Robert Franz gets the audience tapping its feet at the Houston Symphony’s Dancin’ with the Symphony June 10 at 8 p.m. It’s an enchanting evening under the stars at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free, sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The Houston Symphony cuts a rug performing some of the most famous dance-themed works of our time. The excitement begins with Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride,” followed by Suites from “Masquerade” and “Aladdin.” The music continues with “The Waltzing Cat” and Intermedio from “La Boda de Luis Alonso.” Overture to “West Side Story,” Suite No. 2 from “Carmen” and Red Cape Tango from “Metropolis Symphony” keeps the audience on its feet until the impressive Medley from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” ends the night.
Robert Franz, the conductor for Dancin’ with the Symphony, is considered to be one of the most talented conductors of his generation. Critics hail his “masterly pace, emphasis and technical control” calling his conduction “viscerally thrilling.” He has worked with some of today’s finest classical soloists including James Galway, Joshua Bell and Rachel Barton, as well as many of the top pop artists such as Chris Botti, Chaka Khan and Judy Collins. He directs the Houston Symphony in a broad range of creative educational and family concerts and has created arts education programs for the Carolina Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, West End chamber Ensemble and the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony.
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 Woodlands Online, Woodforest National Bank, Houston Family Magazine and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. “Treat” yourself to free ice cream! The first 1,000 guests in the Fidelity Investments Plaza get free ice cream with all the fixings, sponsored by Fidelity Investments.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seats or on the hill at Dancin’ with the Symphony. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are free at this event!
Tickets to Dancin’ With The Symphony 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.
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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org.