BVSO will pay tribute to conductor Marcelo Bussiki with a concert with Latin flavors | Local News

The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to musical director Marcelo Bussiki after 25 years with the symphony with a “Latin flavor” concert, featuring his favorite compositions.

The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on March 27 at the Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M campus.

Bussiki was born in Cuiaba, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil, and where he began to study music. He moved to Rio de Janeiro at age 14 to finish high school, then went to college in a major metropolitan center.

“From an early age, I felt there was something captivating in orchestral music. It was not uncommon for me to lead an imaginary orchestra while listening to the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky among others,” Bussiki said. “After my second year at university, I decided that what I really wanted was to be a musician. I started taking private conducting lessons with a small group of very dedicated students. Since we didn’t have an orchestra at our disposal, we used to swap places, some of us playing our instruments while others conducted and vice versa.

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He continued his conducting studies under Maestro Roberto Duarte at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After his studies, he was appointed musical director of the orchestra of the Federal University of Mato Grosso for six years. Bussiki was named a Knight of the Ordem de Merito de Mato Grosso in recognition of his pioneering work in cultural expansion and musical education.

He came to the United States in 1992 on a Brazilian government scholarship and studied at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. From 1994 to 1996, he led the university’s New Music Ensemble, then earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the university in 1998. In 2011, he became an American citizen and the 25-year-old resident of Bryan recently moved to downtown Bryan to be closer to local attractions and the arts scene.

“On a very deep personal level, I love this community for the kindness, love and support it has given me over the years. This community has allowed me to further develop my strengths as a builder of organizational and institutional structures,” Bussiki said. “It’s also unsettling, but paradoxically comforting, to live in a community that sets very high standards for artistic and intellectual expectations. to stick to continuous change and improvement for myself and for the symphony.

Matt Prochaska, chairman of the BVSO Symphony Board and the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation, said Bussiki’s celebration of BVSO’s 40th anniversary couldn’t have come at a better time.

“He picked some of his favorite music with us and that makes it really special. We hope and believe we’ll have Marcelo here for a long time,” Prochaska said. “He’s just incredible talent, incredible leadership, and we’re very grateful to have him in the Brazos Valley. It is important for us to celebrate him and what he has done to celebrate the arts for our community all these years.

After moving to Aggieland, Bussiki was also offered a part-time faculty position at Texas A&M and later taught part-time at Blinn College.

“When an administrative position as Director of the Fine Arts Division opened up in Blinn, I decided to apply and was selected. Over the years, I was promoted to dean of fine arts for the entire district, and in 2018 I was named vice chancellor of academic affairs for the district of Blinn College,” he said. . “This position is responsible for all academic transfer programs across six divisions, all transfer joints for the college, all distance learning or programs, and the office of student success.”

During his tenure at the BVSO, he conducted several concerts at Round Top’s International Festival Institute. He was conductor of the first International Guitar Festival from 2005 to 2007 and again in 2016. Bussiki was also honored as “Artist of the Year” by the Brazos Valley Arts Council in 2014.

BVSO executive director Mary Koeninger said the symphony was pleased to honor Bussiki.

“This is a major achievement for Marcelo and for the symphony orchestra and we just couldn’t be more excited,” she said. “We are happy to celebrate this wonderful birthday with him.”

Bussiki said that because of his Latin American roots and because he loves this music, he felt it was a good opportunity to celebrate with the community by performing a “repertoire outside the mainstream, of a delicious and festive”.

To purchase tickets, go to bvso.org/concerts or call 845-1234. Tickets are $55 for adults, $30 for students, and $20 for children 18 and under.

The BVSO will also hold an Abba concert at 5 p.m. on April 24 at the Rudder Auditorium.

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