What do the Houston Symphony and dancing have in common? A spectacular evening of dance music May 21 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the Symphony in an evening full of music that makes your heart dance and spirit soar. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Lawn seating is free.
Mitchell gets the audience tapping their feet with Offenbach’s Can-Can from “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The Can-Can is a dance performed by a chorus line of female dancers featuring the lifting up and manipulation of the dancers’ skirts with high-kicking body movements. Next, Mitchell leisurely takes the audience into Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from “The Sleeping Beauty.” This waltz comes from early in Act I when Aurora, the ballet's title character, has reached marrying age and is enjoying a celebration in her honor while villagers and peasants add to the festivities by dancing this waltz.
Let’s Dance! also features the Symphony playing excerpts from Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra, which has been described as an exuberant arrangement of styles, from various types of American popular music to symphonic repertoire from historical time periods. Waldteufel’s “Les patineurs” (“The Skaters”), Op. 183, was inspired by the Cercle des Patineurs or 'Rink of Skaters' at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Waldteufel’s introduction to the waltz can be imagined as a skater waltzing across a frozen pond in a winter wonderland. Joining the Houston Symphony on this piece are dancers from Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. The dancers perform to “Les patineurs” on a stage extension built in front of the symphony.
The final piece on the program is John Phillip Sousa’s “The Stars and Strips Forever.” This famous patriotic American march is known as the National March of the United States, enacted by Congress in 1987.
Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza include creating dancing stars with The Pavilion Partners and the popular Instrument Petting Zoo. Dancers from Conroe High School perform for the crowd from 7:15-7:45 p.m. on the side stage and guests can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Mosquito Nix is also on hand for pre-concert activities. All pre-concert festivities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance. Gates open at 7 p.m.
At Let’s Dance!, have a picnic on the hill during the concert. Lawn seating is free, courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events this season. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Tickets to this Houston Symphony concert are $15 for covered reserved, $10 for uncovered reserved. Lawn seating is free and tickets are not required to sit on the lawn. Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Individual tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE and H-E-B locations, Wherehouse Music and Media Magic, by calling 713-629-3700, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.
Performing Arts subscriptions for the 2008 season are still available for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include covered reserved seats to all Houston Symphony concerts (including preferred seating for the Star-Spangled Salute and Texas Music Festival Orchestra performances), VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show, as well as a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Subscribe before May 21 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice and bonus tickets to the 14th Annual Children’s Festival! Individual tickets for all performing arts events 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. 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 visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2008 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.