The Woodlands, TX – Maestro Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony return to The Pavilion Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor and the Leonore Overture No. 2. These timeless masterpieces are two of Beethoven’s most significant works and are recognized and enjoyed by guests of all ages.
Graf has been conducting the Houston Symphony since opening night of the 2001-02 season. He is known around the world for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide-ranging repertoire and creative programming. Before joining the Houston Symphony as music director, Graf was music director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight years. He recently concluded a six-year tenure as music director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. Graf is a much sought-after guest conductor in the United States and has led the orchestras of Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and many others. Internationally, he conducts in major concert halls in Scandinavia, Italy, France, Japan and Australia.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 symbolizes the composer’s lifelong struggle to understand fate. The composition ranges from a rhythmic tour-de-force, to graceful lyricism, to a grand march of a finale. Beethoven worked on the “5th Symphony” for more than four years, completing it in 1808. The piece builds through a dramatic theme to an epic finale that leaves the listener bewildered.
The Houston Symphony also performs Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2. This overture was written as the second of four overtures in Beethoven’s only opera, which began as “Leonora” and later changed to “Fidelio.” It was played at the opera’s first performance and is now often heard as an independent presentation.
Sept. 16 is sure to be an evening filled with beautiful and emotional music. Pack a picnic and sit on the hill as you enjoy this world-class performance. Picnics are welcome in the lawn area, but drinks can not be brought into the venue.
Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza include the Instrument Petting Zoo at The Pavilion Partners tent and 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 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Discount
Katrina Evacuees will receive 50 percent off reserved ticket for the Houston Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” on Sept. 16. Evacuees can purchase tickets online or in person at The Pavilion’s Ticket Office. Just show your Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama driver license or click here and use the online code of “tmdeal.”
“Fill-the-Shelves” Book Drive
Receive one free reserved seating ticket to the Houston Symphony's Sept. 16 7:30 p.m. performance of Beethoven's "5th Symphony" with a donation of one new hardback book. Books from this book drive will be donated to the South Montgomery County Friends of the Library in support of their Fill-the-Shelves Campaign for the new George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library. Books must be new hardback books appropriate for use in the library’s collection. Titles not needed in the collection may be sold in the Friends gift shop with proceeds used to purchase other works that are needed. MCMLS guidelines apply. Limit four tickets per family. Offer only available at The Pavilion Ticket Office (anytime) and Market Street's "Books on the Bayou Storytelling Celebration" (Sept. 15), not at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone, online or at any library facility. This offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets.
Tickets for the performance are $20 and $15 for covered reserved seating and $10 for uncovered reserved. Tickets are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office and any Ticketmaster location. Free lawn tickets and lawn chairs also are available. Free lawn tickets are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office, Learning Express at Market Street, the LifeBranch gift shop at St. Luke’s Community Medical Center-The Woodlands, and at select Chick-fil-A, Foley’s, H-E-B, MW Cleaners and Woodforest National Bank locations. Visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org for exact locations.
Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this event. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at The Pavilion Ticket Office. For more information about this and upcoming performances, call 281-364-3010 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org.