Founded in 1990, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) marks its 25th anniversary season June 2-28, 2014, with performances by outstanding student musicians, distinguished conductors and faculty artists from all over the world.
Based at the University of Houston (UH) Moores School of Music, the one-month international music residency program will include such guest luminaries as violinist Leon Spierer and his son, conductor Carlos Spierer; the Houston debut of “Time for Three,” the world’s first classical music garage band, with drummer Matt Scarano; conductors Daniel Hege and Mei-Ann Chen; and the Houston Symphony Chorus.
“We’re dedicating our 25 anniversary season to the memory of David Tomatz, our co-founding director, who passed away this past January. “David has left an everlasting impression on the Texas Music Festival through his visionary leadership. The TMF Orchestra will perform Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ as a tribute to him, as we celebrate our 25th birthday,” said Alan Austin, TMF General and Artistic Director and a TMF participant in the Festival’s inaugural year.
TMF has become Houston’s largest classical music presenter in the month of June with nearly 30 performances, many free or at a nominal cost. Most concerts are indoors on the UH campus (Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall) and parking is free.
Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series
Renowned conductors lead the Orchestra Fellows in exciting performances of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire.
25th Anniversary Grand Finale
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The one-month international music residency program will conclude with the Houston debut of Time for Three, the world’s first classical music garage band, with drummer Matt Scarano, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen.
6:30 – 7:20 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza
6:45 – 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House
Festival Orchestra Concert
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors.
Matt Scarano, drummer
He has established himself as one of the Philadelphia region’s finest drummers. Matt has performed extensively throughout the country with many of the area’s top musicians.
Time for Three (pictured)
Time for Three, the world’s first classically-trained garage band, defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and others.
An-Lun Huang: Saibei Dance (Lantern Festival) from Saibei Suite No. 2, Op. 21
Chris Brubeck: Travels in Time for Three
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93
Pre-concert activities for each TMF Orchestra Series performance include a performance by members of Virtuosi of Houston and a lecture hosted by noted music theorist Dr. Andrew Davis, Associate Dean of the UH Honors College, Associate Professor of Music Theory, and Director of the Moores School of Music (as of June 2014).
Franz Anton Krager, UH Professor and Conductor of the Grand Celebratory Opening concert, describes the festival as a gift to classical music lovers in Houston, “The final product can be stunning, because while the students may lack years of professional experience, they meet each challenge with youthful enthusiasm and sheer determination. The audience can feel their triumph as they master these difficult works.”
TMF also showcases the talents of its faculty artists on four faculty chamber music concerts as part of its PERSPECTIVES Series (each Tuesday night, June 3, 10, 17, 24).
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’s Texas Music Festival is considered on par with renowned festivals such as Aspen or Tanglewoood.
Most concerts are general admission. Saturday Orchestra Series performances are reserved seating. 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.
All faculty, guest artist, and conductor biographies and photos may be found at http://www.tmf.uh.edu.
For all Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall concerts, unless noted otherwise.
$15 – general
$10 – student/senior
$17 – general
$12 – student/senior
Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $8 each.
FREE parking for TMF performances is available in Lot 16, across from the Moores School of Music.
2014/06/28 - 2014/06/28
Additional time info:
Pre-concert performances by members of Virtuosi of Houston begin at 6:45 p.m. “Settling the Score”, pre-concert lecture with Dr. Andrew Davis, begins at 6:45 p.m., Rm. 108 at the Moores School of Music.
Concert at 7:30pm.