Musical Sampler Offered at Sept. 13 Collage Concert

Each fall, the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music (MSM) kicks off its performance season with a sampling of its vast talents during “Collage.” The concert offers audiences a preview of the 2012 – 13 performances and showcases nearly every faculty member and student in the school.

The event showcases jazz, opera, choral music, contemporary compositions, percussion arrangements, marching band performances and much more. This year’s “Collage” concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 in UH’s Moores Opera House (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard). Admission is free, but tickets are required. For details or tickets, contact the Moores ticket office at 713-743-3313.

Since 1998, the Moores School of Music has presented this kickoff concert. Conceived by UH conductor Franz Krager, “Collage” has become one of the most celebrated events on MSM’s concert schedule.

Buck Ross, director of the Moores Opera Center, coordinates the concert and has called it “Houston’s best variety show.”

“This is a concert unlike anything you will experience here in Houston,” he said. “’Collage’ has something for everyone, and each number flows almost seamlessly to the next. It’s definitely one of our most anticipated concerts.”

“Collage” will spotlight hundreds of UH musicians including the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, the UH Jazz Ensemble, the Moores Opera Center (performing a selection from "Rigoletto"), UH Steel Drum Band, Moores Symphony Orchestra (performing “The King of Pop,” a tribute to Michael Jackson) and the Moores Concert Chorale (singing the Beatles’ “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da”).

MSM is one of the premier music schools in America. Offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, it serves approximately 600 students annually. Areas of study include composition, conducting, performance, theory and musicology. Its faculty consists of internationally recognized performers, composers and scholars. Among its ensembles are the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, Moores Jazz Ensemble, Moores Opera Center, Concert Chorale, Concert Women’s Chorus, Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. A majority of the school’s concerts are performed in the 800-seat Moores Opera House. For more details on the Moores School of Music, visit