Celebrating 40 years of BVSO

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Sasha Cooke’s voice can fill an auditorium all by itself, and when she’s accompanied by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (BVSO), magic happens.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, BVSO will open the season with the concert “Summer Nights,” featuring the mezzo-soprano opera singer on Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.

Two-time Grammy award winner Cooke is native to the Brazos Valley. Having performed with over 70 symphony orchestras worldwide, she will perform Hector Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights), Op 7 with her hometown orchestra. 

The BVSO will also perform Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture in E major, Op 21, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor in this concert that combines Cooke’s warm, honeyed voice with the BVSO’s expert accompaniment.

You can purchase tickets through the MSC Box Office website. Tickets cost $55 for adults, $20 for high school students and younger, and $30 for college students.

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As a sophomore journalism major at A&M, Lily Hager spent the past year officially beginning her much anticipated journalistic career. Last spring, she joined the Maroon Weekly team as an intern, and she continues now as a staff writer. Outside of studying and writing, she cares for her rabbit Fleur, maintains a jungle of indoor plants, and frequently searches for unique items at antique and thrift stores. She spends her summers working various jobs including at a candy shop, Dallas Morning News, and Pine Cove City most recently. Much of her free time is spent in coffee shops, libraries and parks to study, though she also loves creating and enjoying a cozy space at home.

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