Immersed in musical milestones, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (TMF) international music residency will launch its 2018 TMF Orchestra Series with “Cosmic Beginnings,” pairing two other-worldly masterpieces, Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (think of its prominent use in Stanley Kubrick’s classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which debuted 50 years ago in 1968) and Holst: The Planets, Op 32, a seven-movement work that publicly premiered 100 years ago this year. For TMF Week 2’s “Heroic Statements” theme, classical music’s rising stars will head back to Earth with the intensity of Tchaikovsky: “Pathétique” and Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 showcasing guest piano soloist Timothy Hester. A lively program follows for TMF Week 3, “Dancing the Night Away,” highlighted by Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Capping off the TMF Orchestra Series’ commanding four-week concert series will be “Shostakovich: First and Last” with Grammy Award-winning Maestro Hans Graf leading the all-Shostakovich program that includes guest soloist Nikolay Didenko (bass) in Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti, Op. 145a. TMF draws music fellows from around the globe to study and perform June 5 – July 1 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. Each TMF Orchestra Series concert will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays June 9, 16, 23 and 30, with pre-concert musical performances by the Virtuosi of Houston and pre-concert lectures. Most concerts are general admission. Saturday Orchestra Series concerts are reserved seating. Moores Opera House, UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Blvd., Entrance #16. Admission for single tickets is $25 and students and seniors tickets are $15. For the full schedule and tickets, go to www.tmf.uh.edu or call 713 743 3313.