Since 1990, each summer, young professional musicians descend upon the University of Houston campus for a four-week intensive orchestral fellowship program. Each musician accepted into the program receives a fellowship that includes tuition, housing and meals. The program is a dynamic opportunity for young musicians to learn from distinguished artists from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music faculty as well as members of the Houston Symphony with a mission of preparing them for a career in music.
The program culminates at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion where the Texas Music Festival Orchestra will take the Main Stage for a free concert Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. under Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen. The family-friendly program will include Piotr Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture – Fantasy; Benjamin Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 narrated by Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn; and Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947). Additionally, Juan Esteban Martinez the winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition will perform a special solo celebrating his achievement.
This year, the Orchestra boasts four musicians who call The Woodlands area home. Stephen Farrell, trombone is making his second appearance at Texas Music Festival, having served as principal trombone in the Festival’s 25th Anniversary season in 2014. He is the trombone teacher at Oak Ridge High School for Conroe ISD. Scott Leger is French horn player from The Woodlands and recent summa cum laude graduate from Southern Methodist University. Chris Grijalva, tenor trombone earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University with Peter Sullivan. Felix Gamez, violin, is a recent graduate of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music where he studied with Andrzej Grabiec. He currently teaches in studios and schools throughout The Woodlands.
During pre-concert activities beginning at 7:00 p.m., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages will have the opportunity to complete their music merit badge through a variety of requirements set up throughout The Pavilion’s North plaza. For the adults, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Pit from Copa Di Vino winery.
Other plaza activities include The Pavilion Partners arts & crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo as well as activities by Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands, Visit South Walton, Woodforest National Bank, Renewel by Andersen and Century 21. Be sure to stop by the Tommy Bahama booth to register to win “The Best Seats in the House” for the next performing arts show with a catered dinner by Tommy Bahama or upgrade your concert view with the Fidelity Investments Seat Exchange, all free to enter.
Get insight into the evening’s program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar Tom Richards and Texas Music Festival Orchestra artistic director, Alan Austin from 7:15-7:45 p.m.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic at their seat or on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. For guests sitting on the hill, lawn chairs will also be provided free for this event.
Tickets are not required for free seating. Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $10 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 2016 Performing Arts Season is sponsored by Huntsman, Live Nation, Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands, The Wortham Foundation, The Woodlands Development Company, Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands, South Walton, United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion and The Pavilion Partners. 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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org. Look for The Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, or download The Pavilion’s iOS or Android app.
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Opened in 1990, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.