Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (TMF) international music residency will launch its 2019 TMF Orchestra Series June 7-8 (TMF Week 1 is the only TMF Orchestral Series concert presented twice: Friday, June 7, 8 p.m. at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands (Free), and Saturday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. at Moores Opera House.
The 30thAnniversary Season Opener boasts 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist Kenny Broberg, a TMF Alum, who will take to the Steinway for Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. He is preparing for the prestigious 2019 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow June 18-27, 2019. The evening also includes Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, commissioned by the Houston Symphony in 1986 to honor women in the classical music world, and concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, an evocative piece that channels Sinbad and other tales of the Arabian Nights. TMF will welcome back violin virtuoso Xiao Wang, winner of its 2012 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, as guest concertmaster.
For TMF Week 2, Sat. June 15 Rossen Milanov will present a nod to the music featured in Walt Disney’s epic film, “Fantasia,” with TMF Alum hornist Ernesto Tovar Torres (horn player with The Philadelphia Orchestra) making his Texas Music Festival solo debut with R. Strauss: Concerto for Horn No. 1. Filling out the bill will be the timeless Dukas: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Wagner: “Ride of the Walkyries,” and Strauss: “Die Frau ohne Schatten Fantasy.”
For TMF Week 3, Sat. June 22 the theme will be “Simply Fantastic!” Saturday, June 22 under the baton of seven-time TMFMaestroCarl St. Clair. As a 30thAnniversary Festival tribute, St. Clairwill reprise his 2005 TMFperformance of David Heuser’s overture, A Screaming Comes Across the Sky, a TMF-commissioned work that debuted at the Festival July 3, 2005. The program also will feature Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, and the work performed by the Orchestra Fellow selected as the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition first place winnerand guest soloist.
For TMF Week 4, Sat. June 29, will be the “Grand Finale”June 29, with the epic Mahler: Symphony 6, also known as “Tragic.” Josep Caballé-Domenech, who last graced the TMFpodium in 2014, will conduct the dramatic four-movement work.
TMF draws classical music’s rising stars from around the globe to study and perform June 1 – 29 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 30th annual festival will feature performances by 93 gifted student musicians, distinguished conductors and faculty artists in more than 30 performances at a nominal cost.
Each TMF Orchestra Series concert will kick off with pre-concert musical performances by members of Virtuosi of Houston and pre-concert lectures at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. All TMF Orchestra concerts are open to the public and have general admission at Moores Opera House, UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Blvd., Entrance #16. Admission for single tickets is $25 and students and seniors tickets, $15. For the full schedule and tickets, go to www.tmf.uh.eduor call 713-743-3313.