Two major musical events start Thursday: TCU’s ninth annual Latin American Music Festival and the official inauguration of the 298-seat performance hall in the Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum. Pianist Olga Kern, winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will play the same works by Schumann, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff there on Thursday and Friday evenings.
The TCU festival hosts the national conference of the College Orchestra Director’s Association, bringing a barrage of concerts, master classes, and recitals to campus. Latin American guest artists will be featured in addition to the student symphony orchestras of TCU, West Virginia University, and Baylor University plus the TCU Percussion Band. Performances will be in TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Hall.
The festival’s highlight will be a Saturday performance at Bass Hall by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra of Caminos del Inka, described as a multimedia spectacle celebrating the music of Latin America along the Inka Trail, assembled by FWSO conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Guest artists include cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi and flutist Jessica Warren-Acosta.
All festival performances are free and open to the public except the Bass Hall concert. The Olga Kern performances are sold out. –– Leonard Eureka
Caminos del Inka is 7:30pm Sat at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St. FW. Tickets are $12.50-$65. Call 817-665-6000.