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Houston Symphony Broadcasts

Live Broadcast of Ima Hogg Competition on Classical 91.7

Young musicians perform live at annual competition.

Moran Katz, 2013 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition gold medal winner. Moran Katz, 2013 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition gold medal winner.

Aspiring musicians from across the globe compete in the finals concert of the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition live on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 on Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. from the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Hall on the campus of Rice University.

Named in honor of the former co-founder and president of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is consistent with Miss Ima Hogg’s passion for fostering and rewarding young talent. Since 1976, through the support of the Houston Symphony League, the competition has provided performance opportunities for and launched the careers of aspiring musicians ages 13-30 who play a variety of orchestral instruments.

As part of this year’s Ima Hogg Competition activities, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn moderates a panel discussion Thursday, May 29 (during the Ima Hogg Competition Semi-finals) at noon in Room 1133 of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Panelists will discuss “The Value of Competitions,” exploring how they serve as a way to identify, encourage and provide awareness of outstanding talents.

The panelists taking part in the discussion will be Frank Huang, Houston Symphony concertmaster; Shelly Power, director of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy; David Ashley White, director of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston; and Diane Zola, director of artistic administration at Houston Grand Opera.

This panel discussion is free and open to the public.