Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf leads the Symphony in an all-Gershwin program appropriately titled Classically Gershwin May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. George Gershwin, a renowned American composer, created a distinctive sound that is associated with the 1920s and 30s. His music was an integral part of popular music and Broadway during the era. In fact, he is considered one of the century’s greatest songwriters. The evening’s program includes selections from “Porgy and Bess,” his “Cuban Overture” and “An American in Paris.”

Austrian-born Hans Graf has been conducting the Houston Symphony since opening night of the 2001-02 season. Believing “there is something to learn from musicians and orchestras everyday,” Graf is a much sought-after guest conductor in the United States and has led the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Atlanta and Washington D.C., among many others. He has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as with the St. Petersburg, Czech and Israel philharmonics.

Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza include the Instrument Petting Zoo and May flowers making at The Pavilion Partners tent; a coloring contest at the Mosquito Nix tent; 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 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 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 6:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family and have a picnic on the hill. Lawn seating is free, courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and 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, the Community Associations of The Woodlands, and at select Chick-fil-A, H-E-B and Woodforest National Bank locations. Click here for exact locations.

Reserved seating tickets to this Houston Symphony concert are $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. 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 click here.

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

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