Celebrate the best of Johannes Brahms, one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period, with an evening dedicated to three of his greatest works at Evening with Brahms Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Under the baton of Maestro Hans Graf, as enters his final season as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, the program features “Variations on a Theme of Haydn,” Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Cello and Orchestra and Symphony No. 4 in E minor. “Variations on a Theme of Haydn” consists of a theme in B-flat major, eight variations and a finale. The work was published in two versions: one for two pianos and one for orchestra. The orchestra version is better known. Brahms’ Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra was written for cellist Robert Hausmann and estranged friend and violinist Joseph Joachim. Symphony No. 4, one of Brahms last symphonies, is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones and strings.
Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna where he was a leader in the music scene. He 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 violinist, Frank Huang and cellist, Brinton Averil Smith.
Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy pre-concert activities in the North Plaza sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Market Street—The Woodlands, Renewal by Andersen and Century 21 Realty Partners. Guests can enjoy activities by The Pavilion Partners, Woodforest National Bank, CASA, Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register- to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next performing arts event and a $100 gift card from Market Street, and participate in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange. Enjoy the sounds of The Woodlands High School Chamber Orchestra performing from 7-7:45 p.m. in the plaza. Come early for Pavilion Talk with Ira J. Black, noted music scholar and former college professor, from 7:15-7:45 p.m. on the North Patio. Pavilion Talk is a lively and insightful free pre-concert discussion about the evening’s program.
At the symphony, guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
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 2012 Performing Arts 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. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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