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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

2011 Season Schedule

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2011 Season Schedule: "Made in America"

All Texas Music Festival programs and artists are subject to change.

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Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series

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

Franz Anton Krager, conductor

Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano

Saturday, June 11, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Celebratory Opening
Festival Orchestra 1
Franz Anton Krager, conductor
Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano
Festival Women's Chorus (Kelly Turner, director)
Houston Treble Choir (Marianna Parna s Simpson, director)

David Ashley White Spirit Moving Over Chaos
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mei Ann Chen, conductor

Friday, June 17, 2011, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8 p.m. (June 17 performance is FREE)
Saturday, June 18, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required for June 18 performance)
Festival Orchestra 2
Mei Ann Chen, conductor

Jennifer Higdon blue cathedral (audio clip)
Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3 in C major

Carl St. Clair, conductor

Lachezar Kostov, cello

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Saturday, June 25, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Festival Orchestra 3
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, Lachezar Kostov, cello

Christopher Theofanidis Rainbow Body (audio clip)
Saint Saëns Concerto No. 2, Op. 119
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in E major

Carlos Spierer, conductor

Brinton Averil Smith, cello

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Saturday, July 2, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Finale
Festival Orchestra 4
Carlos Spierer, conductor
Brinton Averil Smith, cello

Antonin Dvorak Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35

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PERSPECTIVES Series

The best in chamber music curated and performed by festival faculty and guests. The 2011 PERSPECTIVES Series examines music “Made In America” and its connections to the wider world.  Covering a spectrum ranging from jazz to music by 20th and 21st century American classical composers, the series also explores Romantic works inspired by visions of America as well as favorites by Brahms and Spohr.

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Monday, June 6, 2011, Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

PERSPECTIVES 1: TMF Jazz Project
"Distinctly American"
The TMF Jazz Project is an all-star jazz orchestra composed of our state’s finest musicians.  Led by director/trumpeter Noe Marmolejo, the program features the best in what’s hot in America’s native musical idiom.

 

Monday, June 13, 2011, Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

PERSPECTIVES 2: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
"New World Visions"
Antonin Dvorak’s time in America (1892-95) generated some of his most beloved works, including the String Quintet in E-flat, Op. 95 and his Sonatina for Violin, Op. 100, both featured on this program, which also includes Robert Sirota’s Birds of Paradise and Copland’s El salon Mexico in the version for two pianos.

Performers include:
Webster Trio: Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Robert Moeling, piano
Andrzej Grabiec, Kyung Sun Lee, Lucie Robert, violin
Wayne Brooks, James Dunham, viola
Brinton Smith, cello
Jeffrey Cohen, Timothy Hester, piano

Monday, June 20, 2011, Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

PERSPECTIVES 3: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
"Sensuous Perfume"
A world premiere of David Ashley White’s new rhapsody for mezzo-soprano and piano, “As you set out for Ithaka,” virtuoso violin works by Gershwin and Vieuxtemps, and a Romantic favorite, Brahms’s Piano Quartet, Op. 25, form the pillars of this dramatic and virtuosic program, which also includes Paul Hindemith’s Cello Sonata, Op. 11.

Performers include:
Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano
Lucie Robert, Zuo Jun, violin
Rita Porfiris, viola
Kevin Dvorak,Vagram Saradjian, cello
Timothy Hester, piano

Monday, June 27, 2011, Presidential Conference Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

PERSPECTIVES 4: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
"Grand Finale"
In their day, Ludwig Spohr and Beethoven were regarded as compositional equals. Spohr's seminal Grand Nonetto for Winds and Strings reignites the debate. Descending from the traditions of Dvorak and Brahms, Arthur Foote's luscious Romantic Piano Quintet (1897) and Kent Kennan's Trumpet Sonata demonstrate the evolution of American music.

Performers include:
Aralee Dorough, flute
Randall Griffin, clarinet
Richard Beene, bassoon
Roger Kaza, French horn
Jim Vassallo, trumpet
Andrzej Grabiec, Frank Huang, Sophia Silivos, violin
Wayne Brooks, Rita Porfiris, viola
Kevin Dvorak, cello
Dennis Whittaker, double bass
Brian Suits, piano

 

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Young Artist Series

Admission to all Young Artist Series concerts is FREE. Festival participants have a chance to shine in this Houston summer concert series.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Methodist Hospital Crain Garden, 12:15 p.m. (FREE)
Le Chiavi di Bel Canto (The Keys to Bel Canto) Vocal Institute Concert
Joseph Evans and Melanie Sonnenberg, directors
Advanced young artists from the TMF Vocal Institute appear as part of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) First Tuesdays at Methodist series.

 

Friday, June 10, 2011, Dudley Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. (FREE)
Le Chiavi di Bel Canto (The Keys to Bel Canto) Vocal Institute Final Concert
Joseph Evans and Melanie Sonnenberg, directors
Advanced young artists use the Keys of Bel Canto to unlock the secrets of music by some of opera's greatest composers.

 

Sunday, June 12, 2011, Dudley Recital Hall, 2 p.m. (FREE)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Final Round
Final competition round featuring solo performances by Festival Orchestra musicians.

 

Friday, June 17, 2011, Moores Opera House, 7 p.m. (FREE)
High School and College Jazz Institute Final Concert
Noe Marmolejo, director
Talented high school and college jazz musicians perform classical to contemporary repertoire in a big band setting.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2011, UH Moores School of Music Room 160, 7 p.m. (FREE)
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Orchestra Fellows.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2011, Dudley Recital Hall, 10 a.m. (FREE)
High School Piano Institute Recital
Nancy Weems, director
Gifted high school pianists perform ensemble works.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2011, Methodist Hospital Crain Garden, 2:30 p.m. (FREE)
High School Piano Institute Recital
Nancy Weems, director
Gifted high school pianists appear as part of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) performance series.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2011, Moores Opera House, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (FREE)
High School Piano Institute Recital
Nancy Weems, director
Recitals by gifted high school pianists.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Dudley Recital Hall, 7 p.m. (FREE)
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Orchestra Fellows.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2011, Dudley Recital Hall, 7 p.m. (FREE)
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Orchestra Fellows.

 

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“Classical Minds” Guitar Festival (June 14 – 19, 2011)

Guitar Festival Recitals: tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $15 for general admission.
Guitar Festival Master Classes/Lectures: admission is FREE.

Guitar Festival Competition Finals: tickets are $5 per person.

Saturday, May 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Fundraiser concert for the 2011 TMF 'Classical Minds' Festival & Competition:
Greater Houston Guitar Guild presents Chad Ibison, international competition winner and classical guitar virtuoso. To open for Chad, two of the 'Classical Minds' Festival student assistants, Jordan Taylor and Andrew Smith, will perform on the first half of the concert. Tickets proceeds will be used toward the competition prizes and scholarships.

Raffle tickets will also be for sale, as well as an auction for jewelry, a recording package, and guitarists! Jordan Taylor, Andrew Smith, CM Assistant Director, Eric Gracia, and CM Director Valerie Hartzell will all be auctioned off to help raise scholarships and competition prizes. The winners get their own guitarist to perform a recital either at their home or business. The final auction and winners of the raffle will be announced at the June 5th recital at University of Houston.

For more information and the address/directions to this concert: Email: valeriehartzell@consolidated.net or Phone: 281-395-9066

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15 for students/senior citizens and $20 general public. RSVP only, seating is limited.

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 4 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
Fundraiser concert for the 2011 TMF 'Classical Minds' Festival & Competition:
Featured artists include Assistant Director to the Classical Minds Festival, Eric Gracia, on the first half of the concert and Jonathan Dotson, international competition winner and member of the Texas Guitar Quartet, will perform on the second half of the concert.

The final auction and raffle tickets will take place at intermission.

For more information: Email: valeriehartzell@consolidated.net or Phone: 281-395-9066

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15 for students/senior citizens and $20 general public.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 3:30 p.m, Room 160 (FREE)
MASTER CLASS:
Lynn McGrath

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m, Dudley Recital Hall
RECITAL:
Christopher Berg & Fernand Vera

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 3 p.m, Room 160 (FREE)
MASTER CLASS:
Ernesto Tamayo

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 6 p.m., Room 160 (FREE)
RECITAL:
Student participants perform works for solo guitar.

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 3:30 p.m, Room 160 (FREE)
MASTER CLASS:
Martha Masters

Friday, June 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
RECITAL:
Randall Avers & Presti Ensemble

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 3:45 p.m., Room 185 (FREE)
LECTURE:
Randall Avers: "The Music of Ralph Towner"

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
RECITAL:
Ernesto Tamayo & Martha Masters

Sunday, June 19, 2011, 1 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
RECITAL:
Small Ensembles & Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, June 19, 2011, 2:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall (Tickets are $5/per person)
Competition Finals (Junior, High School and Undergraduate division finalists)

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Ticket Information - Call 713-743-3313

SINGLE ADMISSION
For all Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall concerts, unless noted otherwise.
$15 – general
$10 – student/senior

TICKET PACKAGES
Advance purchase only.

Orchestra/PERSPECTIVES Season Pass
$75 – general
$50 – student/senior

Classical Minds Guitar Festival Season Pass
$60 – general
$45 – student/senior
$30 – auditor's day pass (includes lecture, MC and recital) (good for any day during the Guitar Festival)

Mix and Match
Choose 3, get one free.
$40 – general
$25 – student/senior
(Does not apply to Classical Minds Guitar Festival.)

Groups
Groups of 10+.
Contact Box Office for details.

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All programs and artists are subject to change.