The season finale of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra’s unforgettable 34th season will be Sunday, April 24, at 5pm in Rudder Theatre. This concert, sponsored by Population and Survey Analysts, will feature some of the greatest works from one of the quintessential American composers, George Gershwin. Guest artist and pianist Alexandre Dossin will perform the Gershwin classic, Rhapsody in Blue, with the BVSO. The concert will close featuring a performance of An American in Paris.
Maestro Marcelo Bussiki described this concert simply as, “A whole lot of good Gershwin!” The orchestra will be large and the stage will be full of the professional musicians of the BVSO. “It’s a big orchestra, this is the biggest one of the season. It calls for everything.”
What: “Non-Stop Gershwin”
When: Sunday, April 24, at 5pm
Where: Rudder Theatre on Texas A&M University Campus in College Station Program: Gershwin Crazy for You, Selections arr. Brubaker Gershwin Porgy and Bess — A Symphonic Picture arr. Bennett Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin An American in Paris Guest Artist Alexandre Dossin, piano Concert Sponsor Population and Survey Analysts
The Guest Artist, Alexandre Dossin, is an accomplished Brazilian pianist who has performed in the area to much acclaim. It was suggested by one of our patrons that he be brought back to make an unforgettable impression on audiences again.
“I enjoy performing this work both in its solo version, and in the piano and orchestra version. The richness of melodic material, the rhythmic power, the amazing sheer fun of being on stage performing this work, all of these make Rhapsody in Blue a special work in my repertoire,” says Dossin. In order to prepare for the performance, Dossin says, “The main challenge is how to achieve a nice balance between the ‘jazzy’ elements, while still keeping my ‘classical’ approach. As a classically trained pianist, I don’t perform jazz professionally, I really enjoy listening to it, and occasionally do some improvisation on my own, for fun. In my opinion, the best performances of Rhapsody are those which find the perfect balance between styles and don’t go overboard one way or another.”
Audiences will find Gershwin’s music to be accessible and enjoyable. “Gershwin’s compositions will be one of the highlights of the 2015-2016 Season. Audiences love his signature sound and will find it all familiar and fun — this will indeed be a popular concert and we encourage everyone to get their tickets early,” says Executive Director Mary Koeninger. “Plus, we will also announce for the very first time, the program line-up for the upcoming 2016-2017 Season! So, it’s just another reason why you won’t want to miss this concert,” says Koeninger.
BVSO patrons can attend the free pre-concert talk at 4pm just prior to the performance in the Rudder Theatre Complex. Ann Thompson, a popular lecturer who has also presented with the Houston Grand Opera, will again present her delightful and witty insights into the composers, the history, and meaning behind the music. Get there early to ensure you have a seat at these extremely popular sessions. Then after each subscription concert, a patron social hour at Napa Flats will keep the enjoyment going to top off an exquisite evening of culture and entertainment. The Maestro and guest artists are scheduled to attend these socials as well.
Individual tickets to all concerts are on sale now at the MSC Box Office, $39 per adult and $13 per student in advance; $44 per adult and $16 for students at the door. Call (979) 845-1234 or go online to boxoffice.tamu.edu. Call the Symphony Office (979) 696-6100 with any further questions.