TMC Orchestra gearing up for 2011-2012 season

Aug. 1, 2011

The Texas Medical Center Orchestra is one of Houston's gems, and it is now gearing up for the 2011-2012 season. The orchestra is made up of doctors, residents, students and other medical professionals from BCM and other institutions.

"It gives us a chance to come together to share the cultural and social opportunity of playing in a first-class symphony orchestra," said long-time orchestra member Dr. Daniel Musher, professor of medicine – infectious disease at BCM.

The orchestra is a great option for people who want to attend affordable and family-friendly concerts, and proceeds from the concerts benefit local charities.

The orchestra is seeking new members, and auditions will be held Aug. 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the National Center for Human Performance on the McGovern campus, 2450 Holcombe, entrance 81. Anyone interested may contact Musher at

Members of the orchestra are expected to attend weekly rehearsals, perform at all concerts and pay dues. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m.

The first concert of the upcoming season will be held Nov. 13 at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston and will include the following pieces: "Scheherezade", full of popular melodies and famous for the beautiful violin solo which will be played by a member of the orchestra; "Festive Overture", a joyous piece that the audience is likely to recognize; and a concerto for trumpet and orchestra written by Armenian composer Alexander Arutunian, with Tony Prisk from the Houston Symphony playing the solo part.

The orchestra is directed by Libi Lebel, who trained at Juilliard and the Westminster Choir College. The orchestra's president is Ariela Alpert, LCSW, who was recognized earlier this year with an award from Houston Woman's Magazine for her contributions to the cultural life of Houston.