A world-renowned symphony and ballet, gifted musicians from around the world, award-winning children’s performers…it’s all in your own backyard at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2011 Performing Arts Season. This season encompasses a journey filled with classical music, dancing, tributes to late, great musicians, patriotic fanfare, Italian pop and more. The season features eight exhilarating performances by the Houston Symphony. The Texas Music Festival Orchestra returns to the stage along with Houston Ballet for a mixed-repertory program. And the 16th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun. The Pavilion offers these extraordinary performances for no cost with free mezzanine and lawn seating for all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet’s performance, as well as free seating at the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Children’s Festival is affordable fun for the whole family! Plus, picnics are welcome at all performing arts events. Bring your family to The Pavilion in 2011 and celebrate the arts! Performances included in The Pavilion's 2011 Performing Arts Season are:

Wednesday, April 20
Out of This World
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Hats Off to Reading Celebration 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating
Three, two, one…lift off! On The Pavilion’s stage, not so far, far away, a symphony orchestra gets ready to launch into symphonic space. Buckle up for a visit to the planets and stars at Out of This World.  Your voyage through musical space includes music from “Star Wars” and “E.T.” Blast off into space with great music from the Houston Symphony. 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 20
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / Alisa Weilerstein, cello

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of 
The Wortham Foundation
 
The Houston Symphony’s performance titled Dvořák’s Cello Concerto comes to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, featuring the composer’s impressive final concerto. The piece is rich in expansive melodies, beautiful lyricism and extraordinary brilliance.  Charismatic cellist, Alisa Weilerstein, brings her passionate interpretation to Dvořák’s masterpiece. Weilerstein is a veteran on the classical music scene having performed with the nation’s top orchestras, given recitals in music capitals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and regularly appeared at prestigious festivals. She is also a dedicated chamber musician. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 also is part of this classical concert. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26
“Let the Good Times Roll” – The Music of Ray Charles
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor / Ellis Hall, special guest

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating
courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
“Let the Good Times Roll” with special guest, Ellis Hall, as he performs music from the late, great Ray Charles. A former protégé of Charles, Hall pays tribute to his friend in a concert dedicated to his music and memory with hits like “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Hit the Road Jack.” Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 10
Dancin’ with the Symphony
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating

Get ready to be swept off your feet at Dancin’ with the Symphony. Robert Franz gets the audience tapping their feet for this enchanting evening under the stars at The Pavilion. Audience members can cut a rug dancing in the aisles to the music of the Houston Symphony. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 17
Made in America
Texas Music Festival Orchestra ● Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
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 for a summer concert extraordinaire. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, these young artists perform Jennifer Higdon’s “Blue Cathedral” and Aaron Copeland’s “Symphony No. 3.” The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Pre-concert activities begin in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 3
Star-Spangled Salute
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Free event generously presented 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 in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 5
Contemporary Masters
Elo’s Newest Work, Kylian’s “Falling Angels” and Wheeldon’s “Rush”
Houston Ballet
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating
courtesy of The Wortham Foundation
Houston Ballet presents a mixed-repertory program including three very dynamic ballets by three of the top choreographers in the industry. Contemporary Masters represents an amazing collection in a single program. Jorma Elo’s untitled new work was created for Houston Ballet dancers by this celebrated Finnish choreographer. Elo has created pieces for American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and New York City Ballet, and is currently the resident choreographer at Boston Ballet.  Jiri Kylian’s “Falling Angels” is part of his black-and-white ballets featuring eight female dancers dressed in black leotards. The first movement is set to “Drumming” composed by Steve Reich and is based on ceremonial ritual music from Ghana in West Africa. The ballet showcases a combination of classical lines and sharp percussive movements. Christopher Wheeldon’s “Rush” is anchored around a dazzling pas de deux and features two principals, four soloists and a corps de ballet of 10 dancers. The work is set to Bohuslav Martinu’s “Sinfonietta La Jolla” for chamber orchestra and piano. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 1
Poperazzi
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor / Poperazzi, special guests
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating

It’s an evening all things Italian with the Houston Symphony and the fabulous “pop-opera” vocal trio straight from Vegas, Poperazzi. Hear iconic music from “The Godfather” and “Jersey Boys,” famous arias from “La Traviata” and “The Barber of Seville,” and of course, “Nessun Dorma.” Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 15
Brahms’ Violin Concerto
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / James Ehnes, violin
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

One of the pillars of the concerto repertoire, Brahms’ Violin Concerto was dedicated to dear friend and legendary violinist Joseph Joachim. Join the Houston Symphony for the music of Brahms’ most tender work with lyrical melodies, brilliant technical fireworks and a sprinkle of Hungarian folk rhythms. James Ehnes, violin, joins the symphony for this classical concert. Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music, performing in more than 30 countries on five continents,  and appearing regularly with many of the world's most well-known orchestras and conductors. Also on the program, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 was dedicated to Hans Richter, who was the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The four-movement piece was one of the first of Dvořák’s large symphonic works to draw international attention. In it, he manages to capture a bit of the Czech national style within a standard Germanic classical-romantic form. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, October 28
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony ● TBD, conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B
 
Families everywhere have a ghoulish invitation to join us for this “spooktacular” Halloween event featuring tricks, treats and enchanting music. Daddies, mummies and little ghosts and goblins can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun will spook you into the season. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 12 – 5 p.m.
16th Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by Devon Energy
Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door

The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 16th 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!

TICKET INFORMATION

Performing Arts subscriptions for the 2011 season, $150 per seat, are available beginning at noon on March 11. Subscriptions 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’s performances. Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning March 11 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, Media Magic and select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, 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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