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09.04.2009
FALL FOR THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY IN SEPTEMBER WITH VIVA FILARMONICA AND CHOPIN & TCHAIKOVSKY

The Fall season brings two fantastic concerts to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in September, Viva Filarmónica Sept. 10 and Chopin & Tchaikovsky Sept. 18. Tickets for both concerts are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation on Sept. 10 and National Endowment for the Arts Sept. 18. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m.

The Houston Symphony’s Viva Filarmónica with Alondra de la Parra, conductor for the evening, embarks on a cultural experience that takes you from Spain to Mexico discovering classical Hispanic music. Pablo Sainz-Villegas joins the symphony on guitar for the evening.

Hispanic music has a wide variety of sounds, instruments and origins that entertain the music lover in everyone. This program highlights Hispanic culture by presenting classical music by composers from Spain, Mexico and Latin American countries. The evening’s program includes Chávez’s “Sinfonía India,” Piazzolla’s “Tangazo,” Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, Ibarra’s Sinfonía No. 2, and Revueltas’s “Sensemaya.”

The Houston Symphony’s performance of Chopin & Tchaikovsky 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 for Viva Filarmónica and Chopin & Tchaikovsky begin at 7 p.m. Learn everything you want to know about Hispanic and classical music at Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion that provides insight into the evening’s program from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. At Viva Filarmónica, enjoy activities by Woodforest National Bank with Barkley, Amazing Siding, the Chick-fil-a Cow and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. At Chopin & Tchaikovsky, Woodlands Online, Woodforest National Bank with Barkley and Audi of America are on hand for lots of fun. At both events, children can explore the world of musical instruments with The Pavilion Partners’ popular Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts, with a special zoo featuring keyboards for Chopin & Tchaikovsky. Partners arts and crafts gets kids in touch with their artistic side. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” All pre-concert festivities are free to anyone attending the performances.

Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating is free courtesy of Woodforest National Bank and KMPG LLP and tickets are not required. 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. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, Wherehouse Music and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Some service charges may apply.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

At the symphony, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 20th Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

If you would like more information about The Pavilion and its 20th Performing Arts Season, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org or look for The Pavilion on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

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