For an out-of-this-world concert experience, journey to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for The Earth – An HD Odyssey with the Houston Symphony June 15. This event is a special encore performance of the second film in the HD Odyssey series that showcases our planet. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Under the direction of Mein-Ann Chen, The Earth – An HD Odyssey features the Houston Symphony and striking images taken from NASA missions to Earth’s orbit accompanied by J. Adams “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” and Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem “Also sprach
Zarathustra.” Other works include Michael Gandolfi’s “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” and Aaron Copland’s Suite from “The Tender Land.”
The multi-media event takes an existing classical program with strong popular appeal and pairs it with an arresting visual presentation. The beautiful and mystifying images are shown on a large, 24-foot screen above the stage while the symphony performs.
Before your voyage through space begins, make a stop in the North Plaza at 7 p.m. for pre-concert activities. Visit unique exhibits from Johnson Space Center including an Apollo EMU Spacesuit, a shuttle extravehicular activity glove, a space food tray, a shuttle launch helmet and more. Ever wanted to try real space food? Well, the first 200 guests to visit the NASA exhibits get an Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich, a freeze-dried vanilla ice cream between two chocolate wafers. Enjoy right from the package. Explore the music of “The Earth” at Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar Ira Black that provides insight into the evening’s program. Pavilion Talk takes place from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Your journey doesn’t end there. Make sure to visit The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Andersen, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion.
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!
Make this concert your final destination!
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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