonymously by Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director & Conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony.
- Up to five finalists will be selected by mid-October, and will be notified by mail, shortly thereafter.
- The finalists will be invited to perform their selection before a panel of three judges and an audience on November 17, 2019 at 3pm at TBD location. A required piano accompanist is provided for the finals and the piano will be provided as well. Students must also have their music memorized for the performance.
- A winner and first and second runners-up will be named at the conclusion of the finals competition. All three will receive plaques.
- The winner of the competition will be invited to enter the first Juanita Miller Concerto Competition for which he or she is eligible. The Miller Competition is held in Dallas each January and is sponsored by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras. The Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO) will pay the entry fee for that event, but the finalist will be responsible for all other expenses and to indicate interest in entering the event with FASO. The winner also will be invited to perform with the Brazos Valley Symphony.
- All finalists must plan to submit a “head-shot” photograph (at least 150 dpi if submitted electronically), a copy of their sheet music, and a completed biographical form to be provided with the finalist selection notification. They must agree to allow their name, photograph, and biographical information to be used in publicity for the competition.
- First-place winners of previous Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competitions are ineligible to enter.
Robert Borden, Chair, e-mail Robert
22nd Annual Youth Concerto Competition
CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM/INSTRUCTIONS
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Guest Artists Brazos Valley Chorale Brenham Children's Chorus Heather Phillips, soprano Justin Berkowitz, tenor Kelly Markgraf, baritone
The BVSO season opener combines the talents of three stunning soloists, the Brenham Children’s Chorus, and the 120-voice powerhouse that is the Brazos Valley Chorale as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary season. Though Carmina Burana has been sampled in songs by the likes of Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osborne, mixed into movies from The Matrix to Shrek, and sprinkled into commercials and all forms of pop culture, chances are you have heard only the beginning or ending notes of this 24-movement masterpiece. Heralded as one of the most recognizable and iconic choral masterworks, the expanse of sound immerses the audience in dark drama, terrific power, soulful passion, and conveys an unwavering force of destiny. Join Maestro Marcelo Bussiki and our professional orchestra as we start the season with this classic work and its thrilling emotional experience.
Guest Artists Javier Chaparro, violin Penny Zent, flute
Don’t miss Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the BVSO as we highlight two of the orchestra’s most talented and celebrated musicians in a concert of Baroque masterpieces. Javier Chaparro, our favorite concertmaster since 1992, takes center stage in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, an undisputed classical “Top 40”. This beloved depiction in musical imagery creates visions of spring birds, summer storms, autumn country dances, and winter ice skating scenes for the audience’s imagination. Violinist Javier Chaparro is one of the most versatile musicians in Texas today as an accomplished singer-songwriter, bandleader, and composer of film soundtracks. Bach’s Suite No. 2 is a showpiece for our principal flutist, Penny Zent. The final movement of Suite No. 2 is considered to be one of the most challenging and exciting works written for flute. Penny has played continuously with the BVSO longer than any other musician, starting her tenure in the symphony’s second season in 1982. She currently serves as President of the National Flute Association and has toured and performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Each fall, area students through 12th grade are invited to submit an entry on CD of their performance of any movement from any concerto for any instrument, with a maximum length of 12 minutes. Entry deadline is September 20, 2019 for this season's 22nd annual competition--click here for more information about the competition entry guidelines.
The 22nd Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition will be November 17, 2019 at 3pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in College Station.
Finalists will be chosen in blind judging by Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director and Conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Competition entrants submitted a CD of their performance of any movement from any concerto for any instrument. Finalists will be selected in October 2019 an announced as soon as possible. Once the finalists are selected, this information will be updated to include their details.
The competition is sponsored by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and its support guild, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra (FASO).
The finalists will perform their competition entry from memory before a panel of judges and an audience. While the judges are making their decision, the Symphony Belles will host a reception in the church foyer.
Last year’s finalists were as follows:
-Maria Clara Braga, 16, is a junior at College Station High School and plays violin. Her music teacher is Dianna Burke. She will perform the first movement from Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.
-Rachel Chiang, 16, is a junior at College Station High School and plays the piano and cello. Her piano teacher is Matthew Loudermilk. She will perform the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19.
-Aditya Narayanan, 15, is a sophomore at College Station High School and plays violin. His music teacher is Diedra Lawrence. He will perform Concerto No. 1 in A minor by J.B. Accolay.
-Jacob Speakman, 17, is a senior at A&M Consolidated High School and plays horn. His music teacher is David Nowell. He will perform the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Horn Concerto in E-flat major, K. 495.
A fifth finalist, Eric Gan, was unable to participate in the competition due to conflicts in his schedule. Gan, 16, is a junior at A&M Consolidated High School.
Aditya Narayanan was named the winner of the 2018 competition and he performed his winning piece at the Jan 2019 BVSO Children's Concerts.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC! ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT!
This is just a sample of songs from this beautiful Holiday Program. Come hear the rest!
Guest Artists James Faith, organ The Sanctuary Choir and Canticle Ringers of CUMC CSHS Varsity Women's Choir
A Brazos Valley Classic!
The finest of the Brazos Valley’s holiday season – Music Director Marcelo Bussiki invites you to bring the entire family to hear all your classic holiday favorites, as well as wonderfully unexpected musical surprises from this highly anticipated concert. Come for the music, and stay for the treats—don’t miss the famous cookie reception immediately following the concert, graciously hosted by the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra.
Note: This event is on a SATURDAY and separate from the subscription season and is not included in the purchase price of regular season tickets. Adult and child pricing available!
Music from Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition Winner
Anderson Plink! Plank! Plunk! conducted by Student Conductor
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
Guest Artists The Dancers of Ballet Brazos 2019 Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition Winner TBD Student Conductors selected from the audience!
The area’s premiere cultural & educational experience for children.
Brazos Valley Symphony
Marcelo Bussiki, Music Director
9:30am & 11am, January 27, 2020
Rudder Auditorium, College Station
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The BVSO performs a duo from the classic of all classics: Beethoven - as the world celebrates his 250th birthday. His playful ‘Pastoral’ Symphony captures the very human need to commune with nature. The composer was known to take long walks in the woods to revitalize his spirit and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the orchestra will perform this masterpiece likened to a beautiful landscape painting, intended to capture all the emotions that nature can evoke. Next, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 — the final and perhaps grandest of Beethoven’s piano concertos:it’s virtuosic, it’s heroic, but at the same time audiences will find moments of intimacy and poetry. Cliburn Silver Medalist Kenny Broberg will interpret the Emperor Concerto for us and is forging a reputation for “a blazing intellect, impeccable technical skills, and the ability to build a strikingly imaginative program.” His fresh interpretations are complemented by a natural, honest, stage presence and “an almost miraculous array of tone qualities,” -Theatre Jones.
Contemporary composer Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring is one of the most decisively American pieces of symphonic music ever composed. Copland was able to make traditional music innovative with his use of folk hymns and melodies based on traditional American music, making classical compositions relatable to the common citizen. Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson was naturally inspired by Dickinson’s poetry and will be presented with the assistance of the always lovely and radiant soprano, Emily Pulley. Come see this groundbreaking work come to life in the hands of Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the BVSO musicians.
Another favorite composer will close this performance: Mozart composed his Symphony No. 25 when he was only 17 years old. In true teen angst form, this work is considered to be Mozart’s first “tragic” symphony and was written in a “storm and stress” style featuring dramatic emotional extremes often represented by minor keys, sudden changes in tempo, dynamics, and expressive music elements.
Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music classic based out of Austin, TX. The band has won TEN Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception, released over TWENTY albums, and has logged more than TWENTY singles on the Billboard country charts. See them as never before – backed by the full BVSO orchestra – bringing new excitement to Asleep at the Wheel favorites. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2020, “the Wheel” has driven the genre to the edge, explored new territories, picked up new passengers along the way and crisscrossed the country to the delight of fans and critics alike. Asleep at the Wheel has recently brought a fresh look, sound and new album in 2018. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, talented additions on vocals, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, and bass have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the outstanding musicianship of this seasoned group. “Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular.”- Billboard Magazine (2010)
Note: This event is separate from the subscription season and is not included in the purchase price of regular season tickets.
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SEASON 38: A Kaleidoscope of Classics
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