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. The concert is presented by The Woodlands Development Company. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Wave your flag to the tune of traditional favorites including “Fanfare and Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless the U.S.A,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” “Service Medley,” and of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with cannons blasting from the hill. Other American classics are Themes from “Silverado,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from ‘”Dreamgirls,” and more.
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.
The Star-Spangled Salute kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert activities for the whole family in the North Plaza. Enjoy patriotic music performed by The Woodlands Show Chorus and interact with Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam and a living Statue of Liberty, as well as Puffy Pine Cone. Also enjoy activities by The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Andersen, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Development Company, Radio Disney Road Crew and more. Guests can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next arts event. Guests also receive American flags and other patriotic souvenirs at the event.
Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the symphony in this grandiose celebration. It’s an evening of old-fashioned family fun and classic Americana!
At all symphonies, 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 2013 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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