The Woodlands, TX – A Houston Symphony program titled “Celebrate!” kicks off The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 16th Performing Arts Season Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring the world-renowned orchestra under the direction of Damon Gupton, the festive performance includes celebratory compositions from a variety of international composers.

The evening features the timeless sounds of ”Celebration” by Hailstork, the memorable ”Wedding March” fromA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Also slated for the evening is the familiar “Bugler’s Dream” from Charge! by Arnaud, Copland’s "Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo, and "Festive Overture" by Shostakovich, among others.

Gupton joined the Houston Symphony last season and has led many of the children’s concerts, including the Discoverer series. Gupton was one of four American Conducting Fellows selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League and was an Academy Conductor for three summer seasons at the Aspen Music Festival. He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize (2002) and the Aspen Conducting Prize (2003). In 2004, he was named a debut conductor in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony at The Kennedy Center.

Pre-concert activities include the Learning Express Jack & Jill Club, featuring the hand-eye coordination sport of Cup Stacking, and Ballet Folklorico Raices Latinas performing on the side stage in the North Plaza from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Join us for these and other festivities before the main event! Doors open at 5 p.m. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family and have a picnic on the hill. Lawn seating is free, courtesy of TAS Commercial Concrete Construction. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and all other performing arts events this season. Picnics are welcome. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

Reserved seating tickets to the Houston Symphony's performance of "Celebrate!" are $20 and $15 for covered reserved, $10 for uncovered reserved. Seniors 60 and over and groups of 20 or more can receive a $2.50 discount on each ticket purchased. Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through intermission. The Ticket Office is located at the north entrance to The Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. 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 at Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.

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 Ticket Office.
Celebrate Reading!
Prior to the Houston Symphony's performance, the annual "Hats Off to Reading" celebration, an event sponsored by Fazoli's that promotes student literacy and a love of reading, takes place in The Pavilion's Event Tent from 5 – 6:45 p.m. This event, sponsored by CISD librarians, the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Barnes & Noble Booksellers in The Woodlands, Scholastic Book Company and The Pavilion, is free and open to the public. As a reward for their reading achievements during the school year, students can choose a free book (while supplies last) and participate in fun and educational activities, including face painting, hat making, bookmark crafts and more. Costumed storybook characters and performances by CISD high school students and Urgeworks, a fly dance company, add to the fun. So come early and celebrate reading and the arts!

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2005 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by The Houston Chronicle, The Wortham Foundation, The Pavilion Partners, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

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