A joyful bang

A massive sound for a celebratory opening: Notables toast Texas Music Festival first performance

A massive sound for a celebratory opening: Notables toast Texas Music Festival first performance

Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Vale Rideout, Heather Scanio, Cynthia Clayton, Hector Vasquez
Vale Rideout , Heather Scanio , Cynthia Clayton , Hector Vasquez Photo by Susan Farb Morris
Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Lucie Robert, David Ashley White
Lucie Robert , David Ashley White Photo by Susan Farb Morris
Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Alan Austin, Sheila Johnstone
Alan Austin , Sheila Johnstone Photo by Susan Farb Morris
Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Vale Rideout, Heather Scanio, Cynthia Clayton, Hector Vasquez
Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Lucie Robert, David Ashley White
Texas Music Festival, opening reception, June 2012, Alan Austin, Sheila Johnstone

The sounds of the 95-piece Texas Music Festival Orchestra accompanied by the 100-member Houston Symphony Chorus tolled the start of the month-long classical tunes summer fest. As if slapped silly by Beethoven, the Moores Opera House almost could not contain the massive force of the combined ensembles and that of the soloists called on to perform his Symphony No. 9 "Ode to Joy."

For TMF's first ever performance of this magnum opus, soprano Cynthia Clayton, mezzo-soprano Heather Scanio, tenor Vale Rideout and bass-baritone Hector Vasquez didn't hold back.

 As if slapped silly by Beethoven, the Moores Opera House almost could not contain the massive force of the combined ensembles.

Prior to the all those notes, University of Houston System chancellor Renu Khator and hubby Suresh, UH vice president Carl Carlucci and wife Cheryl, and Greek consul George Papanikolaou were recognized for their recent contributions in support of creative endeavors. 

Raising a glass to maestro Franz Anton Krager at the intimate reception were Beverly Kaufman, Immanuel and Helen B. Olshan Foundation board president David Guidry and his wife JackieLisa and Bobbie FontenotSheila JohnstoneDavid Ashley White and Becky Tobin, sporting an attention-grabbing off-the-shoulder hot pink number.