Gran Fondo Texas


RBC Gran Fondo Texas is a BP MS 150 recommended ride on April 7, 2019 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.

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TMCO Named Semi-Finalist for Ernst Bacon Award, 2018-19


The Texas Medical Center Orchestra has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Award in both the American Music Performance and Overall Performance categories.

For the American Music Performance, TMCO submitted our performance of the Merry Mount Suite by Howard Hanson. For the Overall American Prize category, TMCO submitted two performances including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas and the Der Rosenkavalier Suite by Richard Strauss.

The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings.

To find out the exact date when finalists, runners-up, and winners will be announced, visit The American Prize Facebook page or follow them on Twitter #AmericanPrize.

To find out more information about the Ernst Bacon Award and to see the full list of semi-finalists, read the article here.

TMC | News - Texas Medical Center Orchestra brings musical talents of medical professionals to the community


The physicians and other health professionals who comprise the Texas Medical Center Orchestra (TMCO) completed their latest performance—”From Russia with Love”—this month at Zilkha Hall in The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. They are rehearsing now for their next concert this spring.

Their melodious efforts have been recognized with national awards. The TMCO was named Best Community Orchestra in the United States in winning The American Prize in Orchestra Performance, Community Orchestra Division, for 2016-2017 and was the runner up in 2017-2018.

“This is an absolutely quality orchestra and we want to get the secret out,” Executive Director Ken Sebek said. “Medical professionals have inherent talents, their intensity and focus, that lend themselves so much to classical music. They are working much more than 8 to 5. They’re focused on the health of humans and to make the world better and healthy, so this is a chance for them to release some of this inherent pressure they have in their day-to-day lives and enjoy themselves.”

“From Russia with Love” featured works by Russian composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff punctuated by piano solos from Artem Kuznetsov, who also was born in Russia.

The orchestra is rehearsing for a May 11 concert at 6 p.m. at Zilkha Hall featuring Symphony No. 3 by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.

Read the full article here.

RBC Gran Fondo Texas Charity Bike Ride Absolute Success


RBC Gran Fondo Texas, a component of TMCO, contributed $36,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and $18,000 to the Montgomery County Food Bank following its very successful Bike Ride in April.  Pictured are Libi Lebel, Artistic Director of TMCO, Ken Sebek, Executive Director of TMCO, Alan Fritsche, Treasurer of the Gran Fondo Steering Committee, Allison Hulett, President and CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank, Rick Lewis, Chairman of the Gran Fondo Steering Committee, George Carter, Director of MS Society, Lori Magin, Director of Development of Montgomery County Food Bank.

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: or follow the news on social media: or

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.

TMCO 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.