Support

FAQ

How can I support the Brazos Valley Symphony?

Where can I buy tickets?

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Are there seat assignments?

Can I still get reserved seating?

How much do tickets normally cost?

What if I lose or can’t find my tickets?

What time do the concerts begin?

How long do the concerts last?

What should I wear to hear the Brazos Valley Symphony perform?

When should I clap?

Who can I contact with any other questions or concerns?

 

How can I support the Brazos Valley Symphony?

Of course, making a donation, buying concert tickets, and attending fund raising events are ways to support the symphony. You can also join our support guild, called Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra to volunteer your time and talents to the organization in a meaningful way.

Where can I buy tickets?

Season ticket sales have ended, but custom package orders with reserved seating are still available for the remaining concerts. Please call the Symphony Office at 979-696-6100 or send in the order form available in the season ticket brochure. All tickets to individual concerts can be purchased through the MSC Box Office. The MSC Box Office can accomodate your ticketing needs in any way–in person, by phone, and by internet. The MSC Box Office is located in the first floor lobby of Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M University Campus. There is a small area in front that allows temporary parking (less than 20 minutes). The MSC Box Office can be reached by phone at 979-845-1234 and ticket orders can be placed by credit card for a convenience fee. The MSC Box Office can be reached by internet at http://boxoffice.tamu.edu. The regular MSC Box Office Hours are from 10am to 7pm, during semester interims the hours are 9am to 4:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the performance, see below for more information.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Last season, several of our concerts were sellouts. We plan to have tickets available at the door for each concert; however, we cannot guarantee that there will be seats available so it is always best to buy tickets in advance if you really want to attend. We know that it is not always possible and most of the time tickets can be purchased at the door. For the 2014-2015 Season, ticket prices at the door will be more than tickets purchased in advance. We suggest you purchase in advance, both to ensure that you have a seat in the case of a sellout and so that you are also able to save on ticket prices.

Are there seat assignments?

There are no assigned seats this season, but we do have a prime section reserved for season ticket holders. You are a season ticket holder if your tickets are GREEN, any other color is general seating. Both the general seating and reserved seating are first come, first serve. It is recommended that you arrive early if you want a particular spot and if you want to sit with friends it is recommended that you arrive and be seated together.

Can I still get reserved seating?

YES! Reserved seating is available by ordering a Custom Package through the Symphony Office. If you have a season ticket brochure and have not yet placed an order, the Season Ticket and Custom Package order information is enclosed. If you do not have a brochure or have sent in an order already, please call the Symphony Office at 979-696-6100 for more information and to place your order by phone. If you are a Season Ticket holder with reserved seating, this is a great way to get friends to come to a concert with you and then you can sit together in prime seating!

How much do tickets normally cost?

ADVANCE tickets to an individual concert are $39 for adults and $13 for students and children (At-door prices will be $44 for adults and $16 for students). We do sometimes have some special offers for targeted groups, please check the individual concert and tickets pages to see if any specials are currently available. We also have a group rate available for ten or more persons purchasing together through the MSC Box Office, please call 979-845-1234 to make a group purchase. Tickets at the door will cost more than tickets purchased in advance, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets prior to the day of the event.

The Holiday Concert has it’s own pricing at $25 for adults and $10 for children (high school and younger).

What if I lose or can’t find my tickets?

Please call the Symphony Office for assistance at 979-696-6100. Depending on how you obtained your tickets, the Office Manager & Patron Services Manager can assist you in identifying the most convenient way to replace your tickets.

What time do the concerts begin?

This season, the majority of the subscription concerts begin at 5:00pm on a Sunday. The only exception this year is the March concert, “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” that is on a Saturday and begins at 7:30pm. The July 4th Celebration begins just before dark.

How long do the concerts last?

Most symphony concerts are between 90 minutes and two hours long depending on the music pieces planned and may have an intermission.

What should I wear to hear the Brazos Valley Symphony perform?

That is a personal choice for everyone. At most concerts, you will see a variety of dress styles, from business attire to casual and everywhere in between. Some people prefer to dress nicely and celebrate a night out, while others prefer to wear jeans. You will not usually see tuxedos and ball gowns on audience members, but you may see men wearing suits or sport coats and women dressed up a little. A good rule of thumb is to dress as you might for church.

When should I clap?

(Excerpted from “What’s it like to experience a live orchestra concert?” at meetthemusic.org) “This is the number-one scary question! No one wants to clap in the “wrong” place. At the beginning of the concert, the concertmaster will come onstage. The audience claps as a welcome, and as a sign of appreciation to all the musicians. After the orchestra tunes, the conductor (and possibly a soloist) will come onstage. Everyone claps to welcome them, too.

In most classical concerts—unlike jazz or pop—the audience never applauds during the music. They wait until the end of each piece, then let loose with their applause. But this can be a little tricky, because many pieces seem to end several times—in other words, they have several parts, or “movements.” These are listed in your program.What if you lose track, and aren’t sure whether the piece is truly over? One clue is to watch the conductor. Usually, s/he won’t relax between movements, but keep hands raised; the attention of the musicians will remain on the conductor. After a piece has ended, the conductor may turn around and face the audience–this is a good time to clap. If in any doubt, it’s always safe to wait and follow what the rest of the audience does!”

Who can I contact with any other questions or concerns?

We are ready and able to help important audience members like you. There are two simple ways to reach us. Send an e-mail to office@bvso.org or call 979-696-6100. Please note that all programs and artists are subject to change. You can also sign up for our mailing list to receive pre-concert information and special discounts.