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Texas Music Festival at the UH Moores Opera House
Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 7:30 pm
See classical music’s rising stars take to the stage in a series of performances showcasing everything from Houston premieres of contemporary works to virtuoso settings of beloved classics at the Texas Music Festival.
The festival draws music fellows from around the globe to study and perform for an intensive one-month program that emulates the life of a professional musician.
Based at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, the 29th annual festival will feature performances by 100 gifted student musicians, distinguished conductors and faculty artists in more than 30 performances, with many free or at a nominal cost.
Featured Concerts at Texas Music Festival 2018
The highlights of this year’s Texas Music Festival are the weekly Saturday night Orchestra Series through Saturday, June 30, and the MSM Concert Chorale Send-Off Concert that closes the festival on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
Note that children 5 and under are not admitted to Moores Opera House, but all ages are welcome at the free performance of Dancing the Night Away in the Woodlands on Friday, June 23, 2018.
- TMF Orchestra Series: Heroic Statements at Moores Opera House | Saturday, June 16 – Horst Förster conducts the orchestra with guest piano soloist Timothy Hester, professor of piano and director of the Keyboard Collaborative Arts at UH, in Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83”. The program also features Piotr Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74” (Pathétique). $25; $15 for students with valid ID and ages 65 and up. 7:30pm.
- TMF Orchestra Series: Dancing the Night Away at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands | Friday, June 23 | FREE – The performance is conducted by Carlos Spierer, who held guest conducting engagements with many renowned orchestras and opera houses, including San Francisco Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Estonian National Opera Tallinn. The program features Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the iconic composer’s birth. There is no intermission in this program. All ages are welcome. 8pm.
- TMF Orchestra Series: Dancing the Night Away at Moores Opera House | Friday, June 23 – Conductor Carlos Spierer brings his exhilarating program back to the UH campus. In addition to the selection for West Side Story, both programs also feature Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2, Johann Baptist Vanhal’s “Double Bass Concerto in D Major, I”. “Allegro moderato”, and more. $25; $15 for students with valid ID and ages 65 and up. 7:30pm.
- TMF Orchestra Series: Shostakovich: First and Last at Moores Opera House | Saturday, June 30 – Dmitri Shostakovich’s first and final compositions come to life under the direction of Austrian conductor, Maestro Hans Graf, who served as music director of the Houston Symphony from 2001 to 2013. This is Graf’s first conducting appearance in Houston since he won the Grammy Award with the Houston Symphony. Russian bass soloist Nikolay Didenko, a graduate of Moscow Academy of Choral Art and former member of Houston Grand Opera Studio, will solo during “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145a”. The program also features “Scherzo No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1” and “Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10”. $25; $15 for students with valid ID and ages 65 and up. 7:30pm.
- MSM Concert Chorale Send-Off Concert at Moores Opera House | Sunday, July 1 | FREE – Catch a preview concert by the MSM Concert Chorale, under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber. The choir will be flying off to Debrecen, Hungary to compete in the Bela Bartok International Choir Competition, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious choral competitions. 3pm.
Pre-concert activities for each Orchestra Series performance at Moores Opera House include pre-performances by members of Virtuosi of Houston at and “Settling the Score”, a lecture series by noted music theorist Dr. Andrew Davis, dean of the UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts. Both start at 6:30pm.
Additional Music Series & Texas Music Festival Performances
The annual event is also marked by a series of smaller performance by talented music faculty and students from around the world. The Perspective Series is a weekly performance by the festivals faculty artists, while the Young Artist Series highlights tomorrow’s leading talent in classical music.
- Perspective Series: Faculty Chamber Music at Dudley Recital Hall | Each Tuesday Through Tuesday, June 26 – Each performance will showcase the talents of Texas Music Festival’s faculty artists. Programs will feature beautiful compositions including Strauss’s “Don Quixote for Sextet”; Schumann’s “Fairy Tales”; and a program of American composers with works by Persichetti, Copland, Bernstein, Larsen, and Ran. Tickets are $20; $10 for students with valid ID and ages 65 and up. 7:30pm weekly. Click here for more details. Click here for more information.
- Young Artist Series at Moores School of Music | Select Dates Through Sunday, July 1 | FREE – See, hear, and feel Classical music’s rising stars perform chamber music at a series of free concerts in Dudley Recital Hall at Moores School of Music. You can also cap off the series at the TMF Jazz Institute Final Concert at Moores Opera Hall, presenting a program of classical to contemporary jazz in a big band setting. Click here for more information.
Most concerts are general admission. Saturday Orchestra Series concerts are reserved seating. Single tickets are $25 and students and seniors tickets are $15. Perspective Series concerts are are $20; $10 for students with valid ID and ages 65 and up. Other performances are free.
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