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    American Festival for the Arts: Conservatory Orchestra Closing Concert

    Presented by at Memorial High School Performing Arts Center

    July 24, 2010

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    American Festival for the Arts: Conservatory Orchestra Closing Concert

    Clifton Evans (UT-Arlington) returns to Houston to lead the AFA Conservatory Orchestra in the closing concert of the 2010 season, the American Festival for the Arts: Conservatory Orchestra Closing Concert. This exciting performance will include Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Respighi's The Pines of Rome, and An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Generously Underwritten by OMNIBANK, N.A.

    Founded in 1993 by Houston composer and arts advocate J. Todd Frazier, American Festival for the Arts (AFA) provides high quality, community-based music education programs and performance opportunities designed primarily for youth and, through its concert series and outreach, seeks to broaden the audience for both American works and the Classical music repertory.

    Held in Houston, Texas, since 1995, the AFA Summer Music Conservatory has been acclaimed as an outstanding opportunity for musicians from throughout Southeast Texas to work with a nationally known faculty of composers, conductors, performers and educators. Hosted by Houston ISD’s Pershing Middle School and featuring programs in orchestra, chamber music, choir, vocal studies, jazz, piano and composition, the Summer Music Conservatory auditions and enrolls more than three hundred 4th through 12th grade students representing over one hundred schools throughout Southeast Texas each year. The AFA Summer Concert Series presents as many as twenty free concerts each summer throughout the Bayou City.

    Launching in 2010, the AFA Academy and Houston Girls Chorus are year-round music education and performance programs for instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages. The Academy offers instruction in choral music, chamber music and music theory from Houston’s finest professional musicians and educators - many of whom come to AFA through collaborations with AFA’s arts partners, including Houston Grand Opera HGOco, Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Academy classes take place after school or on weekends and culminate in concert performances by both students and faculty at the end of each session.

    The AFA Scholarship Enrichment Fund provides students with both need-based and merit tuition assistance as well as transportation support to ensure that students have access to all of AFA’s programs regardless of their socio-economic background. In 2009, almost two-thirds of all AFA students received assistance. AFA is dedicated to the belief that financial hardship should never be a barrier to enriching a child’s life through music.

    Memorial High School Performing Arts Center

    935 Echo Lane
    Houston, TX 77024

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    Admission Info:

    FREE of charge, open to the public. No tickets needed, no assigned seating.

    General Day and Time Info:

    4:00 PM

    Phone: 713-522-9699


    On site parking available.

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