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May 21, 2007

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Houston already has a reputation as an international city, but during June, it will go musically global.

Musicians from around the world will descend on the University of Houston for the 2007 Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF).

Each year, TMF delivers four weeks of concerts, clinics and classes that attract a collection of world-renowned musicians and rising young talents. This year’s festival runs May 29 – June 30 at the University of Houston and at selected off-campus locations.

In 1990, Houston arts patrons Immanuel and Helen Olshan founded the festival as a four-week orchestral fellowship program dedicated to developing the talents of student musicians. Since then, TMF has attracted students from around the globe and entertained local audiences with performances ranging from chamber music to jazz.

“The talent that this festival brings to campus is amazing,” said David Ashley White, director of the Moores School of Music. “Having so many brilliant musical minds in one area for four weeks energizes the university and the city, and it just gets better and better each year.”

Distinguished MSM faculty members are among the professionals overseeing TMF’s clinics and master classes. Other participants include members of the Houston Symphony and visiting artists. Students are accepted to the festival based on live and taped auditions.

TMF performances include concerts from the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Texas Musical Festival Jazz Project, the “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute and “Floot Fire” Flute Institute. Ticket prices for performances vary, and some are free for the public. For ticket information, call the Moores box office at (713) 743-3313.

WHAT: 2007 Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
WHEN: Concerts will be performed May 29 – June 30. For a detailed list of times, dates and locations, visit or call (713) 743-3167.
WHERE: Moores School of Music
University of Houston – Entrance 16
WHO: University of Houston/Moores School of Music

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