Free outdoor family fun! The July 4th Celebration Concert is part of a cooperative event, providing all day activities for the entire community organized by the College Station Noon Lion's Club, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the BVSO. The annual "I Love America" Celebration includes: children’s activities and displays, discounted museum admission, and a patriotic symphony performance by the BVSO presented by H-E-B, Wells Fargo, and Union Pacific will be topped off with a fireworks display. Come celebrate our nation's birthday in style with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Perfect for family and friends spending the holiday together!
This concert is presented in conjunction with the College Station Noon Lions Club "I Love America" Celebration beginning at 5:30pm that day.
Free parking is available at Fan Field, the gravel parking lot on Research Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus. There will not be shuttles from West Campus Garage or Reed Arena. Handicapped parking is available in Lot 41 in front of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum entrance.
Come early and bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Please, no pets or glass containers.
BASIC SCHEDULE--CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES: 9:30 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. -- The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum open with free admission all day 5:30 p.m. -- Concession Stands Open 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. -- Kids' Zone open with games/bounce houses 6 p.m. -- Live entertainment TBD 8:35 p.m. -- Patriotic Outdoor BVSO Concert begins 9:30 p.m. -- Fireworks Show
Concert is weather permitting and program is subject to change. Visit Bush Library website closer to event date for maps and parking info.
The Brazos Valley Symphony & Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra announce:
21st 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 28, 2018, all entries must be received at the symphony office or postmarked by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018. CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
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 in the Brazos Valley Symphony Office by close of business on September 28, 2018 if hand delivering, postmarked by September 28, 2018 if mailing. Late entries will be rejected. The entry must be submitted on compact disk. There should be NO markings on the entry disk.
- 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 11, 2018 at 3pm at a TBD location. A piano accompanist is provided for the finals and the piano will be provided. 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 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 21st Annual Youth Concerto Competition
Join Music Director Marcelo Bussiki and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 Season Opening Concert with the Canadian Brass! The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun. The program for this season opener will include a full range of music, from Bach to Gershwin, plus special arrangements created just for the Canadian Brass.
The 21st Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition will be November 11, 2018 at 3pm at TBD Location.
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 2018 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.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC! ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT!