The Woodlands, TX – On May 24, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is transformed into Cirque du Symphony as aerial artistry meets symphonic music under The Pavilion's "big top"! Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony are joined by a team of world-famous performers – including a soaring aerial artist, unbelievable strongmen and even a harlequin juggler – for a truly unique concert experience. See the Houston Symphony as you’ve never seen them before. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Lawn seating is free.
High-flying action and amusing circus ambiance fill the stage as "The Red Harlequin” juggler, Vladimir Tsarkov, and contortionist Elena Tsarkova, "The Lady in White," amaze concertgoers with their juggling mastery and acrobatic prowess. Aerial artist Alexander Streltsov’s natural strength and artistic expression abound as he soars through the air. And strongmen Jarek and Darek, veteran Cirque du Soleil performers, are national hand-balancing champions. These world-famous performers have captivated audiences around the world and are performing at The Pavilion to the music of the renowned Houston Symphony.
The program includes whimsical favorites such as “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite,” “Valse” from “Masquerade,” “Under the Big Top” and “Dance of the Comedians” from “The Bartered Bride.” Other familiar pieces include “Across the Stars” from “Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones,” Ravel’s “Boléro” and more.
Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza include "clown" face painting at The Pavilion Partners tent and the hand-eye coordination sport of Cup Stacking and juggling activities at the Learning Express Jack & Jill Club. Guests can meet Roly the Clown as he entertains kids of all ages and register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” All pre-concert activities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance. This Time Warner Cable Family Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Lawn seating is free, sponsored in part by Lexicon Genetics, TAS Commercial Concrete and TPR Investments. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and all other performing arts events this season. Bring the entire family and have a picnic on the hill. Picnics are welcome. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Although lawn seating is free, tickets or vouchers are required and are available at the following locations: The Pavilion Ticket Office, Learning Express at Market Street, and select Chick-fil-A, H-E-B and Woodforest National Bank locations. Visit www.woodlandscenter.org for exact locations.
Reserved seating tickets to this Houston Symphony concert are $20 and 15 for covered reserved and $10 for uncovered reserved. 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.
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.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2006 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by BMW of Houston North, The Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, Houston Endowment Inc., Mercedes-Benz of Houston North, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.