Fall in love with the performing arts with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2013 Performing Arts Season. Showcased this season are nine exhilarating Houston Symphony performances, including the last concert conducted by Hans Graf, who enters his final season as Music Director of the Houston Symphony after 12 years at the helm. Taking over for Graf is the new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, a Colombian-born, Vienna-trained conductor. He takes over just in time to help celebrate the Symphony’s Centennial Season in 2012-13. Orozco-Estrada starts conducting at The Pavilion during the 2014 season.

Other thrilling concerts this season include The Music of Michael Jackson, The Earth – An HD Odyssey, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, as well as Star-Spangled Salute, Hocus Pocus Pops and Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular. Patrons also can delight in Houston Ballet’s performance of a true love story with “Madame Butterfly” as well as the Texas Music Festival Orchestra for a free concert featuring talented young artists. Returning to The Pavilion stage after eight years is Houston Grand Opera for one of the greatest love stories ever told with “La bohème.” At the 18th Annual Children’s Festival fun takes center stage with award-winning children’s performers that encourage children to do the things they love most – flex their imaginations, express themselves, learn and grow.

The Pavilion offers these exciting performances with free mezzanine and lawn seating at all Houston Symphony concerts, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera performances, as well as free seating at the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra’s concert. Children’s Festival is affordable fun for the whole family with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Plus, picnics are always welcome at all performing arts events. Lawn chairs are available for free at all performing events.

Get a spectacular deal for every performance of the season with a 2013 performing arts subscription. Season tickets are just $175 per seat and include orchestra-level seating to all Houston Symphony concerts, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera 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 1 and receive a special Pavilion subscriber gift. Performing arts subscriptions are available beginning April 1 at noon. Children’s Festival is not included in season subscriptions.

Performances included in The Pavilion's 2013 Performing Arts Season are:

 

Thursday, April 18

Symphony of Dinosaurs!

Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor / Philip Lehl, narrator / Brian Del Signaore, Mark Griffin and Matthew Strauss, percussion

7:30 p.m. / VIP 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 – 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Get ready for an earth-shaking adventure that brings you back to pre-historic times with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Symphony of Dinosaurs! featuring the Houston Symphony April 18. Guests explore the Mesozoic era when dinosaurs roamed the earth, discover fossils and more. The audience is entertained with the music of John Williams’ Theme from “Jurassic Park” and Theme from “The Lost World,” Russell Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur,” as well as Morton Gould’s “The Jogger and the Dinosaur” which is narrated by Philip Lehl, an actor with the Alley Theatre and owner of Stark Naked Theatre Company. You won’t want to miss this event that is 65 million years in the making. 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 North Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

 

Friday, May 3

“Madame Butterfly”

Houston Ballet

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of George P. Mitchell, The Wortham Foundation and Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of a Japanese geisha and an American naval lieutenant. What begins as an idyllic liaison turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision. On May 3 “Madame Butterfly chronicles the story of beautiful Cio-Cio San Butterfly, who renounces her faith and her family when she marries the handsome Lieutenant Pinkerton. Pinkerton is actually betrothed to an American woman and has no intention of staying married to Butterfly. Although she believes he will return, instead his American wife comes to claim Butterfly and Pinkerton’s son to raise him as her own. The story ends with Butterfly realizing the truth and tragedy ensues. “Madame Butterfly” is a stunning achievement in neoclassical ballet that has been an international success, with performances on three continents.

Before the performance of “Madame Butterfly”, enjoy two stunning short classical showpieces of the virtuosity and skill of Houston Ballet’s dancers. These pieces include the duet from the 19th century classic Flower Festival Genzano and the wedding pas de deux for Aurora and her prince from the beloved Sleeping Beauty. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, May 10

Maestro Graf’s Farewell Concert

Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / Janina Fialkawska, piano

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Celebrate Hans Graf’s farewell season at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 10. The beloved maestro steps onto The Pavilion’s stage for the last time as Music Director of the Houston Symphony. The Symphony’s 2012-13 season is Graf’s grand finale after 12 years at the helm of this world-renowned orchestra. The symphony performs Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe,” Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Special guest, Janina Fialkawska, joins the symphony on piano. Don’t miss Pavilion Talk, a free pre-performance 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. Other pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, May 24

“La bohème”

Houston Grand Opera

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

An impetuous love, the romance of Paris, and the pain of regret all unfold in “La bohème,” one of the greatest love stories of all time. Returning to The Pavilion’s stage after eight years is Houston Grand Opera May 24. “La bohème” is the story of Rodolfo and Mimi who meet by chance in the poet’s atelier and fall immediately in love. Mimi joins his group of impoverished, generous friends. They weather break-ups and inevitable reunions, but their love proves fragile as the light of a single candle when they confront the harsh realities of bohemian life. Four of the most talented young singers in America, all Houston Grand Opera Studio members or alumni, perform in this special presentation, along with Houston Grand Opera’s renowned chorus and orchestra. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 8

The Music of Michael Jackson

Houston Symphony ● Brent Havens, conductor / James Delisco, vocalist

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Insperity and Woodforest National Bank

From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album “Thriller” and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. The Music of Michael Jackson with the Houston Symphony June 8 takes you through each era of this storied performer from “ABC,” “I'll Be There” and “Got To Be There” through “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock With You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and many, many more. Join conductor Brent Havens and vocalist Jason Deslisco for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career! Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, June 14

Texas Music Festival Orchestra Horst Förster, conductor / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, soloist

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 14. Under the direction of Horst Förster, these young artists perform Richard Strauss’s “Don Juan,” Op. 2, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. 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. Don’t miss Pavilion Talk, a free pre-performance 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. Other pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 15

The Earth – An HD Odyssey

Houston Symphony Conductor TBD

8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

For an out-of-this-world concert experience, journey to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for The Earth – An HD Odyssey June 15. This event is a special encore performance of the second film in the HD Odyssey series that showcases our planet. The Earth – An HD Odyssey features the Houston Symphony and striking images taken from NASA missions to Earth’s orbit accompanied by J. Adams “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” and Strauss’ epic tone poem “Also sprach Zarathustra.” The multi-media event takes an existing classical program with strong popular appeal and pairs it with an arresting visual presentation – a project in keeping with the mission of the Houston Symphony that encourages innovative and engaging symphonic performances. The beautiful and mystifying images are shown on a large, 24-foot screen above the stage while the symphony performs. Make this your final destination! Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 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

Celebrate America’s birthday with a bang at the annual Star-Spangled Salute July 3. This free Independence Eve spectacular, which has been a tradition at The Pavilion for 23 years, features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. Wave your flag to the tune of traditional favorites, American classics, sing-alongs, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannons from atop the hill. Serving as special guests at the concert are Will Makar and Lekisha Jones. Makar, a resident of The Woodlands, was a contestant on “American Idol” in Season 5 as a top 14 finalist and Jones placed fourth on Season 6 of the reality singing competition show.  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! The evening begins with free pre-concert activities for the whole family including patriotic characters, music, arts and crafts, souvenirs and more in the North Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 16

Bunny at the Symphony II

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

Back on The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s stage, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, is the exciting new edition of Looney Tunes and live orchestra accompaniment that adds classics like Duck Amuck, along with such beloved special guests as Pepe Le Pew and Tom and Jerry in The Hollywood Bowl! Plus two sensational new 3D theatrical animated shorts! Don’t miss these – plus old favorites What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny and more – in this latest world-premiere concert of Warner Bros. cartoons on the big screen, with their exhilarating scores played live! Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m. 

LOONEY TUNES: TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
TOM AND JERRY: TM & © Turner Entertainment Co.
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Thursday, Sept. 5

Musica Clasica Latina

Houston Symphony Marcello Lehninger, 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 Musica Classica Latina Sept. 5 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger, the evening’s conductor, is recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Appointed Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, his growing reputation as a dynamic conductor inspires musicians and audiences of all ages worldwide. Lehninger made his Houston Symphony debut in 2011. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, Oct. 11

Hocus Pocus Pops

Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, 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

Get into the spirit of Halloween as the Houston Symphony returns for a night of bone-chilling music and spooky sounds Oct. 11 with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops. 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 boys and “ghouls” to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza fully costumed get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade. Creep into the House of Blues Hospitality Tent for Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew for “fangtastic” dancing, prizes and plenty of tricks and treats! Or jump on the Great Pumpkin Express as it leaves the station to sweep you away on a tour of The Pavilion’s haunted grounds. Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza begin at 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10, 12 – 5 p.m.

18th Annual Children’s Festival

Presented by Devon Energy

Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door

Fun takes center stage at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 18th Annual Children’s Festival. Entertainment spans from local community performances to awarding-winning children’s performers, meaning you are sure to enjoy the show! Lots of activities are located in the different zones, so every child has something to enjoy. 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. 12

Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular

Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor

7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank, KPMG, LLP and Talisman USA

‘Tis the season! Ring in the holidays with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular featuring the Houston Symphony Dec. 12. Frolic in our Winter Wonderland, complete with snow, as the symphony performs holiday classics and popular carols. The North Plaza feels more like the North Pole as it’s all decked out for holiday fun. Guests can visit with Santa, Frosty and other holiday characters, make arts and crafts, play in the snow, listen to carolers sing and much more. All aboard for a ride on the Candy Cane Express for a merry good time starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Lot. Pre-concert activities in the North 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 to all Houston Symphony concerts, Houston Ballet at The Pavilion and Houston Grand Opera 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 1 receive special Pavilion subscriber gift. Performing arts subscriptions are available beginning April 1 at noon.

Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning April 1 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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