Come swinging back to the time of jazzy rhythms and jivin’ dance moves with Zoot Suit Symphony Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. The music of Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Count Basie and other icons of the Swing Era are expertly performed by the Houston Symphony under the direction of Michael Krajewski. Tickets are $15 for covered reserved seating and $10 for uncovered reserved seating. Free lawn seating is courtesy of Woodforest National Bank and Macy’s.

Dust off your fedoras and zoot suits for this swingin’ evening of music featuring the following classics: “American Patrol,” “The Essential Ellington,” “One O’Clock Jump,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from Born To Dance, “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” from Sun Valley Serenade, “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and more!

Big band music is a type of musical ensemble associated with jazz that became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. There are two distinct periods in history that describe the rockin’ era. Beginning in the mid-1920s, big bands typically consisted of 10–25 pieces and came to dominate popular music. At that time, bands usually played a sweet form of jazz that involved very little improvisation and included a string section with violins. Then, toward the end of the 1920s, a new form of big band emerged with a more authentic “jazz sound” and more soloing.

Before the concert, enjoy pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza. Kids and adults alike explore the sounds of the 1940s with The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts. Children can design zoot suit ties to get in the spirit before the performance. Mosquito Nix, The Woodlands Country Club, Woodlands Online and Chick-fil-A also provide jumpin’ and jivin’ activities, all beginning at 7 p.m.

At Zoot Suit Symphony, receive a special half-price ticket offer with your donation of a new or used musical instrument. All you have to do is bring your donated instrument(s) to The Pavilion Ticket Office and request the special offer for Zoot Suit Symphony. Guests are limited to eight half-priced tickets for each donated instrument. At the conclusion of the Instrument Drive, all donated instruments will be distributed to Title 1 schools throughout Montgomery County that have requested assistance and to children who are participating in music programs in these schools.

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.

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