Libi Lebel, Artistic Director
Texas Medical Center Orchestra Named
“Best Community Orchestra” in the United States
We are pleased to announce that the Texas Medical Center Orchestra (TMCO) has been awarded The American Prize as
the best community based orchestra in the United States for the 2016-2017 season. Recently, TMCO won Third Place in
The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the Performance of American Music, community division 2016.
This award was for their performances of Bernstein - Candide Overture, Ron Nelson – Savannah River Holiday and Grofe – Mississippi Suite.
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States
at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.
RBC Gran Fondo Texas Charity Bike Ride Absolute Success
The 2017 RBC Gran Fondo Texas charity bike ride was an absolute success generating record contributions to the Texas Medical Center Orchestra (TMCO) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each organization received a donation of $42,500 at the May 20 TMCO concert at the Hobby Center.
The RBC Gran Fondo Texas charity bike ride was founded in 2011 and this year’s event was held in Montgomery, with over 1,200 riders participating. Over the past seven years, it has had nearly 9,000 riders making it one of the largest rides recommended by the National MS Society as a lead-up ride to the BP MS 150 Houston-to-Austin event. Since inception, the ride has contributed more than $360,000 to the two charities. Both TMCO and the National MS Society are qualified charities under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. More information about RBC Gran Fondo Texas can be found at www.granfondotexastmco.com.
Pictured Below: Kelli Dreiling , Vice President of Development, National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Houston, Rick Lewis, Chairman, RBC Gran Fondo Texas, Ken Sebek, Executive Director, Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Texas Medical Center Orchestra was founded in 2000, and is one of the few community orchestras in the United States to be based in the medical community. Each year, TMCO performs concerts in the Crain Garden Lobby of Houston Methodist Hospital and various locations within the Texas Medical Center as well as in premier concert halls in Houston.
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Hobby Center, Zilkha Hall
RBC Gran Fondo Texas is a BP MS 150 recommended ride on April 15, 2018 in Montgomery, TX. All of our net proceeds are given to the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the National MS Society. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. Each year the RBC Gran Fondo relies on nearly 200 volunteers to help create a great rider experience.
For registration, volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please go to https://granfondotexas.org/home
Veteran’s Day Concert
The Texas Medical Center Orchestra is collaborating with the Medical Musical Group of Washington D.C. for a very special Veteran’s Day Concert on November 10, 2018 at the beautiful Miller Outdoor Theatre. TMCO leadership is thrilled to offer this concert free to the public to celebrate the service that our veteran’s have given to our country.
World Doctor’s Orchestra
Texas Medical Center Orchestra is preparing a first-of-its-kind event. TMCO will collaborate with the World Doctor’s Orchestra for two performances in the summer of 2019. This will be the first time that the WDO will perform with
any other musical group. The WDO is comprised of physicians from across the globe who will unite for these very special concerts.
The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—Semi-Finalists,
Community Orchestra Division, 2017-18
Great News! The Texas Medical Center Orchestra has just been selected as a semi-finalist in the community orchestra division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. The American Prize will be announcing finalists in our division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize.
TMCO was selected as a semi-finalist in the community orchestra division of The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the performance of American music for our performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. As you may recall, TMCO was awarded 3rd place last year and we are very proud to return as a semi-finalist this year.