During the first performance of the 2007 Performing Arts Season, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion becomes a magical world of make-believe. Fairy Tales & Fantasies features the world-renowned Houston Symphony under the direction of Robert Franz Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Franz leads the symphony in a whimsical dreamscape of Tchaikovsky's Waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty." Other pieces on the program include the journey of Harry Potter in John Williams’ Children's Suite from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter," Ravel’s "Mother Goose,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade" and others.

Franz is the Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of the Carolina Chamber Symphony. A strong advocate of arts education, Franz has designed and implemented arts education programs for the Carolina Chamber Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Louisville Orchestra, the West End Chamber Ensemble and the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, including that organization’s innovative “Bolton Research Project.” He brings his diverse background to The Pavilion during this playful performance.

Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza include the Instrument Petting Zoo and wizard and princess hat-making at The Pavilion Partners tent. Guests can also register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” All pre-concert activities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Come Early to Celebrate Reading! Prior to the Houston Symphony's performance, the annual Hats Off to Reading celebration, an event 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 the Reading Odyssey Committee, a coalition of CISD librarians, the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Scholastic Book Fairs, Borders Bookstore, Chick-fil-A and The Pavilion, is free and open to the public. As a reward for their reading achievements during the school year, students can take home a free book (while supplies last) and participate in fun and educational activities, including face painting, hat making, costumed characters, a book walk, bookmark crafts and a special appearance by Puffy Pine Cone. Adding to the fun, Class Act Productions Show Choir performs a variety of musical numbers including various pop songs, a medley of Beatles songs and selections from “High School Musical” on the Side Stage from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. So come early and celebrate reading and the arts!

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

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 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are not required to sit on the lawn.

Performing Arts subscriptions for the 2007 season are now available for $165 per seat. Subscriptions include covered reserved seats to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet's Carnival of Dance (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 13th Annual Children’s Festival! Limit one bonus ticket for each season ticket purchased. Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are now available.

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, 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. 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 www.woodlandscenter.org.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2007 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.

Contact: Mandi Hunsicker-Sallee, 281-210-1113
2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380

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

Live Nation Venue Sponsors

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