Texas Music Festival

Friday, June 20, 2008
Doors open at 7pm, Concert begins at 8pm
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX

Join us for a free concert as more than 100 gifted musicians, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion June 20 for a family-favorite filled with great music. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m.

The festival is a University of Houston's Moores School of Music summer orchestral training program. Participants (Orchestral Fellows), chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions, are advanced students and young professional musicians who come from throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Asia, Canada, Central and South America. The Orchestral Fellows study and rehearse under the guidance of an international faculty of artists/teachers and conductors who also perform on the festival's Distinguished Artist Series concerts.

On June 20, under the direction of Christoph Campestrini, these young artists perform Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, and Shostakovich's "Festive Overture, Op. 96." The program also includes a special solo performance by this year's winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner is determined the night of the performance.

Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 is scored for full orchestra with flutes, oboes, clarinets, horns, drums and strings, just to name a few. The piece has four movements. The first movement can be described as brooding, mysterious and dramatically intense. The second movement is "vigorous to the point of abandon." Then the piece reaches its emotional climax in the third movement, after an interlude of horns and violin solos followed by clarinets. The final movement is grand and sweeping, carrying with it the essence of the work.

Shostakovich's "Festive Overture" is described as colorful and thematically appealing, but a lighter version of Shostakovich's "typical" work. The symphony is scored for flutes, clarinets, horns, percussion and more. The overture begins with a short piece of music with brass instruments, followed by a fast melody. The strings take up this melody and the piece reaches its climax. Then the music reaches a more lyrical melody with the horns and cellos, keeping with the tempo throughout the rest of the piece.

Come early and enjoy pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza beginning at 7 p.m., including The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and hands-on activities provided by Mosquito Nix. Also enjoy a free discussion about the evening's performance with Ira J. Black, a prominent music scholar and college professor, as he hosts Pavilion Talk from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Tommy Bahamas booth to enter the "Best Seats in the House" and Fidelity Investments "Seat Exchange" promotion. The first 500 guests to enter the gate receive a free t-shirt.

The Texas Music Festival is a free event, sponsored in part by Houston Community Newspapers and The Pavilion Partners. Picnics are welcome (no beverages) and lawn chairs are available for free. Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office. Guests also can park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

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