When Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra Musical Director Marcelo Bussiki created the program for the 2014-2015 season, Season 33 for those who’ve been supporters from the very beginning, he had one thing on his mind: stars, of all kinds, would fill out his season. The BVSO announced recently that season tickets are on sale for a season filled with exceptional music, known as “A Season of Stars.” Internationally acclaimed musicians, gifted physicists and distinguished military veterans will offer their gifts and talents to the BVSO audience.
Maestro Bussiki has been the music director and conductor since 1996,. In the past 17 years he’s continued to build constituency and strengthened the exceptional caliber of artists who join for his 18th, and best, season yet.
The concert season, officially sponsored by St. Joseph Regional Health Center, includes five events, and will take place either at Rudder Auditorium or in Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M University campus. A separate bonus Holiday Pops Concert separate from the season, starring Emily Pulley, will take place at Christ United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are extremely reasonably priced at $60 for Subscription Priority Seating for student tickets, and $170 for an adult season ticket. Donations over and above the cost of season tickets are what drive the symphony budget. Year-round various fund-raisers, including a golf tournament coming up in October.
Concert dates are:
Oct. 26, 2014 – Sasha + Beethoven = Sensational (featuring Grammy winner Sasha Cooke)
Nov. 9, 2914 – Love, Drinking & Gambling (featuring Bronwen Forbay, Randall Umstead, and Michael Kelly)
Dec. 14, 2014 – Holiday Pops Concert (featuring Emily Pulley)
Feb. 8, 2015 – James Dick Unleashes the Emperor (special guest artist, James Dick)
Mar. 28, 2015 – It’s a Galaxy Far, Far Away (special guest artist, Dr. Brian Greene)
Apr. 26, 2015 – Civil War Tribute (special guest artist, Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.)
Single concert tickets are available as well, priced at $39 for adults, and $13 for students. All donations above the costs of ticket s are considered tax deductible. Maestro Bussiki and his outstanding orchestra look forward to welcoming first-time patrons as well as welcoming back longtime season ticket holders.
Back in the day symphony music lovers used to have to drive to Houston to hear first-rate quality music, but today, look for the flood of traffic coming down Highway 6 this direction. The sky’s the limit and the season is filled with stars.
Sasha + Beethoven = Sensational
A native of College Station who has become an internationally beloved mezzo-soprano, Sasha Cooke opens the 2014-2015 BVSO season performing Mahler’s “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 and “Songs of the Wayfarer.” She studied locally with Kearby Etheredge and while local audiences love to remind her she’s from “here” the Grammy winner belongs to the music world. Young audience members will enjoy hearing Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6, F Major, Op. 68, as they’ll have heard it in the Disney movie “Fantasia.” The season opener begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 26, 2014, in Rudder Theatre. Concert funding is sponsored by “Fund-a-Concert Donors from Derby Day 2014, the successful event that took flight for the BVSO after Allen Academy founded this signature event locally several years ago and it was adopted a year later by the BVSO and since has become synonymous with the BVSO, adding a charming Hat Parade to the event, always a crowd-pleaser. Hint: anytime Connie Wortham is in a hat, she wins because she always has the best ones! Running for the roses brought Sasha Cooke back home.
Love, Drinking, and Gambling
What a provocative title to feature the works of Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” when the BVSO welcomes guest artists, soprano Bronwen Forbay, tenor Randall Umstead, and baritone Michael Kelly to Rudder Auditorium, at 5 p.m. Nov. 9, 2014. A full evening of music talent will include the voices of the Brazos Valley Chorale, the Texas A&M Century Singers, the Blinn College Choir, and the Brenham Children’s Chorus. Maestro Bussiki also holds the title of Dean, Visual and Performing Arts, for Blinn College’s Bryan campus. St. Joseph Regional Health Center is title sponsor.
James Dick Unleashes The Emperor
Symphony music and classical appreciation have been impacted in the Brazos Valley by no one more so than James Dick. The founder of Round Top and transforming an out-of-the-way venue into a destination getaway and musical spiritual journey of sorts is a testament to this pianist who could tour all year and make his mark. Instead, he’s driving the hour-long destination and make Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” his very own. Mozart’s Overture from “The Magic Flute” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, B minor, D. 759 are on the list of gifts the BVSO will share with the community. A lifetime treasure to symphony music, and signature supporter of the BVSO and Round Top, Rose P. VanArsdel is the underwriter for this concert, which is set for Feb. 8, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.
In a Galaxy Far, Far Away w/ Dr. Brian Greene
If you are a big fan of “The Big Bang Theory” then you’ll recognize Dr. Brian Greene, as he narrates “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” “the story of a young man who runs away from his deep-space home to explore a black hole,” per the BVSO season brochure. The concert that will be “Out of this World” will include the BVSO performing John Williams’ Star Wars work. The Texas A&M Century Singers will return and join the orchestra for Gjello’s “Sunrise Mass.” Dr. Greene’s area of expertise is string theory, of course, and Jim Parson’s character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, has been trying to master string theory in an on-again/off-again, love/hate relationship with his research topic. Dr. Greene will likely inspire many young attendees to consider particle physics in their future courses of study. The concert is made possible as part of the Physics and Engineering Festival presented by the TAMU Department of Physics & Astronomy and Aerospace Engineering Departments. Research stars and BVSO stars will play the music of Hollywood stars, if you will, on Mar. 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. Sponsor for the concert is KBSI, for Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
Civil War Tribute w/ Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.
The season finale for the BVSO is a spectacular Civil War Tribute, in commemoration of the 150th anniverary of the American Civil War, with guest narrator, Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets, who will offer Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” together with the BVSO. The evening begins at 5 p.m., Apr. 26, 2015, at Rudder Theatre. They may have to move it to the auditorium if demand for tickets is as expected. includes Bilik’s “American Civil War Fantasy,” Custer, “The American Frontier,” Williams’ “Lincoln Soundtract Suite,” Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell,” Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” and Edelman’s “Gettysburg Symphonic Suite.” The BVSO reminds us that if we watched Ken Burns’ PBS series “The Civil War,” audiences will recognize Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell.”
Holiday Pops Concert w/ Emily Pulley
What a great excuse to bring College Station native and beloved soprano Emily Pulley back home for the holidays than the Holiday Pops Concert, to be held Dec. 14, 2014 at 5 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. The concert also features Dr. James Faith on organ, the ever-resplendent Sanctuary Choir of CUMC, as it’s known here, as well as The Canticle Bells of CUMC, plus the College Station High School Varsity Girls Choir will offer everything from music you’ll love to hear, and others to which you are invited to sing along. The concert is hosted by FASO, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra, and is a definite BVSO community tradition. A reminder that this concert is not part of the season ticket package, so get your seats for adults and children early, online, at bvso.org. The concert is underwritten by Sterling Auto Group, Spirit of Texas Bank, and Systek Computing.
Brochures for the upcoming BVSO season began arriving in local mail on Sat. Sept. 20, 2014, but if you didn’t receive yours yet, call the Symphony Office at 979-696-6100 or connect at email@example.com for more information. Many generous gifts and grants have been provided to make this season possible, including the City of College Station, the City of Bryan, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, Art Works, Texas Commission on the Arts, as well as media partners KAMU-FM, The Eagle, ABC40-TV, KBTX-TV, and KAGS-TV