BVSO Enthusiastic To Welcome 2000+ Students
At Upcoming Annual Children’s Concerts
Information courtesy of Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra
Each year, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra holds an unparalleled experience for 4th and 5th grade students alongside their teacher chaperones with its Annual Children’s Concerts. For more than 2,000 children in the Brazos Valley area and some many miles away, this event serves as their school field trip for the year. Students from numerous cities and schools will be in attendance.
Music Director and Conductor Marcelo Bussiki and the professional BVSO™ musicians present the Annual Children’s Concerts, set for Monday, January 23, 2023, at Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M University campus. The event boasts two performances: one beginning at 9:30 with the second at 11:00. Each performance, approximately fifty minutes, ensures the proper length for quality entertainment and to keep the attention of its young audience. The BVSO embraces the research which shows how music enhances a child’s accomplishments in all areas of education. With a mission of the symphony to promote musical arts for both cultural and educational purposes, this award-winning program serves as a first-rate example.
What: Annual Children’s Concerts
When: Monday, January 23, 2023, at 9:30AM and 11:00AM
Where: Rudder Auditorium in College Station on Texas A&M campus
- A. Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K.216, Mvt 1
featuring Anna Kimber, winner of 2022 Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition
Getting to Know the Orchestra and its Instruments
Music Director, Marcelo Bussiki
Leroy Anderson Plink, Plank, Plunk!
featuring Student Conductor Chosen from Audience
George Kleinsinger Tubby the Tuba
featuring Larry Campbell, tuba
narrated by Greg Wise
Coordinated by FASO (Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra), this project provides curriculum materials for teachers prior to the performance. Music Director, Marcelo Bussiki, selects just the right program for the children. The goal is essentially to introduce students to orchestral music in an informative but exciting way. Also, an interactive, educational packet has been made available to allow teachers to incorporate lessons about symphonic music and orchestras into their curriculum. Complete with live links to on-line music and videos, the packet helps prepare students for the experience. View packet on-line at:
Current Co-Chairs Donna Beto and Gail Henry describe that the children are enthusiastic about the performances every year. “The teachers in the schools do a fantastic job of preparing their students before attending the Children’s Concert and that preparation is evident in the feedback we receive.”
Beto and Henry share that they “love seeing the joy in the faces of these school children before, during, and after the performance. The Children’s Concert offers an opportunity to many students who have never experienced a live performance in a concert hall. It also sparks an interest in playing an instrument or motivation to practice harder on their chosen instrument.” Children in the audience are especially enthusiastic watching fellow peers on stage. In fact, a section of the program includes one lucky student from the audience becoming the ‘guest conductor’.
Beto and Henry conclude that reaching the end of the performance, children walk away gaining a new positive experience that leaves a lasting memory while promoting the growth of the arts in the Brazos Valley community.
This program is funded in part by generous contributions from Blue Bell Creameries, the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, the Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corporation, and the Brazos Valley Community Action Programs. This annual educational outreach would not be possible without the assistance of our own Symphony Belles, and many dedicated FASO member volunteers.
Please note: this concert is an invitation only event. Reservations are arranged with schools and groups in advance of the event and is not open to the public for ticket sales.
About the BVSO: The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to maintain a symphony of high artistic standards, and to promote the musical arts for cultural and educational purposes in the Brazos Valley. For more information about the Symphony’s 2022-2023 Season, please visit the Brazos Valley Symphony Web site at www.bvso.org.