“Jazz Meets Classical: Featuring Robert Walzel” concert featured in The Facts

The Facts featured Brazosport Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Meets Classical: Featuring Robert Walzel in today’s (4/1) paper in advance of the upcoming concert, scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at The Clarion.

BSO president Paula Matzke talked about the concert’s special guests (and former Lake Jackson residents) Walzel and Jill Wagner Stewart, as well as the contribution of Ryan Lindveit, who composed an original piece featuring the melodies composed by the 2022 Young Melody winners. This year’s winners are three young ladies from local elementary and intermediate schools: Evalyn Pearson, Dianaly Torres and Susanne Espinoza.

Read the story online at The Facts and THEN purchase your tickets to the concert!

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra to share stage with 2022 Young Melody winners

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert, “Jazz Meets Classical: Featuring Robert Walzel”, scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at The Clarion will feature several special guests. In addition to performances by former Lake Jackson resident Walzel, the concert will include the three winners from BSO’s 2022 Young Melody Challenge.

The annual contest invites elementary, middle and junior high students to submit their own melodies for judging. The winning melodies are given to composer and Lake Jackson native Ryan Lindveit, who creates an original song incorporating the students’ melodies.

BSO will perform the world premiere of this piece with the young composers on stage helping BSO conductor Brian Casey conduct the piece.

This year’s winners include the following students:

  • Evalyn Pearson is a second-grade student at AP Beutel Elementary in Lake Jackson. Evalyn’s winning melody is called “Ocean Evalyn“.  Evalyn’s music teacher, Ms. Narlene Plank, plays flute with BSO.
  • Dianaly Torres is a fifth-grade student at Clute Intermediate School. Dianaly’s winning melody is titled “Dianaly’s Blooming Notes“.  Dianaly’s music teacher, Ms. Marie Sanders, sings with the Brazosport College and Community Choir and has performed on stage with BSO.
  • Susanne Espinoza is a fifth-grade student at Clute Intermediate School. Susanne’s winning melody is called “Sunrise“.  Susanne’s orchestra teacher, Mr. Darren Tidwell, plays violin and is BSO’s Concertmaster.

Don’t miss out on seeing Walzel and the award-winning young composers. Reserve your seats NOW!






Evalyn with BSO conductor Brian Casey

Dianaly with Maestro Casey

Susanne with Mr. Casey

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra welcomes Lake Jackson native for upcoming concert

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra is welcoming home Lake Jackson’s own Robert Walzel in Jazz Meets Classical: Featuring Robert Walzel on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at The Clarion. This concert will also include BSO’s Young Melody Competition winners.


Since 2010, Robert Walzel has served as dean of the University of Kansas School of Music. Performing extensively in essentially all mediums featuring clarinet and saxophone, he is hailed by critics as a “remarkable clarinet virtuoso” possessing “great finesse”, a “rich, warm, focused tone” and “effortless technique.” Featured in performances throughout the United States and around the world, Walzel has performed in 30 countries and presented master classes and lectures at several of the world’s leading music schools.


Partnering with pianist Steven Glaser as the Con Fuoco Duo, a collaboration extending 30 years, Walzel has toured as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency (Department of State). A proponent of jazz and other culturally influenced music, he has premiered and recorded several new works written for him. He is featured on multiple recording labels including Albany, Navona, Con Fuoco Digital and Mark Records.


Walzel served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and as Principal Clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for 11 years prior to moving to Kansas. Previous administrative leadership positions include those at Sam Houston State University in Texas and at the University of Utah. A past president of the International Clarinet Association, he has served two full terms as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.


Walzel is a 1977 graduate of Brazoswood High School and remains grateful for the rich and supportive musical culture of the Brazosport community…particularly his foundational music teachers Ernest Clark, Rod Cannon, Herman Gauthier, Fred McDonald and his first music teacher, Iona Walzel.


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