The Woodlands, TX –The Houston Symphony kicks off the 17th Performing Arts Season at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with a “seussical” version of the beloved Dr. Seuss tale, Gertrude McFuzz, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Composer Robert Kapilow (Green Eggs and Ham) brings to life this classic lyrical story, featuring soprano Vera Mariner and narrator Hilary Fingerman, of a girl-bird who learns to love herself just as she is. The fantastic, zany world of Dr. Seuss is brought to life in an array of musical styles that combines jazz, pop and classical influences.

Conductor Rebecca Miller leads the Symphony in favorites like Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" and Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Snow Maiden." Other bird-themed selections include Anderson's "Chicken Reel" and Stravinsky's Berceuse and Finale from the "Suite from the Firebird." This wacky concert will have guests clucking in the aisles!

Rebecca Miller was named the American Conducting Fellow at the Houston Symphony in October 2005 and has since conducted a number of educational and community concerts. She has served as Assistant Conductor with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and was also Assistant Conductor at the 2005 Bard Festival in New York, where she performed with the Bard Festival Chamber Players and will work with the American Symphony Orchestra next year. She is rapidly developing a reputation as an energetic and imaginative young conductor. She has been repeatedly praised by reviewers in The Times (UK), The Strad and Musical Opinion for her “new insights into old works,” her innovative programming and her broad-ranging repertoire.

Pre-concert activities in The Pavilion’s North Plaza include: the hand-eye coordination sport of Cup Stacking and wooden bird giveaways at the Learning Express Jack & Jill Club; origami bird-making at The Pavilion Partners tent; and local theater company, Class Act Productions, performing on the side stage from 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Guests can shake hands with the Chick-fil-A cow and register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Entries are eligible to win VIP parking and dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama's during the next performing arts event. 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.

Bring the whole family and have a picnic on the hill. Lawn seating is free, courtesy of Woodforest National Bank. 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.

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 at select Chick-fil-A, H-E-B and Woodforest National Bank locations. Visit for exact locations.

Reserved seating tickets to this Houston Symphony concert are $15 for covered reserved, $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

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.

Performing Arts Season Generously Sponsored By

Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors / Huntsman Sponsors | The Howard Hughes Company Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Texas Children's Hospital Sponsors | The Wortham Foundation Sponsors | Woodlands Township Sponsors | Pavilion Partners Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Aramark Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Sewell

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Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors / Huntsman Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Citi Sponsors | Bud Light Sponsors | Saint Arnold Brewing Company Sponsors | Nissan