The Houston Symphony celebrates the musical genius of Aaron Copland (Nov. 14, 1900 – Dec. 2, 1990) in Copland’s American Landscape Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. One of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, as well as an accomplished pianist, Copland created a very distinctive style of concert and film music. Adroitly weaving together modern music and American folk styles, the slowly changing harmonies of many of his works are said to evoke the vast American landscape.
For this performance, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts some of Copland’s most well-known works including “Appalachian Spring,” originally written as an “American ballet” for Martha Graham, and his Symphony No. 3, which includes “Fanfare for the Common Man,” perhaps his most famous work, as the main theme of the fourth movement. Reminisce with Copland’s greatest works as the Houston Symphony takes you through the landscape of America.
Prieto, considered one of the most dynamic young conductors today, has widened his exposure in recent years by accepting a total of four music directorships in his native Mexico and the United States. He was named music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico), Mexico’s most important orchestra, in July 2007. He remains music director at his other Mexican orchestra, the Orquesta Mineria. In the United States, he completed his first season as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic, where he leads the cultural renewal of ravaged New Orleans, and continues to serve as music director of the Huntsville Symphony (Alabama). Prieto has made guest appearances with numerous North American orchestras and every major orchestra in Mexico. He also has conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and Latin America, notably his recent Teatro Colon debut in Buenos Aires, his Netherlands Radio Orchestra debut in Utrecht, and performances with the Philharmonia of the Nations.
Gates for Copland’s American Landscape open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert activities including Pavilion Talk with Ira Black, a pre-concert discussion about the history of Aaron Copland and his music, from 6:45-7:15 p.m.; design-your-own bookmarks with Woodlands Online; U.S.A. bracelet are and Instrument Petting Zoo with The Pavilion Partners; and more.
Tickets are $15 for covered reserved seating and $10 for uncovered reserved seating. Free lawn seating is courtesy of The Wortham Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Bring the entire family and have a picnic on the hill. Picnics are welcome; keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Reserved seating 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 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Although lawn seating is free, tickets or vouchers are required for admission and are available at the following locations: The Pavilion Ticket Office, the Community Associations of The Woodlands, select Chick-fil-A, H-E-B and Woodforest National Bank locations, Montgomery County libraries, The Woodlands Recreation Center and other locations in The Woodlands and surrounding area. Click here 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 and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com 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 Woodlands Waterway.
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.
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Contact: Mandi Hunsicker-Sallee, 281-210-1113
2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380