The Woodlands, TX – Join the Houston Symphony Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as the renowned orchestra performs Sergei Prokofiev’s classic tale of “Peter and the Wolf” at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Symphony is directed by the energetic John Morris Russell, and the tale of “Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by The Pavilion’s own D’Artagnan Bebel. This delightful musical story introduces the audience to each character with a musical theme played by a different instrument of the orchestra. The instruments tell the adventure of Peter and his friends as they capture a wolf.
“Peter and the Wolf” takes place in Russia more than 100 years ago, in a meadow behind Peter’s grandfather’s house. Peter’s grandfather has warned him not to play in the meadow because of the dangers that lurk in the forest. Peter, along with a bird, a cat and a duck, are able to catch a wolf that had crept out of the forest that morning. Peter hands over this captured wolf to some hunters, and all the characters of the play take the wolf to the zoo.
John Morris Russell, the conductor, began his tenure as the music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario in September 2001. He has conducted the WSO in four national broadcasts for CBC Radio and the orchestra’s first televised production on the CBC television series, “Opening Night.” Russell’s recent guest conducting engagements have been appearances with the orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Louisville and other major cities. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Williams College in Massachusetts and earned his master’s degree in conducting from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
D’Artagnan Bebel, the narrator, is the vice president and general manager of FOX 26 and UPN 20 in Houston. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Pavilion and is involved with the Better Business Bureau, Houston Area Urban League, American Women in Radio & Television and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, among others.
Before the Show
Pre-concert activities in the Chicago Title-The Woodlands Plaza include: hands on arts and crafts at The Pavilion Partners tent; wolf masks and face painting at the Learning Express Jack & Jill Club; and Ira J. Black, noted music scholar and college professor, hosting Pavilion Talk, a free discussion with insight into the evening’s performance, from 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. in The Pavilion’s North Patio. Guests can shake hands with the Chick-fil-A cow 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 the next performing arts event. All pre-performance activities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance. This Time Warner Cable Family Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
CISD Classroom Pizza Party
The Pavilion hosts a “Back-to-School” pizza party for the CISD classroom with the highest attendance at the Houston Symphony’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf.” Students and their families are invited to attend the performance. Lawn seating is free, with tickets available at the gate the night of the event. Students are asked to check in at the big tent in the North Plaza to register their name and their teacher’s name. The classroom with the highest attendance wins a pizza party, hosted by The Pavilion and BMW of Houston North, in September.
“Fill-the-Shelves” Book Drive Receive one free reserved seating ticket (best available seating while supplies last) to “Peter and the Wolf” 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 that are not needed in the collection may be sold in the Friends gift shop with proceeds used to purchase other works that are needed for the collection. Montgomery County Memorial Library System guidelines apply. Limit four tickets per family in exchange for four new hardback books; limit one of each title (no duplicate titles) per family. This offer is only available at The Pavilion Ticket Office, 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 Sept. 1 performance of “Peter and the Wolf” are $20 and $15 for covered reserved seating and $10 for uncovered reserved. Free lawn seating is generously underwritten by Woodforest National Bank and Foley’s. Tickets are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office and any Ticketmaster location. Free lawn tickets are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office, Learning Express at Market Street, the LifeBranchSM 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. Free lawn chairs also are 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.