Houston Summer Concerts - 2015 Schedule

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Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series

Bringing Classical music's rising stars to Houston for over 25 years.

Renowned conductors lead the Orchestra Fellows in exciting performances of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire. Please note that programs and artists are subject to change.

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Celebratory Opening

Traffic will be heavy due multiple events happening on campus that day. Concert patrons are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the pre-concert activities starting at 6:30 p.m., including performances by members of Virtuosi of Houston in the Moores Opera House Lobby and Settling the Score, the pre-concert lecture with Dr. Andrew Davis in Room 108. Free parking is available in Lot 16C, across from the Moores School of Music. Tell the parking attendant that you are here for the Texas Music Festival Concert.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

Violin virtuoso Glenn Dicterow, celebrated concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1980-2013, will headline the Grand Celebratory Opening of the 26th Season.

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby
Pre-concert entertainment

6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House
Festival Orchestra Concert

GUEST ARTISTS

Featured Works

  • John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
  • Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Festival Orchestra 2

Saturday, June 13, 2015, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

William VerMeulen, a horn virtuoso known as one of today’s superstars on the international brass scene and Houston Symphony Principal horn performs Anthony DiLorenzo's Phoenix.

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby
Pre-concert entertainment

6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House
Festival Orchestra Concert

GUEST ARTISTS

Featured Works

Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino

Anthony DiLorenzo: Phoenix Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev: Selections from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Festival Orchestra 3

Friday, June 19, 2015, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8 p.m. (June 19 performance is FREE)

Saturday, June 20, 2015, Moores School of Music, University of Houston (tickets required for the June 20 performance)

Maestro Lavard Skou Larsen leads the Festival Orchestra in a performance of the iconic Beethoven Symphony No. 5, making its TMF debut, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby
Pre-concert entertainment

6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House
Festival Orchestra Concert

GUEST ARTISTS

Yuan Tian, violin, Winner of 2015 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition

Featured Works

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

• Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 25
  Cadenza - IV. Burlesque

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919)

Grand Finale

Saturday, June 27, 2015, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

UH Associate Professor of Piano and "pianistic firecracker" Tali Morgulis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in the Grand Finale concert.

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby
Pre-concert entertainment

6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House
Festival Orchestra Concert

GUEST ARTISTS

Featured Works

Edward Elgar: Cockaigne, Op. 40 (In London Town)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Arnold Schoenberg: Pelléas and Mélisande, Op. 5