This summer at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, more than 100 gifted musicians from around the world are showcased in a free concert titled German Masters featuring the Texas Music Festival Orchestra June 22 at 8 p.m. The concert is in conjunction with the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival and showcases German composers Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Houston Community Newspapers and The Courier.
Celebrate the German culture as the young artists perform Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration,” Op. 24, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 under the direction of Lavard Skou-Larsen. Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration” is based on his concept that a symphonic work can arise from a single formative poetic idea, in this case a young man, an idealist who is struck down by a terrible illness, his ambition lost and youth destroyed, portrayed by the urgency and vibrancy of the music. Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 was written in the summer of 1883, nearly six years after he completed his second symphony. In the interim, Brahms wrote some of his greatest masterpieces. Symphony No. 3 is the shortest of Brahms’ four symphonies.
Finalists of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced at the concert. All finalists receive a medal for their efforts, as well as a cash award. The winner of the competition is showcased in a solo performance during the concert. Both the winner and musical selection are announced from the stage.
The University of Houston Moore’s School of Music sponsors the Texas Music Festival’s intensive four-week program that allows young musicians from all parts of the world to not only perform together, but also compete against each other. Known as the Orchestral Fellows, participants, chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions, are advanced students and young professional musicians who come from throughout the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Asia, Canada, Central and South America. Participants study and rehearse under the guidance of an international faculty of artists, teachers and conductors.
Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy German music and dancing in the North Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Reality Group and Renewal by Andersen, and authentic German food including bratwurst with sauerkraut, pretzels and German beer that can be purchased at the concession stand. Enjoy other plaza activities include The Pavilion Partners,Woodforest National Bank, Renewal by Andersen 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 dinne for four at the next performing arts event and a $100 gift card to Market Street--The Woodlands. Get insight into the evening's program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and former college professor Ira J. Black from 7:15-7:45 p.m. The first 500 guests to enter the gates receive a free Pavilion T-shirt as a souvenir.
At German Masters, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill. 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.
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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