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 were 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 were selected in October 2019.
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.
Introducing this year’s finalists:
Eric Gan – 17, AMCHS Senior will perform Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 by Mendelssohn
Noah Taylor – 17, CSHS Junior will perform Concerto No.1 for Marimba and Strings, mvt 3, by Sejourne
Enrique Arellano – 17, CSHS Senior will perform Oboe Concerto in C Major, mvt 1, by Mozart
Jeremy H. No – 15, AMCHS Sophomore will perform Cello Concerto in C Major, mvt 1, by Haydn
Hannah Jeong – 13, Wellborn Middle School 8th grade will perform Cello Concerto in E minor,mvt 4, by Elgar
The winner of the 2019 competition will be announced at the end of the event and will then perform the winning piece at the Jan 2020 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!
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.
Get all your spring and summer shopping done in one place! Just in time for Graduations, Easter, Mother’s Day gifts, and summer weddings, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra presents its highly anticipated 8th Annual Premiere Market, the only upscale juried market in the seven county Brazos Valley area. The 2020 Premiere Market will be held on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th, located at the state of the art facility at the Brazos County EXPO in Bryan on Leonard Road.
The Market features upscale merchants selling unique specialty items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry and much more. The 2020 Premiere Market hours will be on from 9am to 5pm on both Friday AND Saturday!
OFFICIAL PREMIERE MARKET WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION – COMING SOON!
All proceeds go to benefit the cultural and educational programs of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) arts organization.
A Movie in Concert—Experience the iconic film again with the thrill of live music! Fans will be able to relive the epic and beloved first movie of the Star Wars saga with John Williams’ marvelously memorable music played live by our orchestra and synchronized with the movie. Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewie in the original intergalactic classic with the BVSO performing the Oscar®-winning score. Bring the entire family to see this movie on the big screen—your kids have likely not been able to see this modern cinema classic in full scale grandeur ever before, and it’s probably been awhile since you have too!
“To call the resulting event thrilling would be an understatement.” CinemaRetro
2020 Derby Day Chairs Cindy & Taylor Craigen invite you to JOIN US for The Brazos Valley Symphony Society’s SEVENTEENTH Running of this Legendary Evening!
Derby Day 2020 is within sight! This award-winning annual gala is the major fundraising effort of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, a non-profit organization that supports and maintains the high artistic standards of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. The Society promotes cultural and music education opportunities for our community and our children. Proceeds from the evening support the Symphony and help make possible the many concerts and children’s programs available to the Brazos Valley community.
Come see the Kentucky Derby, broadcast live from Churchill Downs to our fabulous location at the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The starting gates open at 4:30 pm for pre-race activities leading up to the “greatest two minutes in sports,” exciting Live Auction experiences, our famous Derby Hat Parade, a fabulous Silent Auction, incredible cuisine, and dancing to great music will complete the evening.
Derby Day has been a packed house for many years. Table placement is based on both commitment date and sponsorship level – reserve your table early for the best table placement on the floor! Table Sponsorship Information will be available soon.
BVSO Season Tickets are on sale NOW call the office at 979.696.6100! Join us as Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the orchestra display a colorful and dramatic array of outstanding live performances . . . Get ready to turn “A Kaleidoscope of Classics” in Season 38 and see all these symphonic favorites in a whole new light!