The Woodlands, TX – Hans Graf, music director of the Houston Symphony, leads the world-renowned orchestra for an evening of classic, melodic compositions on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. David Peck, principal clarinet, is the featured soloist during the evening’s performance.
Graf, known for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide ranging repertoire and creative programming, has been the music director since the opening night of the 2001-02 Houston Symphony season. Believing “there is something to learn from musicians and orchestras every day,” Graf is a much sought-after guest conductor in the United States. His frequent guest appearances include Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Dallas.
Graf leads the orchestra through two charming symphonies in C major which, according to the Maestro, is the most "brilliant tonality, full of light." Mozart's Symphony No. 34 is a bright and festive work, reinforced by its dynamic timpani and trumpet sections which open with a martial fanfare. This bold work was the last written by Mozart during his years in Salzburg.
Weber’s Concertino in E-flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra, Opus 26, is a delightful piece full of emotion and depth. Guests will enjoy David Peck, principal clarinet, as the Symphony performs one of Weber’s most memorable works. Peck has been with the Houston Symphony for more than 25 years and has taught at the University of Houston and Rice University’s Shephard School of Music. Currently, in keeping with his love of teaching, he maintains a private studio in Houston.
Bizet's equally vivacious Symphony in C Major is a work infused with the composer's youthful exuberance. So accomplished is the work, one wouldn't guess that Bizet composed it in a period of one month just after his 17th birthday!
Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza include Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion lead by noted music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black that provides guests with insight into the evening’s program. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Pack a picnic and sit on the hill! Picnics are welcome in the lawn area for this event; however, beverages cannot be brought into the venue. Lawn seating is free. Lawn chairs also are available for this and all other performing arts events this season free of charge.
Reserved seating tickets to the Houston Symphony's performance 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 www.ticketmaster.com. 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.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org.
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.