Join the Houston Symphony for “terrorific” music at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for Hocus Pocus Pops Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Conductor for the evening, Brett Mitchell, casts a spell on the audience with chilling music and spooky sounds as the symphony plays The Ride of the Valkyries from “Die Walküre,” Toccata and Fugue, Funeral March of a Marionette, Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra, Suite from “Star Wars” and more.
Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the Fidelity Investments Plaza can participate in the Goblin Parade that snakes across the stage during the symphony’s performance.
For a delightful “exfearience,” arrive early for “spooktacular” pre-concert activities. Pulling into The Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. is the Great Pumpkin Express. Hop on for a ride around The Pavilion’s grounds. Starting at 6 p.m., costumed characters roam the grounds in the Fidelity Investments Plaza where little monsters can create their own spine-tingling music at The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and ignite their haunting imaginations creating lollipop ghosts at The Partners arts and crafts booth. Enjoy ghoulish activities by H-E-B, Houston Family Magazine, Woodforest National Bank, Fidelity Investments, Montgomery County Food Bank, YMCA’s Run Thru the Woods and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Creep into the House of Blues Hospitality Tent for Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew from 6-7:15 p.m. for “fangtastic” dancing, “spooktacular” prizes and plenty of tricks and treats!
For “monsterous” prizes, register to win one of two gift baskets provided by H-E-B and The Pavilion by bringing any H-E-B receipt from October 2011 to Hocus Pocus Pops. Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in the Fidelity Investments Plaza prior to the performance (between 6 and 7:15 p.m.) on Oct. 28. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage before the concert.
This year, The Pavilion invited kids of all ages to tell their spookiest tales for the Hocus Pocus Pops “Spooktacular” Essay Contest. Out of 130 entries, a winner was chosen from each of six grade categories. Each grade category winner receives a $25 gift card to H-E-B, a $25 gift card to Amazon.com, four VIP tickets to the concert and will have their essay printed in the Hocus Pocus Pops program. One Grand Prize Winner will be drawn at random from the six finalists and announced at Hocus Pocus Pops. The Grand Prize Winner receives an Amazon Kindle, a $100 gift certificate to Market Street – The Woodlands and will have their essay printed in The Courier and The Villager newspapers. Each participant in the contest is entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes. The Hocus Pocus Pops “Spooktacular” Essay Contest is sponsored by The Courier and The Villager, Woodlands Online and Simply Tutoring.
Tickets to Hocus Pocus Pops are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free and tickets are not required. Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, select FYE and H-E-B locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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 Box Office. Guests also may 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.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2011 Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.