The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 17, 1999, Image 3

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A2322 v.105:no.141 The 6 ^The Battalion Aggielife Page 3 • Thursday, June 17, 1999 exas Music Festival features orchestral performances p throa: eterinar BY BRIAN FLEMING The Battalion or the past 10 years, the Texas Music Festival has brought to the Texas A&M community the opportunity to experience the arts, frhe Festival includes many events, all of which give audiences an opportunity to hear some of the greatest music history has to of fer, while simultaneously providing an im pactful learning experience for all involved. ■The Texas Music Festival first began in Houston under the title of the Lyric Art Fes tival. Conceived in 1984, it has since grown to be a well-known celebration of music. _£l_Hsince that first concert season, the Festi val has featured internationally known alists and ensembles, members of the ;i [IIHouston Symphony and Houston Grand *LvOp^ra Orchestras and performing faculty from the University of Houston Moores f£LL School of Music. 1988, the Lyric Art Festival expanded to also entertain the students and faculty of Gr N Texas A&M University when festival orga- », nizers formed a partnership with the Col lege' of Liberal Arts. ■Werner Rose, coordinator of the Texas A&M concerts of the Texas Music Festival and professor of music, witnessed the fes tival’s growth. ■“Over the 10 years, I have seen it get bet ter. The arts level has grown and it has be come well-known,” Rose said. / Rose said bringing the Festival to Texas A&M was a good idea because it provides ( j an opportunity for students at A&M to hear . T classical music. TluJ “There is also local high school involve- j ment as well,” Rose said. "I? event takes P^ce over Ihc course of ;; June. There are many concerts, six of which are :lt: performed in College Station. The remainder of the events take place in Hous eel alii lent ton. ■ The festival attracts people from all over the world to take part in the events, which include in tense master classes and concerts featuring some of the world’s premiere artists. ■ “Auditions are held internationally. Once students are accepted, all they have to do is get to Houston,” Rose said. MFrom that point, students from many places in cluding Mexico City; Kamakura, Japan; New York City and Sugar Land, Texas (to mention a few), study and perform in the south Texas area. HOn June 21, the music festival will present “An Evening with Violinist Andrzej Grabiec & Friends.” Grabiec, an internationally recognized performer and educator, will perform various works by such com posers such as Mil haud, Bacewicz Brahms. Also performing in the June 21 event is Rose, whose talent not only has impacted the A&M com munity, but the international community as well. “Pianist Werner Rose proved a treasure in inter pretation and dynamic control,” a press release from Australia said. The festival will return to the Brazos Valley June 25 and 28 following Monday’s events. These events will feature such works as “Sym phonic Dances” from Wesf Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and “Symphony No. 5” by Tchaikovsky. The music festival has become widely respected in the south Texas area over the years. A 1998 Festival audience information survey of 98 attendees said that of those surveyed, 28 were stu dents at A&M and 67 were residents of local com munities and other communities as well. This event serves as a useful pedagogical tool for A&M professors as well. “All teachers make the concerts an intricate part of the summer music courses at A&M,” Rose said. JEFFERY SMITH/The Battalion “For many students, it’s the first time to hear this mu sic.” “I feel that we need to keep the prices reasonable,” Rose said. “For the money, it’s the best deal in town.” The Texas Music Festival is a long-standing tradi tion in this area. It offers a variety of music at reasonable prices and provides a learning experience as well. For anyone who loves music, seeks enrichment, and values culture, the Texas Music Festival is a per fect outlet. r od .eA veb June 845' ! 1 /TV EdiW' Editor inioo - ity dus EdiW 3 prod 1 Ivo, les;#' iriurfl eier. auxJf, cn Pi> ck - uW**.: Fax 8^ k) natin^f [OUISS 1 ®*' lion-RiSf. -imef. 111 ' Da/twrf’ Just scraping by! Save % with your student ID. At Half Price Books we are offering you a 10% discount on new and used books, videos, software & more when you present your valid student ID. 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