Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra? + -
Of course, making a donation to the Annual Fund and the Endowment, 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 Tickets are currently for sale and will be until the first concert. Season Tickets can be purchased ON-LINE HERE or call the Symphony Office during business hours to place an order over the phone at 979-696-6100. Access printable season flyer here. Tickets to individual concerts are purchased through the MSC Box. The MSC Box Office can accommodate your ticketing needs in any way–in person, by phone, and online. 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 15 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. or online at http://boxoffice.tamu.edu. The regular MSC Box Office Hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the performance if we are not sold out, see below for more information.
Can I buy tickets at the door? + -
Yes, tickets will be available at the door as long as there are seats available. However, 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 2021-2022 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 for the classical concerts this season, but we do have a prime section reserved for season ticket holders. You are a season ticket holder or reserved seating ticket holder if your tickets are GREEN, any other color is general seating (WHITE). Both the general seating and reserved seating sections 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. Our Pops Concerts with the exception of the Holiday Pops Concert have assigned seats.
Can I still get reserved seating? + -
YES! Reserved seating section tickets are 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 Full Season, Classical Series, and Pop Series order information is enclosed. If you do not have a brochure or would like to order a Custom Package which includes three or more individual concerts, 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? + -
FULL SEASON TICKETS for the 2021-2022 season are $389.50 for adults and $305.00 for students – this gets you all 7 subscription concerts including The Holiday Pops Concert.
CLASSICAL SERIES TICKETS for the 2021-2022 season are $200.00 for adults and $120.00 for students – this includes all 4 of our classical concerts
POP SERIES TICKETS for the 2021-2022 season are $210.00 for adults and $185.00 for students
INDIVIDUAL CLASSICAL CONCERT ADVANCE TICKETS are $55.00 for adults and $30.00 for students (college age) and $20.00 for children (high school and younger) (At-door prices will be $60.00 for adults and $35.00 for students and $25.00 for children).
INDIVIDUAL POPS CONCERT TICKETS (with the exception of the Holiday Concert) are priced $65.00 – $105.00.
THE HOLIDAY CONCERT has its own advanced pricing at $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for children (high school and younger). Tickets at the door are priced at $45.00 for adults and $25.00 for children
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.
What if I lose or can’t find my tickets? + -
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.
What time do the concerts begin? + -
This season, all subscription concerts begin at 5:00pm on a Sunday.
How long do the concerts last? + -
Most symphony concerts are between 90 minutes and two hours long depending on the music pieces planned and most have an intermission.
What should I wear to hear the BVSO 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 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.