On May 16, travel to Spain without ever leaving your seat as Music Director Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony perform a concert of romantic and passionate Spanish works. Appropriately titled Spanish Nights, this evening features three works by Spanish composers and one piece by a Russian composer based on Spanish melodies. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Lawn seating is free.
Manuel de Falla’s “El amor brujo” (“Love, the Magician”) tells the story of a gypsy girl tormented by the ghost of her faithless former lover. The music contains moments of remarkable beauty and includes the celebrated “Ritual Fire Dance” and “Dance of Terror.” Pianist Shai Wosner joins the symphony for another of Falla’s works, Noches en los jardines de España (“Nights in the Gardens of Spain”). The evening also features classical guitarist Eliot Fisk performing with the symphony on Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra,” a piece written in Paris in 1939 amid the tensions of the pending war. The concert concludes with the lively melodies of “Capriccio Espagnol,” Op. 34, by Russian-born Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This work, one of his most-famous orchestral compositions, features a large percussion section and many special techniques and articulations.
Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza include decorating Spanish fans with The Pavilion Partners, the Instrument Petting Zoo and Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black that provides guests with insight into the evening’s program from 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Mosiquto Nix and The Woodlands Country Club, the official golf course sponsor of The Pavilion, are also on hand for pre-concert activities. All pre-concert activities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance. Gates open at 7 p.m.
At Spanish Nights, have a picnic on the hill during the concert. Lawn seating is free, courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events this season. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Tickets to this Houston Symphony concert are $15 for covered reserved, $10 for uncovered reserved. Lawn seating is free and tickets are not required to sit on the lawn. Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Individual tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE and H-E-B locations, Wherehouse Music and Media Magic, by calling 713-629-3700, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.
Peforming Arts subscriptions for the 2008 season are still available for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include covered reserved seats to all Houston Symphony concerts (including preferred seating for the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra performances), VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show, as well as a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Subscribe before May 24 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice and bonus tickets to the 14th Annual Children’s Festival! Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are now available.
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. Guests also can 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.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2008 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, Mosquito Nix, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.