Commemorate Hans Graf’s farewell season at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 10 at 8 p.m. for Maestro Graf’s Farewell Concert. The beloved maestro steps onto The Pavilion’s stage for the last time as Music Director of the Houston Symphony. The Symphony’s 2012-13 season is Graf’s grand finale after 12 years at the helm of this world-renowned orchestra. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, Graf is one of today’s most highly respected musicians. He began his tenure with the symphony Opening Night of the 2001-02 season. Born in 1949 near Linz, Graf studied violin and piano as a child. He earned diplomas in piano and conducting from the Musikhochschule in Graz and continued his studies with Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Arvid Jansons. His career was launched in 1979 when he won first prize at the Karl Böhm Competition. Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l’ordre de la Legion d’Honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.
At Maestro Graf’s Farwell Concert, the symphony performs Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe,” Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Special guest, Janina Fialkawska, joins the symphony on piano. Fialkowska has been enchanting audiences for more than thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship and her profound sense of musical integrity.
Help honor Graf for a special event in the North Plaza before the concert. Join us for “A Toast to the Maestro,” a free wine tasting event provided by Hubbell & Hudson starting at 7 p.m. Other pre-concert activities in the North Plaza sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Renewal by Andersen and Century 21 Realty Partners include The Pavilion Partners and Woodforest National Bank. 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 the symphony get insight into the evening’s program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and former college professor Ira J. Black from 7:15- 7:45 p.m. in the North Plaza.
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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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.