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.
TMF Perspectives Series
TMF showcases the talents of its faculty artists in three faculty chamber music concerts as part of its PERSPECTIVES Series (each Tuesday night, June 10, 17, 24) in the Dudley Recital Hall in the university’s Fine Arts Building. Chamber music featuring TMF faculty artists and guests, celebrating 25 years of chamber music at TMF.
Tuesday, June 17
Anne Leek, oboe
Matthew Dirst, harpsichord
Dennis Whittaker, double bass
Elise Wagner, (pictured above) bassoon
Mark Hughes, trumpet
Andrzej Grabiec, violin
Lachezar Kostov, cello
Craig Hauschildt, percussion
Tali Morgulis, Luba Poliak, Brian Suits, piano
Hindemith: Concerto for Bassoon and Trumpet
Dutilleux: Les Citations
Barber: Souvenirs for Two Pianos
Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello
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 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.