“Let the Good Times Roll” with the Houston Symphony and special guest Ellis Hall May 26 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion featuring music of Ray Charles. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Free mezzanine and lawn seating are courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Woodforest National Bank and UBS Financial Services Inc. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the symphony as special guest, Ellis Hall, performs music from the late, great Ray Charles. A former protégé of Charles, Hall pays tribute to his friend in a concert dedicated to his music and memory with hits like “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Unchain My Heart,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “You Are My Sunshine” and “Hit the Road Jack.”
Hall was born in Savannah, Ga., and raised in Boston. Having no musical boundaries, he is the quintessential performer, multi instrumentalist and vocalist with a five-octave range. Hall also made a mark with his incredible ability as a songwriter, arranger and producer. He has performed, recorded and collaborated with a vast variety of musical icons. Hall has the honor of being the only artist, other than Ray Charles, to be signed to Charles’ label Crossover Records. He performed and was introduced as Ray Charles’ protégé at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where Charles received the National Visionary Leadership Project Award.
Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 7 p.m. Kids can make their own record at The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth and explore the sounds of music at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Take home a balloon from Fidelity Investments and visit Woodlands Online, Woodforest National Bank, and Audi, the official automobile of The Pavilion.
At the concert, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Tickets for “Let the Good Times Roll” are $15 for orchestra seating and 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, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Some service charges may apply.
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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
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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.