It’s an evening of all things Italian for the program titled Poperazzi with the Houston Symphony and the fabulous “pop-opera” vocal trio straight from Vegas, also called Poperazzi, at The Pavilion Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. From opera to rock, Pavarotti to the Jersey Boys, Sinatra to The Rolling Stones, these young and versatile entertainers are like a classic Vegas martini, performing a delicate musical mix of opera with a twist! Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Free mezzanine and lawn seating are courtesy of Woodforest National Bank and KPMG, LLP. This event also is sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine and CultureMap. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
With a nod to their Italian roots, Poperazzi explores the music of Italy through opera, symphonic literature and songs popularized by Italian Americans, all under the direction of Michael Krajewski, principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony. The evening includes arias from “La Traviata,” “Gianni Schicchi,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Nine,” “The Godfather” and “Jersey Boys.” Artists including Pavarotti and Sinatra are featured in two pieces, as well as “Balli il Tarantella!,” “Funiculì-Funiculà,” “That’s Volare!,” “Singing Italian Songs” and “Jump Jive Boogie Woogie.”
The spectacular trio, created in 2009 by founder George DeMott, features DeMott, Cody Shawn Gay and Janien Valentine. These diverse entertainers have worked in some of the premier opera houses in North America and Europe and have been featured in some of the top shows on the Las Vegas strip.
Classically-trained tenor George DeMott is a mix of classic masculinity and charm, capturing the essence of great singers from days gone by with his unique contemporary style. Cody Shawn Gay, also a tenor, currently performs up and down the Vegas strip. His vocal capacity and acting diversity have given him the opportunity to play title roles in many of his favorite plays including “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Soprano Janien Valentine, the beautiful female ingénue of this talented trio, started her professional career at age 16 when she landed her first recording contract with Amherst Records. Numerous singing awards later, she boarded a train to New York City where she landed her first audition for the hit Las Vegas show, “Starlight Express.”
Arrive early for pre-concert activities beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fidelity Investments Plaza. Take a seat at the Side Stage and listen to the operatic sounds of Houston Grand Opera singers from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Bring the kids along to enjoy activities at The Pavilion Partners Arts and Crafts booth where kids can make their own Pavilion pet rock, and visit the Instrument Petting Zoo where kids can explore and play different types of musical instruments. Also on hand with activities are Fidelity Investments, Houston Family Magazine, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at Poperazzi. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
Tickets to Poperazzi are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets 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 are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and select Walmart locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Events Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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