The Houston Symphony’s performance titled Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, under the direction of Maestro Hans Graf, comes to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 20 and features the composer’s impressive final concerto. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Free mezzanine and lawn seating are courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is rich in expansive melodies, beautiful lyricism and extraordinary brilliance. The first movement starts with an introduction by the orchestra following a lengthy Adagio, a lyrical movement which is both pastoral and troubled in character. The third and final movement gives a feeling of great nostalgia growing more passionate throughout until the piece ends by returning to musical material from the first and second movements in a slow, quiet fashion, finally culminating in a jubilant B major.
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 also is a dedicated chamber musician.
Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 also is part of this classical concert. This work is set in four movements and consists of a dramatic sequence that is identified with Russian symphonic tradition. The first movement is brooding, mysterious and dramatically intense. The second movement, scherzo, is vigorous to the point of abandon. The climax is reached in the third movement after an interlude of the English horn and violin solo passages followed by a clarinet reverie that is reminiscent of the first movement. The final movement is grand and sweeping, set in sonata form, carrying with it the essence of the work.
Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. with The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, along with activities by Woodforest National Bank. Don’t miss, Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black that provides insight into the evening’s program. Pavilion Talk takes place from 7:15-7:45 p.m.
At the concert, 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.
Tickets to Dvořák’s Cello Concerto are $15 for orchestra seating and 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 also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Some service charges may apply.
Become a season ticket holder for the performing arts at The Pavilion. It’s the best deal in town. Season subscriptions for 2011 are available for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include an orchestra-level seat to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet’s performance (including preferred seating for the free Texas Music Festival Orchestra and Star-Spangled Salute). Also included is VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show.
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.
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