Houston Symphony to Accompany Finals of Ima Hogg Competition

Classic Arts News   Houston Symphony to Accompany Finals of Ima Hogg Competition
The Houston Symphony will accompany the finals of its Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition for the first time in 2006, the orchestra announced.

The Hogg Competition, named for a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The competition is open to all instrumental soloists between the ages of 18 and 29; winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

Next year, four finalists will perform with the Houston Symphony, conducted by music director Hans Graf, at a public concert at Rice University on June 10.

"All of our orchestra members and I want to do everything we can to further the careers of talented young musicians," Graf said. "To succeed in a competition like this will be of real value to them as they go forward. It will be a distinct pleasure for us to support them at this time in their professional lives."

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