Celebrate the Fourth of July a day early with the FREE Star-Spangled Salute featuring the Houston Symphony under the direction perennial favorite Michael Krajewski July 3 at 8 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This year's star-spangled concert features more than traditional and patriotic favorites. Will Makar, The Woodlands' own “American Idol,” performs with the Symphony on selected pieces and concertgoers are invited to join in for the crowd-pleasing "American Sing-Along."

Under Krajewski’s baton, the Symphony's program includes Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis,” “Buckaroo Holiday" from "Rodeo”, Overture to "Oklahoma,” “On the Trail" from "Grand Canyon Suite” and “The Great Westerns Suite.” Makar joins the Symphony to perform “Let Freedom Ring,” the “American Sing-Along” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” Concertgoers also enjoy traditional favorites such as “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” the “Na Na Medley,” Hayman’s “Service Medley” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannons fired from atop the hill!

Krajewski, principal pops conductor for the Houston Symphony, returns to The Pavilion to conduct this All-American celebration. Krajewski is in demand as a guest conductor for symphonies across the country, including Boston, Oregon, San Diego, Sacramento and San Jose, among others. With his enthusiasm and delightful sense of humor, July 3 promises to be an evening of laughter and great music.

Since its inception in 1990, the Star-Spangled Salute has been generously sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company, developer of The Woodlands.

"The Woodlands Development Company is proud to be the sponsor of this free concert for the 17th consecutive year," said Susan Vreeland-Wendt, director of marketing for TWDC. “It is a wonderful way to unite all of our residents in a bond of hometown spirit on the eve of Independence Day."

Starting at 6:30 p.m., when the gates open, the North Plaza is filled with activities for the entire family. Children can meet Mr. and Mrs. A. Natomy from the Body Worlds 3 exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; receive a free American flag from Uncle Sam; meet Patriotic Roly the Clown on stilts; take a photo with Puffy Pine Cone and more. The first 500 children in the gate receive a free, patriotic glow-in-the-dark necklace. Parents can browse through items at the South County Fourth of July Silent Auction, with proceeds benefiting the South County Fourth of July Committee, producers of the Fourth of July Parade, and register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Entries are eligible to win VIP parking and dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama's during an upcoming performing arts event at The Pavilion. Join us for these and other festivities before the main event!

Bring the entire family to the annual Star-Spangled Salute for a night of patriotic fun! Admission is free! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and sit on the hill for an evening of hometown fun in celebration of the Fourth of July! Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into the venue. Free lawn chairs are available - while they last - for this and all performing arts events this season. General admission reserved seating is 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.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

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