Texas Music Festival Celebrates Three Decades and Counting
WHEN IT BEGAN THREE DECADES AGO, the authors of the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival—commencing this end of the week at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands and the Moores School of Music at UH—couldn’t have recognized what it would turn into. The Olshans were devotees of old style music and put stock in supporting developing specialists; they saw no requirement for crowds to take off to Aspen or Tanglewood for those late spring celebrations when they could stay at home in Houston and appreciate similar sorts of top notch ensemble and chamber shows those storied celebrations were known for.
“I think [celebrating our 30th anniversary] is such a demonstration of the Olshans’ vision, and how they saw a requirement for a program this way,” said Alan Austin, the celebration’s general and masterful executive. “Their stewardship has truly made it feasible for us to be here for a long time.