The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion sizzles May 24 as Cuban sensation Tiempo Libre heats up the stage with the Houston Symphony for Hot Night in Havana at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine and Rico’s Restaurants.
Under the white-hot baton of Michael Krajewski, the temperature soars as Tiempo Libre, one of the hottest young Latin bands today, performs the dance-inducing Mambo, Bolero and Cha-Cha-Cha medleys plus “Santana Suite,” “Tico Tico,” “Tu Conga Bach” and more. Be part of the fun by joining dancers from Strictly Street Salsa on the dance floor during the concert.
Tiempo Libre, a three-time GRAMMY®-nominated group, creates a giant Cuban dance party with its infectious tropical rhythms. The group’s most recent album, “My Secret Radio,” was released in 2011. It pays homage to Tiempo Libre’s teenage years in Cuba, features guest performances by jazz singer Rachelle Fleming, and reunites Tiempo Libre founder Jorge Gomez with legendary Cuban songstress Albita. Tiempo Libre’s first recording, “Bach in Havana,” was nominated for a GRAMMY® and featured tracks with Paquito D’Rivera and Yosvany Terry. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, Tiempo Libre’s Miami- based members are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba. Classically trained at Cuba’s premiere conservatories, the group is a hit in the U.S. and abroad, celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and seductive rhythms.
Strictly Street Salsa gets you movin’ and groovin’ before the concert with salsa dancing on the Side Stage in the Fidelity Investments Plaza starting at 7 p.m. Other pre-concert activities include The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and Arts & Crafts booth, Fidelity Investments, Amazing Siding, Woodforest National Bank, CASA, Houston Family Magazine and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.”
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at Hot Night in Havana. 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 Hot Night in Havana 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 also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and 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 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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