The Texas Music Festival returns for the first time in three years

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The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF), a classical music and jazz festival held at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, returns after a three-year layoff due to the COVID pandemic -19. The festival offers a distinguished summer lineup, including intensive music training for budding musicians and a summer concert season for Houstonians.

The Texas Music Festival’s 2022 summer concert season runs from June 7-26. Highlights include PERSPECTIVES: Faculty Chamber Music Series (June 7, June 14, June 21), TMF Orchestra Series Performances (June 11, June 18, June 25), and the annual Cynthia Woods Competition Mitchell for Young Artists (June 12).

The full performance schedule can be viewed here.

On June 7, the daring and world-famous Verona Quartet (led by TMF alumnus Jonathan Ong, 2006) will open the season with works by Beethoven and Gabriela Lena Frank, and join the TMF faculty to perform the Mendelssohn’s beloved octet. The opening concert of the TMF Orchestra Series features Moores School faculty member and concert pianist Andrew Staupe as a soloist in George Gershwin’s lesser-known Rhapsody No. 2 for piano and orchestra, the all under the direction of Franz Anton Krager.

Houston Symphony Orchestra conductor laureate Hans Graf returns to TMF for an exciting program of music by Janacek and Bartok on June 18th. Another notable addition to the summer lineup is appearances by the internationally acclaimed Moores School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber, and the American Festival for the Arts High School Orchestra, conducted by the alumna of the Moores School, Michelle Perrin Blair. , and features the music of Houston composer Mark Buller.

As part of the strong 2022 summer concert season, the Texas Music Festival presents its Re(Discovery) Week (June 21-25), which aims to help Houstonians rediscover and celebrate the works of eminent black composers, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Dawson, through performance, discussion and appreciation. As part of the re(Discovery) Week lineup, the Texas Music Festival will present a panel discussion, pre-concert talk, and concert on June 25. Paired with music and film, the panel will explore “The Fate of Black Classical Music,” featuring: Joseph Horowitz, guest musicologist and author of Dvorak’s Prophecy and the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music; Anne Lundy, founder of the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra; and Lucius R. Wyatt, retired professor from Prairie View A&M University.

At the end of the roundtable, Houstonians will have the opportunity to hear William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony (1934), which has not been performed in Houston for over 30 years, which will be conducted by an artistic partner fame, Mei-Ann Chen.

“We are thrilled to bring the rich live music scene of the Texas Music Festival back into the lives of Houstonians,” said Alan Austin, General and Artistic Director of the Texas Music Festival. “I think more than anything, it’s a celebration we’ve had so far through the COVID-19 pandemic. These last two years have been extremely trying, but I think it’s time to take the time to celebrate our resilience with live music.

The Texas Music Festival prepares students, as well as graduate students, to develop a variety of skills that will help them pursue future careers in music. The Intensive Orchestral Institute is guided by distinguished faculty from Rice University’s Moores School of Music and Shepherd School of Music, directors and members of the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Ballet orchestras, and artists internationally renowned guests.

The festival also offers vocal institutes (Vocal Institute: Building Your Craft), a Keyboard Academy and a Jazz Institute for Houston high school stars.

To learn more about the Texas Music Festival or to purchase tickets, please click here.

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