Dr. Seuss’ Gertrude McFuzz and Cirque du Symphony featuring the world-renowned Houston Symphony are just two of the programs highlighting a season of the extraordinary and unexpected at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This year marks The Pavilion's 17th season. It also marks the 17th year that The Pavilion has been the "Summer Home" of the Houston Symphony. In addition to eight thrilling performances by the Houston Symphony this season, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra returns with an Italian conductor at the helm, Houston Ballet brings Don Quixote to life, and the 12th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun.

Performances included in The Pavilion's 2006 Performing Arts Season include:

Dr. Seuss's Gertrude McFuzz
Houston Symphony • Time Warner Cable Family Concert
Rebecca Miller, Conductor / Vera Mariner, Soprano / Hilary Fingerman, Narrator
Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Composer Robert Kapilow (Green Eggs and Ham) brings to life the classic Dr. Seuss tale of the girl-bird who learns to like herself just as she is. The evening features soprano Vera Mariner in a lively musical style that combines jazz, pop and classical influences. Also on the program are Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie," Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Snow Maiden," Anderson's "Chicken Reel" and Stravinsky's Berceuse and Finale from the "Suite from the Firebird." Come see what all the clucking is about! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by Woodforest National Bank, ticket or voucher required
Salute to Strauss, The Waltz King
Houston Symphony
Hans Graf, Conductor
Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Hats Off to Reading Celebration 5:30-6:45 p.m. (See below)

Escape to the magic and romance of an evening in old Vienna in this delightful program of music by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Jr., led by the Symphony's own Austrian Maestro, Hans Graf. You will be transported back in time with the captivating pieces of Strauss. Concertgoers are sure to enjoy the musical lyricism as the Symphony “dances” in the moonlight. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by The Wortham Foundation, ticket or voucher required
Cirque du Symphony
Houston Symphony • Time Warner Cable Family Concert
Michael Krajewski, Conductor
Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Cirque du Symphony is an exhilarating marriage of symphonic music to gymnastic mastery, balance and strength. The Symphony is joined by a team of world-famous performers including a soaring aerial artist, unbelievable strongmen and a harlequin juggler. Families will be mesmerized by the evening’s musical acrobatics. You have never seen the Houston Symphony quite like this! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 and $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored in part by TPR Investments and Lexicon, ticket or voucher required
Houston Symphony • Time Warner Cable Family Concert
Rebecca Miller, Conductor
Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Program to be determined. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by KPMG, ticket or voucher required
Immanuel and Helen Olshan
Texas Music Festival Orchestra
Giuliano Silveri, Conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner, Soloist
Friday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. / Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as more than 100 gifted musicians, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion this summer. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Giuliano Silveri, conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia e dell'Umbria, these young artists perform the world premiere of Rob Smith’s Concerto for Orchestra and Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. The program also includes a special solo performance by this year’s winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner will be determined the night of the performance.

Tickets: FREE, ticket not required
Star-Spangled Salute
Houston Symphony
Michael Krajewski, Conductor
Monday, July 3 at 8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites! Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the Symphony performs a variety of traditional favorites, American classics, sing-alongs, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture." Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the Symphony for this grandiose celebration! It’s an evening of good, old-fashioned family fun! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE, ticket not required
Generously sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company
Mendelssohn's Scottish Odyssey
Houston Symphony
Hans Graf, Conductor
Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

One of the works featured this evening is "Hebrides Overture," inspired by Mendelssohn's trip to Fingal’s Cave in Scotland. Using traditional orchestra pieces, doubled winds, timpani and strings, Mendelssohn was able to achieve remarkable richness and musical complexities. His other featured work, the "Scottish Symphony," is not based on Scottish folk songs, but rather how the trip made him feel emotionally. Join Hans Graf as he leads the Houston Symphony in this melodious odyssey inspired by Scotland. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by The Wortham Foundation, ticket or voucher required
Don Quixote
Houston Ballet • Time Warner Cable Family Performance
Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

This memorable ballet is poignant, passionate and sizzling with spice! Plenty of fancy footwork, authentic Spanish-flavored dance and comic interludes bring to life the story based on Cervantes’ classic novel. Follow the idealistic, eccentric Don Quixote as he goes on a quest in search of his ideal woman, Dulcinea, while Kitri and Basilio battle against all odds and unite in true love. When Houston Ballet unveiled its lavish new production of Don Quixote, critics greeted it with rapturous reviews and audiences responded with standing ovations. Ben Stevenson’s bravura choreography, Judanna Lynn’s sumptuous costumes and Thomas Boyd’s spectacular scenery combine to create an unforgettable theatrical experience! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 and $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell, The Wortham Foundation, BMW of Houston North and Mercedes-Benz of Houston North, ticket or voucher required
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony • Time Warner Cable Family Concert
TBD, Conductor
Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to this “spooktacular” Halloween event. Hocus Pocus Pops is a night of tricks, treats and enchanting music as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. The evening is sure to be a “hauntingly” good time. Pre-concert activities begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets: $15 covered / $10 uncovered
Free lawn seating sponsored by H-E-B, ticket or voucher required
12th Annual Children’s Festival
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 9 & 10 (school day performances only)
Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 12th Annual Children’s Festival. Award-winning children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during four days of non-stop fun and excitement. Each artist has a unique ability to delight and inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages. The festival features music, dance, puppetry, theater, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more!

General admission for public days: $5 in advance / TBD at the door
Holly Jolly Pops
Houston Symphony Rebecca Miller, Conductor / Kevin Deas, Narrator
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.

Ring in the holidays with a heartwarming celebration of the season! The delightful Rebecca Miller will lead the Symphony in many holiday classics and carols. The evening also features a sing-a-long, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and more! Bring the entire family to celebrate the holidays as only the Houston Symphony and The Pavilion can do. Pre-concert activities for children begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE, ticket not required; limited, first-available seating; no lawn
Generously sponsored by Woodforest National Bank
Ticket Information
Performing Arts Season subscriptions are available beginning March 20 for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include covered reserved seats to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet's Don Quixote (including preferred seating for the Star-Spangled Salute and Holly Jolly Pops programs), VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club membership. Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning March 20.

Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Individual tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Foley’s, Fiesta, select FYE locations, Wherehouse Music, Media Magic and The Gallery of Conroe, by calling 713-629-3700, or online. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit The Pavilion’s Web site.

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