Chamber Music Festival 11th
Season Opens July 3
Festival Features Top Performing Artists from Across the USA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ONE – MIMIR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 11th
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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