Friday, May 21, 2010

Which Houston celebrity gets to conduct an orchestra?

You decide the fate of six Houston media/chef/music celebrities. Who will be the one chosen to conduct the 95 member Texas Music Festival (TMF) Orchestra as participants in the Festival’s first-ever “Be A Conductor” contest.

The contest is going on now till June 9 on the Texas Music Festival Facebook Fan Page. The contestant who generates the greatest number of votes by the deadline will get to conduct the Festival Orchestra in the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Moores Opera House on Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m.

The candidates who are up for the conductor’s challenge are:
Nick Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Houston Chronicle and in syndication
Brent Clanton, Host of the "CNN 650 AM Radio Morning Show"
Scott Gertner, Three-time GRAMMY Award nominee and owner of Scott Gertner's SkyBar
Hugo Ortega, "Chef of the Year"/Houston Culinary Awards/executive chef of Hugo's Mexican Restaurant and Backstreet Cafe
Monica Pope, Award-winning chef/owner of t'afia restaurant and recent BRAVO TV "Top Chef Masters" participant
Miya Shay, Reporter for KTRK-TV, ABC 13 whose main focus is government and politics

I've cast my vote!

The winner of the “Be A Conductor” contest will be announced on June 10 and will receive a one-half hour complimentary conducting lesson from UH Moores School of Music Conducting Professor Franz Anton Krager. Tickets to the June 26 performance, which will feature the Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, are included in the prize package for: Saturday, June 26, 2010; Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.

The Texas Music Festival is a summer music residency program at the University of Houston Moores School of Music now in its 21st season. Advanced music students from top music schools from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries audition for the 95 spots in the Festival Orchestra.

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