Ignite your patriotic spirit at the annual Star-Spangled Salute concert July 3 at 8 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites, presented by The Woodlands Development Company. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the symphony performs a variety of traditional favorites including “Fanfare and Star-Spangled Banner,” “American Salute,” “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” “Pomp and Circumstance March, “America the Beautiful,” “Jersey Boys Tribute, “Service Medley” and of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannons blasting from the top of the hill. Joining the symphony to perform several of Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest hits are AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. This duo has been performing their remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade. They perform “Homeward Bound,” “The 59th Street Bridge Song” (“Feelin’ Groovy”), “America” and “Mrs. Robinson.”
Star-Spangled Salute kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert festivities in the North Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Market Street—The Woodlands, Renewal by Andersen and Century 21 Realty Partners. Enjoy patriotic music in the plaza by The Woodlands Show Chorus and interact with Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam and a living Statue of Liberty in the plaza, as well as strolling characters including Barkley and Puffy Pine Cone. Also enjoy activities by The Pavilion Partners, The Woodlands Development Company, Renewal by Andersen, Century 21 Realty Partners, Radio Disney Road Crew and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests can register for Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next performing arts event and a $100 gift card from Market Street—The Woodlands. Guests also receive American flags and other patriotic souvenirs at the event.
Independence Day would be nothing without a picnic, so bring some grub to eat in your seat or on the hill. Free lawn chairs also are available for this event. Please remember that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the symphony in this grand, ole’-fashioned evening of family fun and classic Americana!
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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org or call 281-364-3010.
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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.