The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman is owned by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the community.
The Mission of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands is:
- To present a diverse offering of performing arts
- To be a catalyst for new audiences and enhance appreciation for the arts
- To provide educational programs about the performing arts
- To provide training and performance opportunities for young artists
How We Operate as a nonprofit
The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands’ main focus is fulfilling the pillars of the mission listed above. In providing a diverse selection of entertainment, The Pavilion’s events include performances by the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, as well as contemporary concerts. Contemporary concerts are booked and promoted by our partner, Live Nation. Proceeds from these concerts are then used to provide guests the opportunity to be exposed to more classical forms of entertainment, like symphonies, operas, and ballets. Additional proceeds from our contemporary concerts help fund educational outreach programs and other community enrichment programs.
The Pavilion offers free mezzanine and lawn seating for all Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet performances, as well as free seating at the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra, making the arts accessible to everyone. Guests also can bring picnics while sitting on the hill or in their seats (beverages not permitted).
Performing Arts Events at The Pavilion
The Pavilion is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony, Home Away from Home of the Houston Ballet and a presenting venue for the Houston Grand Opera and Texas Music Festival Orchestra. The Pavilion hosts annual events each season featuring each of these organizations.
One of the more popular performing arts events is the Star-Spangled Salute held each year on July 3. The Houston Symphony performs patriotic tunes and finishes the night with booming cannons from atop the hill.
The Texas Music Festival Orchestra is held annually in June to showcase young talent from around the world. The University of Houston Moores School of Music holds an intensive orchestral training program every summer that allows students from across the globe to study and rehearse under the guidance of internationally renowned artists, teachers and conductors. Participants of the festival bring their newly acquired knowledge and skill to The Pavilion for an evening of classical music.
Each October, the Houston Symphony performs a selection of spooky songs at Hocus Pocus Pops. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and participate in a parade across The Pavilion stage.
Each year The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground for the annual Children’s Festival. The focus of Children’s Festival is to awaken the creative minds of children and promote awareness of the performing and visual arts to a young audience. Children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during two days of non-stop fun and excitement. The festival also features music, dance, arts and crafts, hands-on activities and games, face painting and more.
To round out the year, the Holly Jolly Jingle program provides an opportunity for student performers to play holiday favorites on The Pavilion’s stage and in the plazas. Musicians from Conroe ISD schools and Sam Houston State University come together to entertain the community and get into the holiday spirit at this annual event.