The Houston Symphony heats up the stage at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 5 at 8 p.m. for Música Clásica Latina. This classical concert features famed American composers George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein as well as famed Latin composers Manuel de Falla, Ástor Piazzollia, Fabio Mechetti and Alberto Ginastera. 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.
The fiesta gets started with Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.” Other pieces include Falla’s “Noches en los jardines de España (“Nights in the Gardens of Spain”), Piazzolla and Mechetti’s Oblivion and Primavera Porteña from “Las Quatro Estaciones Porteñas” and Ginastera’s Danzas del Ballet “Estancia.”
Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger, the evening’s conductor, is recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Appointed Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, his growing reputation as a dynamic conductor inspires musicians and audiences of all ages worldwide. Lehninger studied violin and piano before he started his conducting career. He holds a master’s degree from the Conductor Institute at New York’s Bard College. Lehninger made his Houston Symphony debut in 2011. He makes his Pavilion debut at the concert.
Gabriela Martinez, a Venezuelan pianist, joins the symphony at tonight’s concert. She has already amassed an impressive list of recital, concerto and chamber music performance credits since making her orchestral debut at age 7. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. Martinez has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Chicago, New Jersey, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Philadelphia and many in Europe. She also makes her Pavilion debut at the concert.
Sip, swirl and swallow at a free wine tasting (while supplies last) provided by Hubbell & Hudson starting at 7 p.m. The wine tasting takes place in the pit section of the seating area and features Latin wines. Wear your dancing shoes for salsa dancing in pit section of the seating area with Strictly Street Salsa. Also featured in the North Plaza are the sounds of The Woodlands High School Orchestra. Other pre-concert activities in the North Plaza feature Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Anderson, The Pavilion Partners, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next performing arts event and participate in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange.
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!
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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