Enjoy an amazing performing arts season full of classical music, dance, rock and roll, sports-themed music, cartoon characters, patriotic fanfare, award-winning children’s performers and more at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in 2012. The Pavilion showcases nine exhilarating Houston Symphony performances, with new productions and old favorites. Plus Houston Ballet returns to the stage with a full-length production of a ballet classic, as well as the Texas Music Festival Orchestra for a free concert featuring talented young artists. And the 17th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun. The Pavilion offers these exciting performances for free with complimentary mezzanine and lawn seating at all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet’s performance, as well as free seating at the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra concert. Children’s Festival is affordable fun for the whole family! Plus, picnics are welcome at all performing arts events.

Get a spectacular deal for every performance of the season with a 2012 performing arts subscription. Season tickets are just $175 per seat and include orchestra-level seating (sections 101-103) to all Houston Symphony concerts and the Houston Ballet at The Pavilion, VIP on-site parking, admission to the Woodforest Bank VIP Club for each performance and a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Performing arts subscribers also receive preferred seating and VIP on-site parking for the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra performance. But that’s not all! Subscribe by May 4 and receive a “Celebrate the Arts” canvas tote, an invitation to a VIP reception with a symphony conductor and more. Performing arts subscriptions are available beginning March 12 at noon. Children’s Festival is not included in season subscriptions Bring your family to The Pavilion in 2012 and celebrate the arts! Performances included in The Pavilion's 2012 Performing Arts Season are:

Friday, April 20
The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony
Houston Symphony ● Brent Havens, conductor / Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Devon Energy

Breaking down boundaries between classic rock and classical music, conductor and arranger Brent Havens takes to the podium to present The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring the Houston Symphony April 20. Expanding the listening experience of Queen's exceptional anthems, Havens combines Queen's distinct yet familiar sound with new musical colors that enhances the listening experience. Amplified with stage lighting and a full rock band led by vocalist Brody Dolyniuk, Havens and his Windborne ensemble deliver both the classics, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions” and "Another One Bites The Dust," and the essential rarities. The audience is treated to an event full of excitement and intensity, one that “will rock you.” Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
The Art of Baseball
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor / Milo Hamilton, narrator
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the Hats Off to Reading Celebration and 6 p.m. for the concert
Hats Off to Reading Celebration 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation & Woodforest National Bank

Take me out to the symphony for The Art of Baseball featuring the Houston Symphony April 25 at The Pavilion. This major league event features the best music from the ballpark including “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “National Game March.” To keep the baseball theme going, the program also includes Main Theme from “Batman,” referring to a person who steps up to the plate to hit a grand slam, “Across the Stars: Attack of the Clones,” referring to the famous Houston Astrodome, “Orange Blossom Special” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” relating to Minute Maid Park, and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, Finale, referring to teamwork. The “Voice of the Houston Astros” and Hall of Famer, Milo Hamilton, joins the symphony to narrate “Casey at the Bat.” Don’t strike out and miss this lineup made of all-stars under the stars at The Pavilion. During the concert, a special live art performance takes place with art students from Conroe Independent School District and ORWALL baseball players creating a one-of-a-kind painting relating to the evening’s program. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Hats Off to Reading Celebration in the House of Blues Hospitality Tent. Other pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 4
Giselle
Houston Ballet
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of George P. Mitchell, The Wortham Foundation and Linn Energy

Giselle, performed by Houston Ballet May 4, is one of the most widely performed works of the Romantic era. It is a journey into a beautiful world of love, ghosts and mystery. It’s the story of a peasant girl deceived by Count Albrecht, her transformation into a Wili (the ghosts of women betrayed on their wedding day) and her forgiveness of her errant lover which results in his salvation. Staged for Houston Ballet by noted Russian ballerina Ai-Gul Gaisina, this production harkens back to the Russian productions of her childhood. Before the performance of Giselle, enjoy a presentation of the famous lakeside scene from “Swan Lake,” one of the most beautiful passages in all of classical ballet, and the spectacular classical showpiece, “Le Corsaire” (“The Pirate”). Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24
Hot Night in Havana
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor / Tiempo Libre, special guests
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

It’s going to be one sizzling evening at The Pavilion with Hot Night in Havana featuring Tiempo Libre and the Houston Symphony May 24. Singing with the symphony is three-time GRAMMY® -nominated Tiempo Libre. The group is one of the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 22
Texas Music Festival Orchestra ● Lavard Skou-Larsen, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Free event

This summer at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, more than 100 gifted musicians from around the world are showcased in a free concert. In conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra takes the stage June 22. Under the direction of Lavard Skou-Larsen, these young artists perform Richard Strauss’s “Death and Transfiguration,” Op. 24, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Join us in supporting and celebrating these talented young artists. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3
Star-Spangled Salute
Houston Symphony Michael Krajewski, conductor / AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, vocalists
8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Free event generously presented by The Woodlands Development Company

Ignite your patriotic spirit at the annual Star-Spangled Salute concert July 3. 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. Joining the symphony to perform several of Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest hits are AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. This duo has been performing their remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade. Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the symphony in this grandiose celebration. The evening begins with free pre-concert activities for the whole family including patriotic characters, music, arts and crafts, souvenirs and more. It’s an evening of good, old-fashioned family fun! Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
Houston Symphony ● George Daugherty, creator and conductor
8:30 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the Houston Symphony celebrate the most famous animation in the world – and its equally famous music – when Bugs Bunny at the Symphony comes to The Pavilion July 26. Conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is a celebration of the world's favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live full symphony orchestra accompaniment. The music was composed by legendary Hollywood composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, as inspired by the extraordinary classics of Wagner, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Liszt, and many others. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Bugs Bunny on Broadway, the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert that pioneered a new genre of symphony orchestra entertainment when it debuted on Broadway in 1990. This new version of the concert celebrates the 20-year legacy of Looney Tunes and orchestral music together “in concert.” Retaining the most indelible moments from the original production, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony includes Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, while adding in other Warner Bros. classics like Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit, and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster ride of the Road Runner epic, Zoom and BoredBugs Bunny is joined on-screen by his immensely popular cohorts, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, and many others.  New to the concert are special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, and spectacular musical montages starring The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and other stars from the world of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, Sept. 6
Latin American Classical Concert
Houston Symphony Hans Graf, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Join the Houston Symphony for a Latin American-style concert Sept. 6 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion conducted by Hans Graf as he enters his final season as Music Director of the Houston Symphony. The Symphony's 2012-13 season will be Graf's grand finale after 12 years at the helm of this world-renowned orchestra. Come celebrate Graf's farewell season with us! Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21
Evening with Brahms
Houston Symphony
Hans Graf, conductor / Frank Huang, violin / Brinton Averil Smith, cello
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Celebrate the best of Johannes Brahms Sept. 21 with an evening dedicated to three of his greatest works: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Concerto for Violin and Cello and Symphony No. 4. Brahms, a German composer and pianist, was one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader in the musical scene. Brahms composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. He premiered many of his own works and worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including pianist Clara Schumann and violinist Joseph Joachim. Special guests joining the symphony are Frank Huang, violinist, and Brinton Averil Smith, cellist.  Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B

For a delightful “exfearience,” join the Houston Symphony Oct. 12 at The Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops for a Halloween event full of tricks, treats and enchanting music. The orchestra casts a spell on the audience with chilling music and spooky sounds that are guaranteed to scare your socks off. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the Fidelity Investments Plaza can participate in the Goblin Parade that snakes across the stage during the symphony’s performance. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 – 5 p.m.
17th Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by Devon Energy
Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door

Stop, children at play for the 17th Annual Children’s Festival! As The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart, enjoy award-winning children’s performers who educate and entertain thousands of kids during two days of non-stop fun and excitement. Music, dance, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more can be found around every corner. Check out activities in the Activity Tent, Healthy KidZone, Adventure Zone, Fun Zone and at the top of the hill where kids can fly a kite, pan for gold and play in the sand. It’s a world of performing and visual arts for kids combined with experiential hands-on and learning opportunities that celebrate creativity and individuality.

Friday, Dec. 7
Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular
Houston Symphony
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

For only the second time in 23 seasons, The Pavilion rings in the holidays with a heartwarming celebration that features the sounds of the season. Join us Dec. 7 as The Pavilion is magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland! The evening’s musical holiday merriment features the Houston Symphony performing holiday classics and popular carols. Bring your family to this holiday spectacular to visit with Santa, enjoy carolers and play in the snow. ‘Tis the season! Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for The Pavilion’s Performing Arts Season are $175 per seat and include orchestra-level seating (sections 101-103) to all Houston Symphony concerts and the Houston Ballet at The Pavilion, VIP on-site parking, admission to the Woodforest Bank VIP Club for each show, and a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Performing arts subscribers also receive preferred seating and VIP on-site parking for the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra performance. All performing arts subscribers who subscribe by May 4 receive special incentives. Performing arts subscriptions are available beginning March 12 at noon.

Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning March 12 at noon. Tickets and subscription packages 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. Individual tickets also 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.  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 www.woodlandscenter.org.

 

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