|How can I support the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra?|
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.
Season Tickets are currently for sale and will be until the first concert. Season Tickets will be available on-line soon or call the Symphony Office during business hours to place an order over the phone at 979-696-6100. Tickets to individual concerts are purchased through the MSC Box Office and will be available in Fall 2019. 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 if we are not sold out, see below for more information.
Last season, several of our concerts were sellouts, particularly in Rudder Theatre. 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 wish to ensure that you have a seat. We know that it is not always possible and most of the time tickets can be purchased at the door. For the 2019-2020 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.
There are no assigned seats for the majority of 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 AND ORANGE, any other color is general seating (WHITE). 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. FOR THE APRIL SEASON FINALE, we will have assigned seating in for this concert in Rudder Auditorium. This is the only concert of the season where your seats will be specified at the moment.
YES! Reserved seating is available through mid-season 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! For the April concert ONLY, you will not be able to add on tickets for others at a later time and sit together due to the assigned seating for this concert.
SEASON TICKETS are $230 for adults and $105 for students–this gets you the 5 subscription concerts but does not include the Holiday Pops Concert or the March add-on concert presenting Asleep at the Wheel, as those two concerts are purchased separately. ADVANCE tickets for most individual concerts are $45 for adults and $16 for students and children (At-door prices will be $50 for adults and $19 for students).
THE APRIL CONCERT WILL HAVE A PREMIUM PRICING SCALE which is different than all the other subscription concerts, with tickets offered at various price points from $35 to $80 depending on seating selections. There is no student ticket price available for the April concert, only the lowest priced ticket, which is $35.
We do sometimes have some special offers for targeted groups, please check the BVSO Facebook page to see if any specials are currently available or contact the Symphony Office via phone. 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. STUDENT tickets are defined as an individual that is a student in college or younger.
The Holiday Concert has it’s own pricing at $25 for adults and $10 for children (high school and younger). Please note that the Holiday Concert is not one of the tickets automatically packaged with the season, it is an add-on concert requiring additional purchase. Tickets at the door are priced higher for adults.
Another Add-on Concert for this season is the March 22nd, Asleep at the Wheel concert, pricing for this concert is set at $40 per seat. Please note that the Asleep at the Wheel is not one of the tickets automatically packaged with the season, it is an add-on concert requiring additional purchase. Tickets at the door are priced higher for adults.
Not to worry, this is usually an easy thing to fix! Please call the Symphony Office for assistance at 979-696-6100. Depending on how you obtained your tickets, the Office Staff can assist you in identifying the most convenient way to replace your tickets.
This season, all subscription concerts begin at 5:00pm on a Sunday, the only exception this year is that the Holiday Pops Concert is on a Saturday instead. The July 4th Celebration concert begins just before dark.
Most symphony concerts are between 90 minutes and two hours long depending on the music pieces planned and most have an intermission.
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.
(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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.