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TMF begins 11th season this week

By Romina Kim
Daily Cougar Staff

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival is kicking off its 11th season of orchestra and chamber music performances this week.

Every year, TMF presents a series of faculty concerts and performances by students who work with noted guest directors and distinguished soloists. The festival is based at UH's Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music and is presented in cooperation with Texas A&M University and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

TMF began in 1990 along with the Moores School of Music. At that time, Houston and the South had no summer music programs.

"The Texas Music Festival was created by Immanuel and Helen Olshan, who felt a need for a summer school for young talented musicians to go to," explained Alan Austin, TMF's general manager.

The four-week residence program gives young professionals and talented students at the high school and college level the opportunity to work on developing their musical skills in orchestral and chamber music performances.

"It is a chance to have a very intensive orchestra training, perform with world-famous conductors and soloists, and have private lessons with distinguished teachers," Austin said.

All participants are chosen by audition and come from across the United States and Mexico, Canada, Asia, Europe and Central and South America.

Of 300 applicants for the orchestra this year, 80 people were chosen, which Austin said made for fierce competition.

Most of the TMF performances will take place at the Moores Opera House on campus.

"The Moores Opera House is one of the best spaces in the Houston area to hear music because of its perfect acoustics and its beauty," Austin said.

For more information on the festival, visit or e-mail Concert tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at (713) 743-3313.

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