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Zen Master Launches Newest Book in Contemporary Zen Studies Series September 14 – 17 in Houston

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Master Miao Tsan Living Truth CoverHiResHouston – Sept. 3, 2014 . . . . Zen Master Miao Tsan, Abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery and international lecturer and author, returns to Houston September 14 – 17 to launch Living Truth: The Path of Light (Bright Sky Press, Sept. 2014), his newest book in a series of contemporary Zen studies. In it, the Venerable Master explains the essential wisdom of Zen as it applies to one’s daily life, including how Truth is the universal principle that underlies the full range of human experiences.

Master Miao Tsan will join such preeminent leaders and educators as Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of General Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D, Co-Founder and President of Contemplative Network, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Institute for Spirituality and Health and adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas, Bill Kerley, Ph.D., psychologist and spiritual teacher who utilizes Jungian insights in his work, and Ken Jones, Associate Director of the UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, to engage and lead public dialogues, dharma talks and programs at Rothko Chapel, The Women’s Institute of Houston, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and C.T. Bauer College of Business University of Houston (UH), among the Houston-area venues.

“Thoughts, emotions and feelings are simply tools. It is up to us to use them or be used by them. Every single thought can affect our physical body, life and relationships. Therefore we must examine our own lives as our sole creation, and learn to cultivate the right thought to have the right result,” he says.

Master Miao Tsan’s multidisciplinary programs, open to the public, will include signings of Living Truth: The Path of Light. Events are free with RSVPs e-mailed to events@miaotsan.com, unless designated otherwise.

The week will begin Sunday, September 14, 9:30 – 11 a.m. with Master Miao Tsan returning as a guest lecturer on the topic of “Mysticism” at Bill Kerley’s weekly “Ordinary Life” class at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 South Main – Fondren Hall. That afternoon, from 4-6 p.m., in his first-ever program at The Women’s Institute of Houston (WIH), the Master will share the ultimate truth as expressed in Zen Buddhist teachings, bringing peace, harmony and oneness to our lives. He will provide advice on how to incorporate the practice of meditation into daily life. There will be an opportunity for open dialogue and a short guided meditation at WIH, 2202 Avalon Place. Registration fee is $35; go to http://wih.org/lectures/living-truth-the-path-of-light/
Master Miao Tsan will offer two public presentations in the Texas Medical Center facilitated by Alejandro Chaoul. In “Meditation As A Tool to Manage Stress and Remain Compassionate for Healthcare Professionals,” Monday, September 15, Noon – 1 p.m. at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, (6431 Fannin Street, MSB B. 100), he will discuss key takeaways when it comes to meditation and managing stress, as well as techniques to remain compassionate in the ever-shifting healthcare landscape with physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and hospital support staff, as well as students in the healthcare field. That evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will meet with the Friends of Integrated Medicine (FIM) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 7435 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054, South Campus Research Building 2, Conference Room 5-6, to discuss “Meditation Tips and Practice from a Zen Master.”

Friends of Integrative Medicine works to raise awareness within MD Anderson Cancer Center and the larger Houston community of the important role complementary and integrative medicine can play in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.

On Tuesday, September 16, 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will join Deacon Hesse for “Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – Can a person be a Zen Christian?,” an interfaith dialogue at University of St. Thomas (UST), Crooker Center, First Floor – Ahern Room, 3909 Graustark. Space is limited; lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to events @miaotsan.com or call 281-589-0810, ext. 8921 by Tuesday, September 2. That Tuesday, September 16 evening at 6 p.m., Master Miao Tsan will lead a Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk and Twilight Meditation” at Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street. A $10 donation to Rothko Chapel is suggested.

UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Ken Jones will welcome Master Miao Tsan to discuss ““Mindful Leadership: Practical Methods for Calming and Focusing Your Mind for Successful Leaders” Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, UCBB Building, 4744 Calhoun Road, Student Training Center Room 328 on the 3rd floor. The Master will explore insights into how mindful leadership allows for improved decision-making and adaptability that drives innovation and embraces diversity in the workplace and in the world.

Master Miao Tsan is the author of Just Use This Mind, The Origin Is Pure, Intrinsic Awakened Nature, and Directly Actualize Buddhahood. The founder and abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in Garden Grove, California, he possesses profound insight into the essence of Zen and has dedicated himself to its propagation and practice. He conducts meditation courses, Zen-Seven and Zen-Three retreats and teaches at universities and medical centers in China, Taiwan, Mexico and the United States. His goal is to open a universal path of wisdom and light by leading people from every tradition toward an understanding of the Truth that transcends time, race and religion and is without exception.
For additional information go to www.miaotsan.com/events/ or to register for any of the programs, please contact Adrianne Poyet-Smith, (281) 589-0810 x8921 or e-mail events@miaotsan.com.

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(Updated 9/3/14)
Master Miao Tsan Living Truth Calendar of Events/Houston – Sept., 14 – 17, 2014
Events are free with RSVPs e-mailed to events@miaotsan.com, unless designated otherwise.

When: Sunday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 South Main, Fondren Hall (2nd Floor – Jones Building

Program: Zen Master Miao Tsan will speak on “Mysticism” to Bill Kerley’s weekly “Ordinary Life” class

When: Sunday, September 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: The Women’s Institute of Houston, 2202 Avalon Place – Houston 77019
Program: “Living Truth: The Path of Light” – Lecture and Guided Meditation by Venerable Master Miao Tsan, who will share the ultimate truth as expressed in Zen Buddhist teachings, bringing peace, harmony and oneness to our lives. He will provide advice on how to incorporate the practice of meditation into daily life Sunday, September 14, 4-6 p.m., 2202 Avalon Place. There will be an opportunity for open dialogue, as well as a short, guided meditation. Registration fee is $35.
Registration: http://wih.org/lectures/living-truth-the-path-of-light/

When: Monday, September 15, Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: University of Texas Medical School at Houston – Texas Medical Center, 6431 Fannin Street, MSB B. 100, Houston, Texas 77030, for additional details, visit www.miaotsan.com/events/
Program: “Meditation As A Tool to Manage Stress and Remain Compassionate for Healthcare Professionals” – Presentation by Venerable Master Miao Tsan, who will share practical applications with those involved in healthcare–physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, hospital support staff and students –with regard to key takeaways when it comes to meditation and managing stress, as well as techniques to remain compassionate in the ever-shifting healthcare landscape.
Facilitator: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Integrative Medicine Program in the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Associate faculty at the McGovern Center for the Humanities and Ethics.

When: Monday, September 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 7435 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054, South Campus Research Building 2, Conference Rm. 5-6
Program: “Meditation Tips and Practice from a Zen Master” – Master Miao Tsan will meet with the Friends of Integrated Medicine (FIM) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to discuss Meditation and Health. Friends of Integrative Medicine work to raise awareness within MD Anderson Cancer Center and the larger Houston community of the important role complementary and integrative medicine can play in cancer prevention and in helping those with cancer live better and longer.
Facilitator: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Integrative Medicine Program in the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Associate faculty at the McGovern Center for the Humanities and Ethics.
Reservations: Suggested donation to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Friends of Integrated Medicine

When: Tuesday, September 16, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: University of St. Thomas, Crooker Center, First Floor – Ahern Rm., 3909 Graustark
Program: “Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – Can a person be a Zen Christian?” an interfaith dialogue with Master Miao Tsan and Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D, Co-Founder and President of Contemplative Network, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Institute for Spirituality and Health and adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas
Reservations: FREE; lunch provided via RSVP to events@miaotsan.com or call 281-589-0810, ext. 8921.

When: Tuesday, September 16, 6 p.m.
Where: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street
Program: “Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk and Twilight Meditation” with Venerable Master Miao Tsan
Reservations: www.rothkochapel.org
Suggested $10 donation to Rothko Chapel

When: Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: University of Houston, UCBB Building, 4744 Calhoun Road,
Student Training Center Room 328 on the 3rd floor
Program: “Mindful Leadership: Practical Methods for Calming and Focusing Your Mind for Successful Leaders” – UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Ken Jones will welcome Venerable Master Miao Tsan to explore insights into how mindful leadership allows for improved decision-making and adaptability that drives innovation and embraces diversity in the work place and in the world

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Texas Music Festival Announces 22nd Season: “Made in America” Theme for Jazz and Classical Summer Concerts, Master Classes and Seminars

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Conductor Mei Ann Chen Return to Texas Music Festival

Conductor Mei Ann Chen Return to Texas Music Festival

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Photo ID: Memphis Symphony Conductor Mei Ann Chen, who made her Texas Music Festival Orchestra debut as a guest conductor in 2010, will return this season to conduct the FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Sat., June 18 at the Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m. The pieces will be Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral and Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 in C Major. (The attached photo of Mei Ann Chen is from her appearance at the 2010 Texas Music Festival.)

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Houston, TX – April 21, 2011…The Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (TMF) announces its 22nd season, “Made in America,” with performances by the Festival Orchestra (Orchestra Series), faculty artists (PERSPECTIVES Series: Chamber Music and Jazz), institute participants (jazz, piano, voice), and the Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition.
Covering a spectrum ranging from jazz to music by 20th and 21st century American classical composers, each Orchestra and Perspectives Series examines music “Made In America” and its connections to the wider world. The Festival theme also presents important Romantic works inspired by visions of the New World as seen through the eyes of Antonin Dvorak.
Based at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, the Festival, June 6 through July 2, presents nearly 50 public performances, master classes, and seminars in venues throughout the Houston area and at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The Texas Music Festival’s Orchestral Institute participants, chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions submitted by more than 450 applicants, are approximately 95 advanced students and young professional musicians who come from such noted music schools as Northwestern University, the Peabody Institute, Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute, and Houston’s Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) and the Moores School of Music (University of Houston). This year’s Festival also attracts participants from 14 foreign countries: Poland, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong.
The TMF Orchestral Fellows study and rehearse under the direction of an international faculty of conductors and artists/teachers who also perform on the PERSPECTIVES Series concerts, presented weekly at Texas A&M University and in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston.

Highlights of the 2011 season:
• Four PERSPECTIVES: Festival Artist Chamber Music and Jazz series concerts featuring innovative programming and stellar performances of jazz and classical music by Festival faculty and guest artists
• Conductors: Mei Ann Chen (Memphis Symphony Orchestra), Franz Anton Krager (Moores School of Music), Carl St. Clair (Pacific Symphony Orchestra), and Carlos Spierer (Giessen Symphony and Opera, Germany)
• Soloists with orchestra: Melanie Sonnenberg, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Brinton Averil Smith, Houston Symphony principal cello, and Festival winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition
• A series of master classes in all instruments, featuring Festival faculty and guests. For a complete listing, please visit our web site www.tmf.uh.edu
• Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition (June 14-19), including recitals by faculty, guest performers, competition winners

TMF 2011 Concert Calendar
Includes Festival Orchestra Series, Perspectives Series, Young Artist Chamber Music, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and Institute Concerts.

June 6 (Mon.), Presidential Conf. Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
June 7 (Tues.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES 1: Texas Music Festival Jazz Project
“Distinctly American”
The TMF Jazz Project is an all-star jazz orchestra composed of our state’s finest musicians. Led by director/trumpeter Noe Marmolejo, the program features the best in what’s hot in America’s native musical idiom.

June 10 (Fri.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m., FREE
Le Chiavi di Bel Canto (The Keys to Bel Canto) Vocal Institute Final Concert
Joseph Evans, Melanie Sonnenberg, directors
Performances by advanced young singers from the Bel Canto Institute.

June 11 (Sat.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Celebratory Opening
Franz Anton Krager, conductor
Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano soloist
Festival Women’s Chorus (Kelly Turner, dir.)
Houston Treble Choir (Marianna Parnas Simpson, dir.)

David Ashley White: Spirit, moving over chaos
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor

June 12 (Sun.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 2 p.m., FREE
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Final Round
Final competition round featuring solo performances by Festival Orchestra musicians.

June 13 (Mon.), Presidential Conf. Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES 2: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
“New World Visions”
Antonin Dvorak’s time in America (1892-95) generated some of his most beloved works, including the String Quintet in E-flat, Op. 95 and his Sonatina for Violin, Op. 100, both featured on this program, which also includes Robert Sirota’s Birds of Paradise and Copland’s El salon Mexico in the version for two pianos.

Performers: Webster Trio (Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Robert Moeling, piano), Andrzej Grabiec, Kyung Sun Lee, Lucie Robert, violin; Wayne Brooks, James Dunham, viola; Brinton Smith, cello; Jeffrey Cohen, Timothy Hester, piano

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(multiple events)

June 14 (Tues.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES 2: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
“New World Visions”
Antonin Dvorak’s time in America (1892-95) generated some of his most beloved works, including the String Quintet in E-flat, Op. 95 and his Sonatina for Violin, Op. 100, both featured on this program, which also includes Robert Sirota’s Birds of Paradise and Copland’s El salon Mexico in the version for two pianos.

Performers: Webster Trio (Leone Buyse, flute; Michael Webster, clarinet; Robert Moeling, piano), Andrzej Grabiec, Kyung Sun Lee, Lucie Robert, violins; Wayne Brooks, James Dunham, viola; Brinton Smith, cello; Jeffrey Cohen, Timothy Hester, piano

June 14 (Tues.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Artist Recital: Christopher Berg and Fernand Vera

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June 15 (Wed.), Room 160, Moores School of Music, 6 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Student Recital
Student participants perform works for solo guitar.

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(multiple events)

June 17 (Fri.), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX, 8 p.m., FREE
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Mei Ann Chen, conductor
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 in C Major

June 17 (Fri.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7 p.m.
Jazz Institute Concert
Noe Marmolejo, director
Talented high school and college jazz musicians perform tunes ranging from classical to contemporary in a big band setting.

June 17 (Fri.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Artist Recital: Randall Avers and Presti

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(multiple events)

June 18 (Sat.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Mei Ann Chen, conductor
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 in C Major

June 18 (Sat.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Artist Recital: Ernesto Tamayo and Martha Masters

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(multiple events)

June 19 (Sun.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 1 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Student Recital: Small Ensembles and Guitar Orchestra

June 19 (Sun.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 2:30 p.m.
CLASSICAL MINDS GUITAR FESTIVAL
Competition Finals
High school and college level finalists.

June 20 (Mon.), Presidential Conf. Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
June 21 (Tues.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES 3: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
“Sensuous Perfume”
A world premiere of David Ashley White’s new rhapsody for mezzo-soprano, “As you set out for Ithaca,” virtuoso violin works by Gershwin and Vieuxtemps, and a Romantic favorite, Brahms’s Piano Quartet, Op. 25, form the pillars of this dramatic and virtuosic program, which also includes Paul Hindemith’s Cello Sonata, Op. 11.

Performers: Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano, Timothy Hester, piano, Lucie Robert, Zuo Jun, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Kevin Dvorak, Vagram Saradjian, cello

June 23 (Thurs.), Dudley Recital Hall, Univ. of Houston, 7 p.m., FREE
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Orchestral Fellows.

(multiple events)

June 25 (Sat.), Dudley Recital Hall, Univ. of Houston, 10 a.m., FREE
High School Piano Institute
Ensemble Recital
Nancy Weems, director
Gifted high school pianists perform ensemble works.

June 25 (Sat.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, soloist

Christopher Theofanidis: Rainbow Body
TBD: Solo work performed by Competition winner
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

June 26 (Sun.), Moores Opera House, Univ. of Houston, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., FREE
High School Piano Institute Recitals
Nancy Weems, director
Recitals by gifted high school pianists.

June 27 (Mon.), Presidential Conf. Center, Texas A&M University, 7:30 p.m.
June 28 (Tues.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES 4: Faculty Artist Chamber Music
“Grand Finale”
Ludwig Spohr was regarded on par with Beethoven in their day. His seminal Grand Nonetto for Winds and Strings poses the question, “Who needs Beethoven?” Descending from the traditions of Dvorak and Brahms, Arthur Foote’s luscious Romantic Piano Quintet (1897) and Kent Kennan’s Trumpet Sonata demonstrate the evolution of American music.

Performers include: Aralee Dorough, flute; Randall Griffin, clarinet; Richard Beene, bassoon; Roger Kaza, French horn; Jim Vassallo, trumpet; Andrzej Grabiec, Frank Huang, TBA, violin; Wayne Brooks, Rita Porfiris, viola; Kevin Dvorak, cello; Dennis Whittaker, double bass; Pianos, TBA

June 29 (Wed.), Dudley Recital Hall, Univ. of Houston, 7 p.m., FREE
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Festival Orchestra musicians.

June 30 (Thur.), Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston, 7 p.m., FREE
Young Artist Chamber Music
Small ensemble performances by Orchestral Fellows.

July 2 (Sat.), Moores Opera House, University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Grand Finale
Carlos Spierer, conductor
Brinton Averil Smith, cello soloist

Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor, Op. 104
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Conductor, composer, and faculty bios and photos are available at:
www.tmf.uh.edu OR
www.class.uh.edu/music/texasmusicfestival/about/index.html

TMF ticket prices

Single tickets:
For all Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall concerts, unless noted otherwise.
$15 – general
$10 – student/senior

Ticket packages (advance purchase ONLY):

Season pass (for all FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and PERSPECTIVES concerts at the Moores Opera House)
$75 – general
$50 – student/senior

Classical Minds Guitar Festival Season Pass
$60 – general
$45 – student/senior

Mix and match (buy 3 FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA or PERSPECTIVES concert tickets and get one FREE!)
$40 – general
$25 – student/senior
(Does not apply to Classical Minds Guitar Festival.)

Groups
Groups of 10+.
Contact Moores Opera House Box Office for details.

TICKETS:
Online: www.tmf.uh.edu

By phone: Moores School of Music Box Office 713/743-3313
(All University of Houston concerts.)

PARKING:
Parking for the Moores School of Music is available in Lot 16 (Between Elgin and UH Entrance 16) for $3.

Texas A&M University 979/845-1234, tickets@MSC.tamu.edu

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (free, no reservation required)

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