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Texas Music Festival Takes Place June 10-July 1


Brett Mitchell, former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and now Colorado Symphony Music Director, returns to the Houston area for TMF Week 3. (Photo - Gregg Barckholtz)

Brett Mitchell, former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and now Colorado Symphony Music Director, returns to the Houston area for TMF Week 3. (Photo – Gregg Barckholtz)

Winner Of Young Artist Competition Will Perform At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Friday, June 23

The 28th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) is set to enrapture audiences on four consecutive Saturday nights June 10 through July 1 when classical music’s rising stars perform classical and contemporary works by luminaries such as Daniel Catán, Elgar, Mussorgsky, Rachman­inoff, Shostakovich and Strauss.

The TMF “Cool & Classical” Orchestra Series will showcase top pre-professional musicians as they perform with world-class conductors, soloists and faculty artists at the University of Houston (UH) Moores Opera House and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The 95 fellows from top-tier music schools and conservatories worldwide who comprise the festival orchestra are chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions.

“We’re truly mixing it up this year with some contemporary works, two of which are Houston premieres, György Ligeti: Concert Romanesc and Daniel Catán: Mariposa de Obsidiana,” said Alan Austin, TMF general and artistic director. Also being presented are Esa-Pekka Salonen: L.A. Variations; two TMF conductor debuts, maestros Andrés Franco and Brett Mitchell; a guest solo appearance by violin virtuoso Lucie Robert; and the return of maestro Daniel Hege.

TMF is a one-month international music residency on par with Aspen and Tangle­wood music festivals. It has nearly 30 performances, many free or at a nominal cost. Most concerts are indoors on the UH Main Campus (Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall).

 

TMF Week 1, Saturday, June 10

The 2017 TMF Orchestra Series will open under the baton of Franz Anton Krager, TMF music director and chief conductor, and will offer two pieces circa 1937: Percy Grainger/arr. Merlin Patterson: Lincoln­shire Posy and Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.

The evening’s centerpiece will feature Cynthia Clayton singing Catán’s Mariposa de obsidiana and Escuchame from Florencia en el Amazonas.

 

TMF Week 2,Saturday, June 17

“Orchestral Colors” is the theme for TMF Week 2, featuring Andrés Franco, music director, Tulsa Signature Symphony and assistant conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on the podium and Lucie Robert, an international recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist and professor, performing Ernest Chausson: Poéme and Maurice Ravel: Tzigane for violin and orchestra. Robert will reprise two pieces she played at TMF two decades ago for her TMF 20th anniversary concert.

 

TMF Week 3, Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24

TMF Week 3, Friday, June 23 (Wood­lands Pavilion) and Saturday, June 24 (Moores Opera House), entitled “Orchestral Variations,” marks the TMF debut appearance of Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell, known to Houston music lovers having conducted more than 100 Houston Symphony performances as its assistant conductor from 2007-11 and music director of the UH Moores Opera House from 2010-13.

The dual June 23 and 24 concerts will spotlight the student winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, who will be chosen during a free public event at UH Dudley Recital Hall on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. The winner gets a guest soloist role (work TBA) at the June 23-24 concerts along with L.A. Variations and Edward Elgar: Variations on an original theme, Enigma.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition first prize also carries an international invitation to appear as a soloist with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany.

 

TMF Week 4 Grand Finale, July 1

For the TMF Week 4 Grand Finale, “Orchestral Dances,” the Festival will welcome back Maestro Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony and guest conductor of the Tulsa Symphony. The Saturday program includes Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Maurice Ravel: La valse; and Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

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Pre-concert activities for each TMF performance include performances by   Virtuosi of Houston and a lecture by Dr. Andrew Davis, dean of the UH Kath­rine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

Saturday orchestra series performances are reserved seating and parking is free. A variety of series packages and individual tickets may be purchased online and through the UH College of the Arts Box Office, 713-743-3388. The UH Moores Opera House is on the UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Boulevard, Entrance #16.

Visit tmf.uh.edu for more information and music.uh.edu for tickets.


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