Join the Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. for the music of Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák. Maestro Hans Graf leads the symphony in a program titled Brahms’ Violin Concerto featuring special guest James Ehnes on violin. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Lawn and mezzanine seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. This event also is sponsored in part by CultureMap. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The program begins with Brahms’ impassioned and capricious Violin Concerto in D major. This Violin Concerto, dedicated to Brahms’ dear friend and legendary violinist Joseph Joachim, is one of his most tender works with lyrical melodies, brilliant technical fireworks and a sprinkle of Hungarian folk rhythms.
Joining the symphony on this piece is violinist James Ehnes, widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music. Ehnes, hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of our day,” has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly with many of the world’s most well-known orchestras and conductors.
Following a brief intermission, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 concludes the classical evening. Symphony No. 6 was one of the first of Dvořák’s large symphonic works to draw international attention. Dedicated to Hans Richter, conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the time, the four-movement piece manages to capture a bit of Czech national style within a standard Germanic classical-romantic form.
Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza, including The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Don’t miss Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar Ira J. Black that provides insight into the evening’s program. Pavilion Talk takes place from 7:15-7:45 p.m.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
Tickets to Brahms’ Violin Concerto are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and Walmart locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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 Box 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.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2011 Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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