The Houston Symphony’s presentation of Disney In Concert: A Tale As Old As Time drew a record breaking audience of 15,218 guests for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 12, 2015.
As gates opened at The Pavilion, staff was not aware that they would be welcoming the largest crowd The Pavilion has ever seen at any performing arts event in 25 years of operation. Last year, 11,651 guests attended the Houston Symphony’s presentation of Disney In Concert: Magical Music From The Movies at The Pavilion.
Parents, children and Disney lovers gathered to hear an orchestral presentation of songs so timeless and magical that the eminent joy could only have been surpassed by the arrival of Mickey Mouse himself.
Though The Pavilion and its staff enjoy bringing the magic of Disney to The Woodlands community, there is a greater mission at play. Cynthia Woods Mitchell charged The Pavilion with the mission of exposing and providing the performing arts to the community at an accessible cost. On June 12 that cost was as little as free thanks to the Huntsman Corporation and Woodforest National Bank. Both companies generously sponsored free mezzanine and lawn seating for guests.
The magic wasn’t just in the music, however. Prior to the show guests could enjoy free ice cream sundaes provided by Fidelity Investments, free balloon animals and art provided by Century 21, and a character meet-and-greet in the South Plaza.
Not only did the evening performance boast an outstanding crowd, but guests were treated to clips from their favorite Disney movies to accompany the music and Broadway caliber singers to bring the characters and songs alive.
“We couldn’t be more surprised and more overjoyed with the response we received from the community,” said Shannon Wilson, director of marketing and education for The Pavilion. “This performance would make Mrs. Mitchell proud to see so many people enjoying the vision she had so many years ago.”