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04.27.2009
20TH SEASON OVATION, THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION RETURNS BACK BIGGER AND BETTER FOR ITS 20TH SEASON PERFORMING ARTS SEAS

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, newly renovated with expanded covered seating, celebrates its 20th Performing Arts Season in 2009. Commemorating 20 years of outstanding arts programming, The Pavilion proudly presents 20th Season Ovation, a lineup of events bursting with culture, patriotism, dance, classical music, old favorites, innovative works and more. In addition to eight exhilarating performances by the Houston Symphony, including the annual Star-Spangled Salute and Hocus Pocus Pops, The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus makes its Pavilion debut. Houston Ballet returns with a mixed-repertory program featuring Act II of “Swan Lake,” “Jardi Tancat” and “Falling Angels.” And the 14th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun. Come celebrate the excitement of The Pavilion’s 20th Season!

Following devastation from Hurricane Ike in September 2008, The Pavilion has undergone a $9.5 million renovation and expansion. The renovation included construction of approximately 2,000 new reserved seats and a larger canopy structure to cover all reserved seating. The new covered seating area now consists of 6,387 seats. Sections 101, 102 and 103 comprise the orchestra level (lower level). Sections 104-111 comprise the mezzanine level (upper level). Lawn capacity remains about the same at 9,653 for a total capacity of 16,040.
Friday, May 15
Four Italians
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / Eugene Ugorski, violin
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
A Comcast Concert Under the Stars
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

One, Two, Three, Four Italians! Join the Houston Symphony under the direction of Hans Graf May 15 for Four Italians. The program includes music from Italian composers Rossini, Paganini, Puccini and Respighi.

Rossini was a popular Italian composer who created 39 operas, as well as sacred music and chamber music. Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. Puccini was a famed Italian composer whose operas, including “La Bohème” and “Madame Butterfly,” are among the most frequently performed. Respighi was also an Italian composer, but a musicologist and conductor as well. He is best known for his orchestral Roman trilogy: “Fontane di Roma” (“Fountains of Rome”), “Pini di Roma” (“Pines of Rome”) and “Feste Romane” (“Roman Festivals”). On May 15, the Houston Symphony performs “Pines of Rome” along with Rossini’s Overture to “La scala di seta,” Paganini’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” featuring Eugene Ugorski, and Puccini’s “Preludio sinfonico.” Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 21
Dancin’ Beneath the Stars
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.A Comcast Concert Under the Stars
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

Join the Houston Symphony for an enchanting evening with Dancin’ Beneath the Stars May 21. Michael Krajewski will have you swaying to the music with timeless melodies of the past. This starry night of music includes songs like “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Singing in the Rain,” “One O’Clock Jump” and more. Guest dancers light up the night dancing to the nostalgic music of the Houston Symphony. Audience members also have the chance to dance the night away beneath the stars. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 12
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
20th Season Celebration
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
A Comcast Concert Under the Stars
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

You are invited to the party of the season with the Houston Symphony at The Pavilion’s 20th Season Celebration June 12. This festive bash commemorates 20 years of exceptional performing arts events at The Pavilion. Celebrating its 20th season, The Pavilion turns into a huge birthday party with clowns, magicians, music, games, arts and crafts and fun! No need to bring a gift, just enjoy the festivities, the symphony music and this 20th Season Celebration! Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.


Friday, June 26
Texas Music Festival Orchestra ● Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, soloist
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.A Comcast Concert Under the Stars
Free event

Join us as more than 100 gifted musicians from around the world, 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 Josep Caballé-Domenech, these young artists perform Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks” and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor. 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.


Friday, 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

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion dons red, white and blue July 3 for the return of the Star-Spangled Salute. 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” complete with cannons from atop the hill. Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the Symphony in this grandiose celebration. It’s an evening of good, old-fashioned family fun! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 28
The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Free event

Musical ambassadors of the Army, The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus performs a free public concert July 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for six decades, fostering support of the American people for members of the Armed Forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world.

The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus make up the largest performing component of the U.S. Army Field Band, consisting of a 65-piece symphonic band and a 29-voice mixed chorus. These selected musicians were trained at renowned conservatories and universities throughout the country. The groups have toured for more than 50 years and offer a varied repertoire of original and standard concert music, pop, patriotic and show tunes in a program that appeals to all ages. Notable domestic concerts include performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Myerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, joint concerts with the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and now debuting at The Pavilion. Rejoice in the American spirit with The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus July 28. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 3
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor / Rockapella, special guest
Rockapella Goes Retro
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

Groove to the music of the 60s and 70s with the Houston Symphony’s Rockapella Goes Retro Sept. 3. Musical selections include songs such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “Rock the Boat,” “People Change,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Shambala,” “Dance with Me,” “Beat Goes On” and “I’ll Hear Your Voice.”

Rockapella is an American musical group that sings rock music a cappella. They are the originators of a new flavor of contemporary pop music that has spread virally across the United States, Asia and Europe. An innovative burst of talent, Rockapella has widespread appeal that has built legions of fans throughout the globe. In addition to original vocal music, they perform a cappella covers of pop songs. The group also has collaborated with the world famous Boston Pops and had sold out venues throughout the nation. Join us for Rockapella Goes Retro at The Pavilion and be ready to party like a Rockapella star! Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.


Thursday, September 10
Houston Symphony ● Conductor TBD
Viva Filarmónica
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating

Embark on a cultural experience that takes you from Spain to Mexico discovering classical Hispanic music with the Houston Symphony’s Viva Filarmónica Sept. 10. Hispanic music has a wide variety of sounds, instruments and origins that will entertain the music lover in you. The program highlights Hispanic culture by presenting classical music by composers from Spain, Mexico and Latin American countries. Let the rhythm get you with Viva Filarmónica! Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.


Friday, September 18
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / Ingrid Fliter, piano
Chopin & Tchaikovsky
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of National Endowment for the Arts

The Houston Symphony’s performance of Chopin & Tchaikovsky Sept.18 showcases the classical side of orchestral music. Maestro Graf conducts the world-renowned symphony in an evening showcasing three masters of classical music: Schuman, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Ingrid Fliter accompanies the symphony on piano.

William Schuman’s broad musical interests ranged from his own jazz band and the school orchestra to family evenings singing operettas and musical comedy. On his own, he wrote some original popular songs. One of his works, “Showcase, A Short Display for Orchestra,” was written on commission for the Houston Symphony in 1986. Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was composed in 1830. The main theme of the final movement, as introduced by the piano, is classic Chopin - a delicate and yearningly poignant melody reminiscent of some of his mazurkas.

For the finale, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 was composed in 1888 and was first performed in St. Petersburg the same year with Tchaikovsky conducting. The theme of the music has a gloomy start in the first movement, but gradually transforms into a triumphant march. Hear these masterworks expertly performed by the Houston Symphony. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.


Friday, October 9
Houston Ballet
Swan Lake + Two
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating

Houston Ballet’s Swan Lake + Two is a mixed-repertory program featuring Act II of “Swan Lake” plus “Jardi Tancat” and “Falling Angels.”

“Swan Lake” is one of the greatest works of the ballet repertoire, and the second act of the ballet is its stunning heart. Set to Tchaikovsky's exquisite score and featuring a full corps de ballet of dancers in dazzling white tutus, Act II depicts the magical encounter of a handsome prince and a beautiful princess, who has been cursed by an evil knight, as they swear their love for each other by a moonlit lake. Stanton Welch's dramatic staging has been hailed by Dance Magazine as “an emotionally rich, visually stunning, uplifting production.” “Jardi Tancat” was the first work choreographed by the acclaimed Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato. It portrays in song and dance the poignant story of a people who work the barren land, praying for rain and enduring with great spirit in the face of hardship. European master Jiří Kylián's “Falling Angels” is a mesmerizing study in motion and minimalism showcasing eight female dancers set to a percussive score. Pre-concert activities for Swan Lake + Two begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 23
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony ● Brett Mitchell, conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra / Free mezzanine and lawn seating 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. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun is sure to spook you into the season. Pre-concert activities and hands-on arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 12 – 5 p.m.
14th Annual Children’s Festival
A Comcast Family Event
Tickets: $6 in advance / $8 at the door

The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 14th Annual Children’s Festival. Award-winning children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during two 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!

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