The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion kicks off its 2010 season with the Houston Symphony’s Tribute Concert to Cynthia Woods Mitchell. Celebrate the life of Cynthia Woods Mitchell and the music she loved with this special concert featuring some of her classical favorites April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Orchestra-level seats are $15. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Robert Franz conducts this celebratory performance featuring some of Cynthia Mitchell’s favorite works including Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”), Verdi’s Triumphal March from “Aida,” Bizet’s Suite No. 1 from “Carmen,” Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Webber’s Suite from “Evita” including “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” featuring soprano Danica Dawn Johnston and more.

Cynthia Mitchell had an enormous impact on shaping The Pavilion and The Woodlands community. She came up with the idea of creating a performing arts center in The Woodlands while visiting her daughter in Austin in 1976. They were enjoying a performance by Austin Ballet at Zilker Hillside Theatre, eating take-out chicken and sipping wine on a quilt, surrounded by families on blankets, children in swimsuits, frisbees and dogs. She loved the fact that everyone, not just the elite, could enjoy the performance. She soon convinced her husband, George P. Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, that a venue such as Zilker would be perfect in The Woodlands. In 1990, her dream became a reality when The Pavilion opened its doors.

Come to the concert early to celebrate reading and the arts! Prior to the Houston Symphony’s performance, the annual Hats Off to Reading Celebration, an event that promotes student literacy and a love of reading, takes place in The Pavilion’s Event Tent from 5:30-6:45 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a partnership between Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Conroe ISD librarians, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Chick-fil-A, Scholastic Books and The Pavilion, is free and open to the public. Children can take home a free book and participate in fun activities such as a book walk, coloring contest, hat making and face painting.

Other pre-concert activities in the North Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Market Street–The Woodlands, begin at 6 p.m. Radio Disney is on hand with rockin’ music, dancing and activities; The Pavilion Partners teaches children how to make clothespin butterflies; and everyone’s favorite Instrument Petting Zoo is open for exploration. Other activities include strolling characters and hands-on fun with Woodlands Online, Audi of America, official automobile sponsor of The Pavilion, and more. A public dedication of the “Cynthia Woods Mitchell Smokedance Garden” begins at 7:10 p.m. in the North Plaza. All pre-concert festivities are free to everyone.

Tickets to the Tribute Concert to Cynthia Woods Mitchell are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at Some service charges may apply.

Performing Arts Season Subscriptions for 2010 are available for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include an orchestra-level seat to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet’s performance (including preferred seating for the free Texas Music Festival Orchestra and Star-Spangled Salute). Also included is VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show. Subscribe before May 27 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice. Individual tickets for all performing arts events as well as the entire season are now available. For a complete list of events, visit

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.

At the symphony, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

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