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Texas Music Festival
The University of Houston
Moores School of Music
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017
Phone: 713-743-3313
Fax: 713-743-3166

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Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series

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

Renowned conductors lead the Orchestra Fellows in exciting performances of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire.

25th Anniversary Celebratory Opening

Due to multiple events happening on campus on June 7, please allow extra time to get to campus and also for parking. Free TMF parking has been reserved in Lots 16F and 16C, across from the Moores School of Music. Mention to the parking attendant that you are here for the Texas Music Festival concert.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza
Pre-concert entertainment

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

GUEST ARTISTS

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Franz Anton Krager

conductor

American born and trained conductor, Franz Anton Krager, has made his artistic presence felt both at home and abroad with performance engagements in some of the world's most celebrated concert halls and musical centers. Learn more


Cynthia Clayton

Cynthia Clayton

soprano

American soprano Cynthia Clayton is an audience favorite in opera houses throughout the United States and overseas for her critically acclaimed performances of roles. She has been a professor of voice at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston since 2005. Learn more


Melanie Sonnenberg

Melanie Sonnenberg

mezzo-soprano

Melanie Sonnenberg has impressed the music world with her distinctive mezzo soprano interpretations, ranging from the bel canto to the French and Russian repertoire. She is recognized for her commanding dramatic and vocal skills. She has built a diverse operatic repertoire of nearly fifty roles. Learn more

Houston Symphony Chorus

Houston Symphony Chorus

The Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. Each season the volunteer chorus prepares and presents great choral-orchestral masterworks under the baton of conductors of international acclaim. Learn more

 

Charles Hausmann

Charles Hausmann

director

Dr. Hausmann - HSC's director - has prepared and conducted the Chorus for more than 500 concerts. Since he became director of the Chorus in 1986, he has collaborated with many of the world’s great conductors. Learn more

Featured Works

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Resurrection)

 

Festival Orchestra 2

Friday, June 13, 2014, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8 p.m. (June 13 performance is FREE)

Saturday, June 14, 2014, Moores School of Music, University of Houston (tickets required for the June 14 performance)

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza
Pre-concert entertainment

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

GUEST ARTISTS

Carlos Spierer

Carlos Spierer

conductor

Carlos Spierer has held guest conducting engagements with many renowned Orchestras and Opera Houses, including San Francisco Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Estonian National Opera Tallinn. Learn more

Leon Spierer

Leon Spierer

guest concertmaster

Leon Spierer served as 1st concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 1993 under the batons of principal conductors Herbert von Karajan and Loren Maazel, among others. Learn more

 

Winner, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition

 

Featured Works

  • TBD: Concerto to be performed by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Winner
  • Richard Wagner: The Ring Without Words

 

Festival Orchestra 3

Saturday, June 21, 2014, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza
Pre-concert entertainment

6:45 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

GUEST ARTISTS

Daniel Hege

Daniel Hege

conductor

Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. Learn more

 

Featured Works

  • Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (The Inextinguishable)
  • Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
  • Béla Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19

 

25th Anniversary Grand Finale

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Moores School of Music, University of Houston

6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza
Pre-concert entertainment

6:45 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108
Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture

7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House

GUEST ARTISTS

Mei-Ann Chen

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. Learn more

 

Scarano Matt

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. Learn more

Time for Three

Time for Three

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. Learn more

 

Featured Works

  • 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