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Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series kicks off in Houston June 8

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When visiting Houston in June be sure to explore the 24th season of The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival ®. This is a one-month international music residency that features performances by outstanding student musicians, distinguished conductors and faculty artists from top music schools and conservatories from all over the world. During June they will offer nearly 30 performances, including free concerts!

The 2013 Orchestra Series kicks off with the Celebratory Opening this Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The evening's program includes:

  • Mark Anthony Turnage: Fractured Lines (Concerto for Double Percussion and Orchestra),
  • Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Sleeping Beauty
  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (complete ballet, original 1919 version, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its premiere)

The percussionists for the Turnage piece are Ted Atkatz and Matthew Strauss. Atkatz is a classically trained percussionist formerly of the Chicago Symphony who left the symphony to start the band NYCO. His band was the subject of a 2008 NY Times article and its music has been featured on MTV and in advertising for Volkswagen and JC Penney. The band released its third full-length album in 2012 entitled Future Imperfect. Atkatz is on the TMF Faculty, as well as Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

Strauss is a percussionist with the Houston Symphony. He is also Timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, and is currently on faculty at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and at the Texas Music Festival.

The Orchestra Series continues through June 29, 2013. Parking is free at the UH Moores School of Music. Ticket prices vary and are available at the box office or online. Before you plan your visit check online for the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival® Season Schedule.

The University of Houston
Moores School of Music
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017

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