Classical Music’s Rising Stars to Shine at Texas Music Festival June 4-June...

Classical Music’s Rising Stars to Shine at Texas Music Festival June 4-June 29

Classical music’s rising stars will shine in Houston June 4-29 for the Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (TMF), with performances by outstanding student musicians and distinguished conductors and faculty artists from all over the world.  The one-month international music residency, now in its 24th season, is based at the University of Houston (UH) Moores School of Music.  TMF has grown to become Houston’s largest classical music presenter in the month of June with nearly 30 performances, with many free or at a nominal cost.  Most concerts are indoors on the UH campus and parking is free.

“Nearly 350 applicants applied for the TMF Orchestral Institute this year representing such noted music schools as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Cleveland and Peabody Institutes of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Houston’s Shepherd School and Moores School of music,” said Alan Austin, TMF General and Artistic Director as well as a former TMF participant.     According to Austin, 95 participants (Orchestra  Fellows) were  chosen  by competitive live and recorded auditions. This year’s Festival attracted musicians from seven foreign countries.

Each TMF Orchestra Series concert will kick off with an outdoor festival on the school’s Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza, featuring pre-concert musical performances by the Virtuosi of Houston, refreshments by local food trucks, and pre-concert lectures hosted by noted music theorist Dr. Andrew Davis, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Moores School of Music, and Buck Ross, Director of the Moores Opera Center.

The Orchestral Institute is the heart of the Festival, challenging participants each week with an exciting symphonic program of orchestral master works under conductors of international stature each Saturday night. “Our Orchestral Fellows live the life of a professional musician for a month, working with a different conductor and preparing a challenging new program each week during June,” stated Austin. The Festival also trains another 250 young musicians through its summer institutes for voice (Le Chiavi: The Keys to Bel Canto), high school jazz and piano, and the Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition. TMF also showcases the talents of its faculty artists on four faculty chamber music concerts as part of its PERSPECTIVES Series.

TMF  is  supported,  in  part, through  the  generosity  of  the  Immanuel  and  Helen  Olshan Foundation, created by two Houstonians who loved attending summer music gatherings in Colorado and New England.  Houston now hosts a summer music festival considered on par with renowned festivals such as Aspen or Tanglewood.

Most concerts are general admission. Saturday Orchestra Series performances are reserved. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.tmf.uh.edu and through the UH Moores School Ticket Office 713 743 3313.  Admission for single tickets is $15 and students and seniors is $10.

Highlights of the 2013 TMF season include:

• Four PERSPECTIVES: Festival Artist Chamber Music series concerts featuring innovative programming and stellar performances of classical music by Festival faculty and guest artists (June 4, 11, 18, 25)

• Conductors: Horst Foerster (Akademisches Orchester Leipzig), Franz Anton Krager (Moores School of Music), Rossen Milanov (Symphony in C), Carl St. Clair (Pacific Symphony)

• Soloists with TMF orchestra: Ted Atkatz (percussion, formerly of Chicago Symphony;

member,  NYCO),  Matthew  Strauss  (percussion,  Houston  Symphony);  the  2013

Winner  of  the  Cynthia  Woods  Mitchell  Young  Artist  Competition  (to  be  determined), Janice Chandler Eteme (acclaimed American soprano)

• A series of instrumental master classes featuring Festival faculty and guests.  For a complete listing, please visit www.tmf.uh.edu

Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition (June 12-16), with a series of recitals by world-class faculty, guest performers, and competition winners

TMF 2013 Concert Season 

PERSPECTIVES I – Festival Opener

June 4, (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston

A dynamic program of mixed chamber music, curated by pianist Brian Suits, featuring the faculty artists of the Texas Music Festival in music by Dring, Barber, Suits, Stravinsky, and Saint-Saëns.

Madeleine Dring: Trio for Oboe, Flute, and Piano; Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano; Brian Suits: March; Igor Stravinsky: Suite from The Soldier’s Tale; Camille Saint-Saëns: Septet in E flat Major for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings

Performers: Aralee Dorough, flute; Anne Leek, oboe; Randal Griffin, clarinet; Mark Hughes, trumpet; Blake Wilkins, percussion; Brian Suits, piano

Andrzej Grabiec, Lucie Robert, violin; Sheldon Person, viola; Anthony Kitai, cello, Eric Larson, double bass

June 7, (Fri.), 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE

Le Chiavi: the Keys to Bel Canto Vocal Institute

Advanced young artists use the Keys of Bel Canto to unlock the secrets        of arias and ensembles by some of opera’s greatest composers.

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 1 – Celebratory Opening

June 8 (Sat.), 6:30 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza, Moores School of Music, University of

Houston

Pre-concert performances by Virtuosi of Houston, refreshments by local food trucks, and a pre- concert lecture by Buck Ross, Director of the Moores Opera Center (6:45 p.m.).

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Franz Anton Krager, conductor Ted Atkatz, percussion soloist

Matthew Strauss, percussion soloist

Mark Anthony Turnage: Fractured Lines (Concerto for Double Percussion and

Orchestra) (Southwest premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Sleeping Beauty

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (complete ballet, original 1919 version, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its premiere)

June 9, (Sun.), 2 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE

      Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition

Final competition round featuring solo performances by Festival Orchestra musicians. Come and vote for your favorite performer to receive the Audience Favorite Award!

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL

June 11 (Tues.), 1:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, FREE

Lecture Recital: Andy Mitchell

Guitar composer Andy Mitchell reveals his own insights and a practical approach to writing for the classical guitar. Discover useful tips and tricks to help guide you through the composition process, and consider new concepts that may help you develop your own methods.

PERPSPECTIVES 2 – “Mostly Strings”

June 11 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston 

A program of Dynamic Duos and mixed chamber music featuring the string faculty artists of the Texas Music Festival in music of Schubert, Martinu, Tchaikowsky, and Britten.

Franz Schubert: Duo Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano; David Anderson: Sonata for Double Bass and Harp; Bohuslav Martinu: 3 Madrigals for   Violin and Viola; Tchaikovsky: Waltz-Scherzo for Violin and Piano;  Antonin Dvorak: Songs My Mother Taught Me; Benjamin Britten: Sonata in C for Cello and Piano

Performers: Lucie Robert, Kirsten Yon, Zuo Jun, violin; Ivo Jan van der Werff, viola; Norman Fischer, cello; Dennis Whittaker, double bass; Paula Page, harp; Timothy Hester, Tali Morgulis, piano

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL

June 12 (Wed.), 6 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, FREE

RECITAL: Solo Student Recital

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL      

June 13 (Thurs.), 11:30 a.m., Organ Recital Hall, FREE

RECITAL: Classical Minds Staff and The Plano Trio

A shared recital featuring members of the festival staff and The Plano Trio.

June 14, (Fri.), 7 p.m., Moores Opera House, University of Houston, FREE ADMISSION

HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ INSTITUTE Final Concert

Talented high school jazz musicians perform classical and contemporary repertoire in a big band setting.

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL

June 14 (Fri.), 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston

RECITAL: Kithara Duo and Julia Crowe

A shared recital featuring Texas-based husband-wife Kithara Duo with music written by Olga Amelkina-Vera, and Julia Crowe will electrify the evening with some of her own compositions for electric guitar.

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 2

June 14 (Fri.), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX, 8 p.m., FREE 

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Horst Foerster, conductor

Winner, 2013 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, soloist

Strauss: Don Juan

TBA: Solo work performed by 2013 Competition winner

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL

June 15, (Sat.), 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg., University of Houston

RECITAL: Gohar Vardanyan & Matt Palmer

A shared recital featuring virtuoso performances with Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan and American guitarist Matt Palmer.

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 2

June 15 (Sat.), 6:30 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza, Moores School of Music

Pre-concert performances by Virtuosi of Houston, refreshments by local food trucks, and a pre- concert lecture (6:45 p.m.) by Dr. Andrew Davis, noted author and Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Moores School of Music.

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Horst Foerster, conductor

Winner, 2013 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, soloist

Strauss: Don Juan

TBA: Solo work performed by 2013 Competition winner

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL

June 16 (Sun.),

            1 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE

                        Small Ensembles & Guitar Orchestra Recital           

            2 p.m., Organ Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, $10

                        Classical Minds Guitar Competition: Junior Division Finals and High School Division Finals

PERSPECTIVES 3

June 18 (Tues.), 7:30 pm., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston

More  Dynamic Duos and mixed chamber music featuring the faculty artists of the Texas Music Festival in music of Schubert, Poulenc, Mozart, with a world premiere by Peter Lieuwen (Texas A&M University). 

Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor for Piano Four Hands; Peter Lieuwen: Rhapsody for   Violin and Piano (world premiere); Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano;         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major

Performers: Jeffrey Cohen, Timothy Hester, Tali Morgulis, piano; Robert Atherholt, oboe; Elise Wagner, bassoon; Andrzej Grabiec, Lucie Robert, violin; Wayne Brooks, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello

June 20 (Thurs.), 7 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE 

Young Artist Chamber Music I

Ensembles composed of Classical music’s rising stars perform chamber music.

June 22, (Sat.), 10 a.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE

High School Piano Institute Ensemble Recital

Gifted high school pianists perform ensemble works.

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 3

June 22 (Sat.), 6:30 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza, Moores School of Music

Pre-concert performances by Virtuosi of Houston, refreshments by local food trucks, and a pre-

concert lecture (6:45 p.m.) by Dr. Andrew Davis, noted author and Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Moores School of Music.

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

TMF ORCHESTRA

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E Minor

June 23 (Sun.), 10 a.m. AND 1 p.m., Moores Opera House, University of Houston, FREE

HIGH SCHOOL PIANO INSTITUTE Final Recitals

Gifted young pianists offer polished solo performances.

PERSPECTIVES 4­ – Grand Finale 

June 25 (Tues.), 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston

A group of evocative musical portraits and a lush piano quartet by Gabriel Fauré round out the season’s chamber music series featuring the faculty artists of the Texas Music Festival.

Eduardo Toldrà: Oratio al Maig; Joan Trimble: County Mayo for Baritone and Two Pianos; Valerie Coleman: Portrait of Langston for Flute and Clarinet; Gabriel Fauré: Quartet No. 1  in C Minor for Piano and Strings

Performers: Timothy Jones, baritone; Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Richard Beene, bassoon; Timothy Hester, Lisa McCarroll, Geraldine Ong, piano; Kirsten Yon, violin; Wayne Brooks, viola; Kevin Dvorak, cello

June 27 (Thurs.), 7 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE 

Young Artist Chamber Music II

Ensembles composed of Classical music’s rising stars perform chamber music.

June 28 (Fri.), 7 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall-Fine Arts Bldg, University of Houston, FREE

Young Artist Chamber Music III

Ensembles composed of Classical music’s rising stars perform chamber music.

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 4 — Grand Finale

June 29 (Sat.), 6:30 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza, Moores School of Music

Pre-concert performances by Virtuosi of Houston, refreshments by local food trucks, and a pre- concert lecture (6:45 p.m.) by Dr. Andrew Davis, noted author and Associate Professor of Music Theory in the Moores School of Music.

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

Texas Music Festival Orchestra

Carl St. Clair, conductor

Janice Chandler Eteme, soprano soloist

Strauss: “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major

All programs and artists are subject to change.

Conductor, composer, faculty bios and photos are available at:

www.tmf.uh.edu OR www.class.uh.edu/music/texasmusicfestival/about/index.html

Orchestra Fellow bios and photos available May 1 at: www.tmf.uh.edu/about/participants.html

FACT SHEET

WHO:                         Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHAT:                      24th Season Summer Concerts

WHEN:                      June 4 – June 29, 2013

WHERE:       Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall (Fine Arts Bldg.)

University of Houston Main Campus (I-45 at Cullen Blvd., Entrance #16) Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77380

TICKETS:*   Available on line: www.tmf.uh.edu

Through venue box offices: 

UH Moores School Ticket Office       713-743-3313

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion       FREE at door

Single tickets:  $15 – general admission, $10 – student/senior (unless otherwise noted). All Orchestra, PERSPECTIVES, Classical Minds Guitar Festival concerts.

Season Pass (advance purchase ONLY):

                        Orchestra Series/ PERSPECTIVES Series Season Pass

(4 Orchestra Series Concerts/4 PERSPECTIVES Series Concerts)

                        $75 – general, $50 ­­– student/senior

* Please contact venue to determine seating policies for children under 5.

PARKING:   Moores School of Music, Free parking: www.uh.edu/class/music/events-performances/index.php

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion       Free/paid parking: www.woodlandscenter.org/parking.html

EVENT CONTACT:           Moores School Ticket Office  713-743-3313

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 713-629-3700

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