BSO’s upcoming concert to feature world premiere of “Cinderella” from Composition Contest winner

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2021-2022 season on Saturday, February 19 (postponed from Feb. 5) at The Clarion at Brazosport College. “Playing With Fire” will feature popular fire-themed music such as Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from “Firebird Suite”, Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and the concert suite from “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” (Doyle & Williams). In addition, BSO will perform the world premiere of “Cinderella”, Gabriele Cardinali’s winning composition from the 2022 Composition Contest.

Each season, BSO’s Philip Walker organizes and promotes this contest for amateur composers. In addition to receiving a cash prize of $500, the winning composer has the honor of having their piece performed live by BSO. More times than not, BSO’s performance is the world premiere of the winning piece. Walker, who also holds the principal Tuba position with BSO, received 50 submissions this season from composers in 13 different countries. Cardinali’s piece was chosen as the winner this year, and BSO is honored to be the first live orchestra to perform one of his compositions.

Gabriele Cardinali is a self-taught composer born in 1976 in Rome, Italy. Cardinali began composing simple music in middle school, where he also learned to play the clarinet. As classical music scores became more available via the internet and home recording equipment more affordable, he was able to gradually shift his talents to his true love of composing for orchestra. He has always been interested in the sound of objects rather than their shape or color.

Today he feeds his passion by studying famous scores in a constant attempt to improve his technique. Cardinali uses a sequencer to compose and considers it decisive support in improving harmony, solfeggio and orchestration. When he isn’t composing music, Cardinali, a graduate of computer accounting, works as a senior analyst and software programmer for public accounting.

Cardinali’s winning composition, “Cinderella”, was created to accompany the 1922 silhouette animation film “Aschenputtel” (Cinderella), directed by Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger and produced and photographed by her husband, Carl Koch. Reiniger was a gifted artist and a true pioneer of cinematic animation. Her fascination with Chinese paper cutting techniques, costuming and photography led to her creation of a new genre of silhouette films.

Cardinali composed this piece to feature a variety of atmospheres through a wide spectrum of timbres.  His “Cinderella” is meant to take listeners back to their child-like sense of wonder.

The orchestra will perform “Cinderella” as the film plays overhead on the Clarion’s big screen.  Maestro Brian Casey will use a click track provided by the composer to keep the musicians in sync with the film.  A click track is a recording including audio cues, much like a metronome, that is used to synchronize the music with the moving images on screen.

“Gabriele Cardinali has constructed a brilliant piece of music to accompany the 100-year-old film,” Casey said. “The textures and moods, captivating melodies and dramatic special effects create a remarkable audio/visual experience. The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra is proud to perform the world premiere of Cardinali’s work, ‘Cinderella.’”

Tickets are on sale now online or may be purchased at the door at The Clarion box office.  Ticket prices are $25 for adults, with discounted tickets available for seniors/veterans for $22 and students for $16.

Annual Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artist Competition Announced

2021-2022 Season 

$1,000 Prize to the Young Artist of the Year 

Prizes also awarded to each category division winner. 

Open to Brazoria County music students grades K-12. Auditions on string, brass, wind, percussion, piano or voice. 

Application deadline: January 12, 2022 

Auditions: January 30, 2022; 2:00 PM; The Clarion Concert Hall at Brazosport College 

Winners may be invited to perform with BSO: May 7, 2022

Click here for guidelines & application.

For additional information contact your Orchestra, Band, or Choir Director or private lesson music teacher.

On Sale Now: Tickets for Brazosport Symphony Orchestra’s “Handel’s Messiah: A Christmas Concert”

The holiday season is officially upon us and it’s time to get your tickets to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Christmas concert, scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 PM at Brazosport College’s The Clarion! The concert will include Handel’s Messiah, “Joy to the World”, “A Christmas Festival” medley, “The Christmas Song”, “Greensleeves”, “Sleigh Ride” and more!

BSO will also welcome:

  • Brazosport College Choirs, directed by Ben May, Assistant Director of Choral Activities
  • Soloist Tony Stewart, Supervisor of Choral Activities & Assistant Fine Arts Coordinator at Angleton High School
  • Soloist Elaina Perez, Associate Choir Director at Angleton High School

Click the button below to purchase your tickets online. Or call 979-265-7661 or stop by the Box Office during regular business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday).

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra Virtual Fundraiser Slated for Sept. 9-11

Join Brazosport Symphony Orchestra on September 9-11 for the 2nd annual, amazing, magnificent, musical “DOWNBEAT! START THE MUSIC” online fundraising event!

BSO’s “DOWNBEAT! START THE MUSIC” virtual fundraiser will feature a silent auction filled with a variety of unique and interesting items, a raffle (top prize is a top hat containing over $1000 in gift cards), exciting musical performances from the BSO and the new online BSO Market! You will have the opportunity to bid on our huge selection of auction items, vote for your favorite section of the orchestra, sponsor the Conductor and Concertmaster and shop at the BSO market, which will include links to our vendors’ websites where you can get a jump on your Christmas shopping!

Most importantly, your participation and support will help ensure that our beloved community orchestra will have the necessary funds to continue its work providing cultural, educational and musical activities in our community. 

The Facts featured the event in Wednesday’s (9/8) edition with “Help Brazosport Symphony Orchestra ‘start the music’ with virtual fundraiser” on the front page!

Join the fun and support the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra!  Click the links below for detailed registration instructions and get registered for the event in advance. Join us as we reach new audiences and supporters in our worldwide, online fundraising event!

Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artist Competition Winners Featured in The Facts

The Facts recently published a feature story about the student musicians who played with Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in its final concert of the 2020-2021 season on May 15. Nine young artists were selected as winners of the 2020 Whit Phillips Memorial Young Artist Competition and the following five played with the Symphony during the concert: violist Sandhya Mahesh, oboist Zen Smith, and pianists Grayson and Naomi Vernor and Hans Aggarwal.

Check out The Facts online for the full story.

(Photo of student musician Hans Aggarwal by Prentice C. James for The Facts.)