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Mimir Chamber Music Festival 11th Season Opens July 3

2008 Festival Features Top Performing Artists from Across the USA

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Mimir Chamber Music Festival, recognized as one of the premiere classical music events in the Southwest region opens its 2008 season Thursday, July 3 at the PepsiCo Recital Hall on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Drawing top performing artists and young musicians from across the country, the two-week festival (July 3-11) will offer five distinctly different and exceptional chamber music performances for the public – and a rare opportunity for talented aspiring musicians to learn from prominent guest artists. The annual Festival is hosted by the TCU School of Music.

The impressive line-up of artists for 2008 includes members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, TCU School of Music faculty and internationally acclaimed concert artists including Van Cliburn International Competition Gold Medalist José Feghali and Leeds Piano Competition winner Alessio Bax.

Mimir Festival public performances are July 3, 5, 6, 8 and 11 at the PepsiCo Recital Hall on the TCU campus. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. The concert series kicks off with all-Beethoven evening on July 3 featuring works from the composer’s later career. Other performances will feature works by a variety of composers from Bartok and Grieg to Shostokovich and Schubert and will include a performance of the original version of Mozart’s piano concerto for string quartet plus piano.

The Mimir Festival also provides a training ground for artists of tomorrow, and a unique glimpse at the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing world-class chamber music. This year, 18 Young Artists have been accepted to participate in the 2008 Mimir Festival, selected through live auditions held through the United States.


The 2008 Mimir Young Artists come from some of the finest music programs in the country, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Southern California, University of North Texas, DePaul University, Rice University, SMU Meadows School of Music and TCU School of Music. Nearly half of the 2008 Mimir Young Artists are international, originating from Bulgaria, China, Japan, Korea, Poland and Peru.

During the two-week festival, the young artist-musicians will participate in daily coaching sessions and Master Classes with professional guest artists and faculty members. The public is invited to attend the Master Classes, as well as a special concert on Thursday, July 10 when Young Artists will perform. Admission is free to both.

The annual Mimir Festival, attracting growing audiences each year, is considered a highlight of the Texas summer music scene and has received impressive recognition in the regional and national press. Concert performances from the 2007 Mimir Festival season were named to the “Top 10” lists of classical music events of the year by both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Mimir Festival is also included in the New York Times’ prestigious 2008 “Summer Stage” listing of important classical music venues around the country.

The Mimir Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1997 by executive director Curt Thompson, Associate Professor of Violin at TCU and is supported by a committee of local volunteers, arts patrons and classical music fans, along with the TCU School of Music.

Tickets for Mimir Festival concerts are $25 for general admission and $20 for seniors, students, TCU faculty/staff and Star-Telegram PressPass holders. Tickets are available by calling (817) 257-5443 or through the festival web site at www.MimirFestival.org .

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Contact: Curt Thompson