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04.05.2007
Symphonic Americana The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Season of the Arts: 2007

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2007 Performing Arts Season takes a look at life in America with programs featuring everything from fairy tales, wizardry and American composers to famous movie tunes and Halloween favorites. In addition to eight exhilarating performances by the Houston Symphony - including its annual Star-Spangled Salute - the Texas Music Festival Orchestra returns with a German-born conductor at the helm, Houston Ballet showcases its versatility in Carnival of Dance, and the 13th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun. Perhaps the newest (and largest) face on The Pavilion’s roster is that of a giant red dog named Clifford who makes his Pavilion debut. All this and more as The Pavilion kicks off its 18th Performing Arts Season.

Wednesday, April 25
Fairy Tales & Fantasies
Houston Symphony • Robert Franz, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 5 p.m.
Hats Off to Reading Celebration 5 - 6:45 p.m. (See page 7 for more information)
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

The Houston Symphony’s Fairy Tales & Fantasies explores the magical world of make-believe. Robert Franz leads the symphony in a whimsical dreamscape of Tchaikovsky's Waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty." Other pieces on the program include the journey of Harry Potter in John Williams’ Children's Suite from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter," Ravel’s "Mother Goose” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade." Pre-concert activities begin at 5 p.m. with the Hats Off to Reading Celebration in The Pavilion’s Event Tent. Class Act Productions performs on the stage in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Classically Gershwin
Houston Symphony • Hans Graf, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

On May 18, Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf leads the Symphony in an all-Gershwin program appropriately titled Classically Gershwin. This great American composer created a distinctive sound that is associated with the 1920s and 30s. His music was an integral part of popular music and Broadway during the era. In fact, George Gershwin is considered one of the century’s greatest songwriters. The evening’s program includes selections from “Porgy and Bess,” his “Cuban Overture” and “An American in Paris.” Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24
Sounds from Hollywood
Houston Symphony • Michael Krajewski, Conductor • Robert Froehner, Guest Artist
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of Macy’s

The word “Hollywood” conjures up images of stars, glitz and glamour. On May 24, Houston Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Symphony in a harmonious tour of Sounds from Hollywood beginning at 7:30 p.m. As famous tunes from the big screen come alive on the Symphony’s stage, concertgoers relive memorable scenes from their favorite films, including the Theme from “Schindler’s List,” The Creation of the Female Monster from “The Bride of Frankenstein” and the March from “Superman.” Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 3
Clifford The Big Red Dog™ LIVE!
2 p.m. / Gates open at 1 p.m.
5 p.m. / Gates open at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $35 Big Dog Seats / $20 / $15 / No lawn

For more than 40 years, Scholastic’s Clifford The Big Red Dog™ has charmed and amazed children with his engaging adventures and “Big Ideas.” Now, kids have a whole new way to experience the crimson canine with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ LIVE! Featuring a brand new story, Clifford The Big Red Dog™ LIVE! brings the well-loved characters from Birdwell Island – including Emily Elizabeth, Cleo, T-Bone, Jetta, Charlie and of course, Clifford – to a fun-filled spectacle for the whole family. EmBARK on this musical journey with Clifford and company featuring memorable songs and characters kids love. Clifford The Big Red Dog™ LIVE! is sure to be a “pup”ular hit!

Clifford The Big Red Dog™ LIVE! is sponsored by Administaff, Inc. and Radio Disney.

Thursday, June 7
The Great Orchestra Expedition
Houston Symphony • Rebecca Miller, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of the Catherine & George Lindahl Family Foundation

Become a world traveler with the Houston Symphony! The Great Orchestra Expedition uses music, archeology and anthropology to explore the natural world and learn more about ancient cultures. Travel through time with music from famous adventure films such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park.” Other culturally diverse classics include Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance,” Shan-Yuan’s “Dance of the Yao People,” Stravinsky’s “Scherzo a la russe” and more. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 22
Texas Music Festival Orchestra • Stefan Sanderling, Conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Free event

Join us as more than 100 gifted musicians, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion this summer. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Stefan Sanderling, these young artists perform Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47. The program also includes a special solo performance by this year’s winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner is determined the night of the performance. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3
Star-Spangled Salute
Houston Symphony • Michael Krajewski, Conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Free event generously sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company

This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites! Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the Symphony performs a variety of traditional favorites, American classics, sing-alongs, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture." Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the Symphony for this grandiose celebration! It’s an evening of good, old-fashioned family fun! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30
James Bond: License to Thrill
Houston Symphony • Michael Krajewski, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

“Bond, James Bond” is the familiar phrase spoken by the most famous (or infamous) 007 British Secret Agent. “Spy” on the Houston Symphony during the June 7 performance of James Bond: License to Thrill. The audience is transported to exotic locations as the Symphony performs memorable soundtracks from Bond’s famous adventures. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fidelity Investments Plaza.

Friday, Oct. 5
Carnival of Dance featuring “Hush,” “Velocity,” and “Carnival of the Animals”
Houston Ballet
8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 / $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and The Wortham Foundation

Houston Ballet shows off its diversity with the mixed repertory program Carnival of Dance. The individual acts are inspired by different styles of music that highlight the versatility of their dancers. “Hush,” by noted British choreographer Christopher Bruce, features six dancers performing unique, light-hearted roles of a mother, father and four children. The dancers perform to tracks from the album “Hush” by Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma. Stanton Welch’s “Velocity” is a high-speed dance, or hyper-kinetic tutu ballet, with classical techniques featuring eight men and eight women dancers. Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carnival of the Animals” explores the adventures of a young boy named Oliver who spends the night in a magical museum where animals come to life. This family-friendly ballet featuring colorful costumes serves as the perfect introduction for young people to the world of classical ballet. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fidelity Investments Plaza.

Friday, Oct. 19
Copland’s American Landscape
Houston Symphony • Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates at open 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Aaron Copland, one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, created a very distinctive American style of music. He was able to weave together modern music and American folk styles, becoming one of the most-notable American composers of concert and film music. This evening’s program is filled with classic Copland works including “Appalachian Spring,” his Symphony No. 3 and “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which is perhaps his most famous work. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony • Rebecca Miller, Conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 / $10 / Free lawn courtesy of H-E-B

Bring your family and friends to this “spooktacular” Halloween event. Hocus Pocus Pops is a night of tricks, treats and enchanting music as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Concertgoers are sure to have a “hauntingly” good time. Pre-concert activities begin at 6 p.m. in the Fidelity Investments Plaza.

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 8 & 9 (school day performances only)
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
13th Annual Children’s Festival
Tickets: $5 in advance / $7 at the door
The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 13th Annual Children’s Festival. Award-winning children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during four days of non-stop fun and excitement. Each artist has a unique ability to delight and inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages. The festival features music, dance, puppetry, theater, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more!

Ticket Information

Performing Arts subscriptions for the 2007 season are available beginning April 11 for $165 per seat. Subscriptions include covered reserved seats to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet's Carnival of Dance (including preferred seating for the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra performances), VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show, as well as a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Subscribe before May 24 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice and bonus tickets to the 13th Annual Children’s Festival! Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning April 11.

Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Individual tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE and H-E-B locations, Wherehouse Music, Media Magic and The Gallery of Conroe, by calling 713-629-3700, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit The Pavilion’s Web site at www.woodlandscenter.org.

Educational Outreach Programs

The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, offers a diverse assortment of educational and community outreach programs that touch the lives of nearly 25,000 children and their families annually throughout the Greater Houston area. These programs are an integral part of The Center’s mission to offer live performances to students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status. The Center has developed programs to support fine arts students, offer academic and social incentives, foster new audiences and partner with other community organizations for community enrichment opportunities.

Hats Off to Reading Celebration: On April 25, the Hats Off to Reading Celebration is held in conjunction with the Houston Symphony’s Fairy Tales & Fantasies concert at The Pavilion. Hats Off to Reading is a free family literacy event sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a community coalition that encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading. Children can take home a free book and participate in literacy-based activities such as visiting with storybook characters, a book walk, hat-making, bookmark crafts and face-painting. The event takes place from 5 – 6:45 p.m. in The Pavilion’s Event Tent, with pre-concert activities and entertainment in the Fidelity Investments Plaza from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Reading Odyssey is a partnership between the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Conroe ISD librarians, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Chick-fil-A, Borders Bookstores, Scholastic Books and The Pavilion.

Fine Arts Education Day: On May 1, approximately 4,000 students are slated to attend Fine Arts Education Day, a program created for Conroe ISD fourth grade students to experience orchestral music and learn about the various instruments in both band and orchestra. The purpose of the program is to expose students to music before they enter fifth grade and have to choose an elective, thus fostering the performing arts. The program features the Sam Houston State University Symphony, under the skillful direction of Carol Smith, and offers a curriculum connection for music classes. This program, offered for free to students, is produced in conjunction with Conroe ISD.

Musical Scores: One of The Pavilion’s signature educational programs, Musical Scores primarily serves “at-risk” middle school students who earn the opportunity to attend a special event and concert at The Pavilion by displaying model behavior and achieving specific scholastic goals. Administered by teachers and counselors from schools throughout the Greater Houston area, students are rewarded when they reach their goal or “musical score.” They are designated as Super Achievers and are treated to a free performance, t-shirt and lunch at The Pavilion. Approximately 4,700 students are scheduled to attend Musical Scores May 8.

Music in Motion: Hosted by the Houston Symphony, Music in Motion offers a unique opportunity for area band and orchestra students to work with professional musicians. Held twice each performing arts season, these free workshops, prior to Symphony performances, are designed for students to receive instruction in an intimate setting.

The Pavilion also offers several other community outreach programs and activities throughout the year. These programs include Pavilion Talk, informative pre-concert discussions led by music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black; Young Talent Spotlight, an effort to encourage the artists of tomorrow by exposing them to the joy of performing in front of a live audience; and Fine Arts Scholarships, awarded through The Pavilion Partners to high school seniors and university students majoring in Fine Arts.

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2007 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, Mosquito Nix, The Wortham Foundation, The Pavilion Partners and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

Contact: Mandi Hunsicker-Sallee, 281-210-1113
2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380

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