The Woodlands, TX – Conductor Horst Foerster raises the baton to lead more than 100 gifted young artists in the June 24 performance of the TMF Orchestra at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion beginning at 8 p.m. This free performance marks the festival's 16th appearance at The Pavilion in as many years.
This year, the TMF Orchestra performs “Romantic Treasures” that includes the world premiere of Jefferson Todd Frazier’s “We hold these truths…” with guest soloist John Weinel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from “The Snow Maiden” and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. The program also includes a special solo performance from this year’s winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner is determined the evening of this performance.
The premiere of Frazier’s “We hold these truths…” is part of TMF’s “New Texas Overtures” initiative, a series of new compositions by four voices among Texas’s rising generation of composers. Frazier was asked to write an overture or prelude for TMF’s June 24 performance.
Young professionals and talented advanced students from the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Asia, Central and South America come together at the home of the Texas Music Festival in the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. The festival, established in 1990 by Immanuel and Helen Olshan, provides these musicians with an environment that allows them to develop skills and techniques in orchestral and chamber music, with component guitar, jazz, flute, and keyboard institutes.
The program takes place over a period of four weeks, during which the students reside at the University of Houston and receive instruction from distinguished artists from the Moores School of Music, members of the Houston Symphony, and internationally recognized guests. After four weeks of training, the TMF Orchestra joins together for a stunning performance at The Pavilion.
Foerster is currently the professor of conducting at the Berlin Music Academy. He is the founder and conductor of the Leipzig Academic Orchestra and the former music director of the Schwer Philharmonic and Loh Orchester Sondershausen. Foerster has also conducted many successful tours with well-known orchestras in East Europe, Russia, Canada, Scandinavia, and the Far East. An active musicologist and historian, Foerster’s prizes include the National Prize for the Promotion of Music and the Leipzig Mun Arts Prize. This year, he leads the TMF Orchestra in a performance that is sure to tug at your heartstrings and reveal your “Romantic Treasures.”
Ira J. Black, noted music scholar and college professor, hosts Pavilion Talk, a free discussion with insight into the evening’s performance, from 7:15-7:45 p.m. in The Pavilion’s North Plaza. Guests also have a chance to register to win a free dinner from Tommy Bahama’s at an upcoming performing arts event, as part of the Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House” promotion. Gates open at 7 p.m. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free and complimentary lawn chairs are available.
Prepaid, preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage located off Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Garage parking tickets can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2005 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by The Houston Chronicle, The Wortham Foundation, The Pavilion Partners, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.