The Woodlands, TX – Join the Houston Symphony as they “Blast Off!” at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 9 at 7:30 p.m. Thomas Wilkins leads the Symphony and audience on a wonderful space odyssey filled with classical favorites and scores from two of the most popular space movies of the 20th century.

Wilkins, who was recently named music director of the Omaha Symphony, brings high energy and enthusiasm to audiences of all ages. He has conducted symphonies throughout the United States, including Dallas, Baltimore, Houston, Grand Rapids, New Jersey, San Antonio and Oregon. A native of Norfolk, VA, Wilkins earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Under Wilkins’ baton, the Symphony performs theme music from “Star Trek VII” and “Star Wars.” The evening also features Strauss’ Fanfare from “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” Opus 30, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” These and other works transform the evening into an “out of this world” experience.

Don’t miss the pre-performance activities in the Chicago Title-The Woodlands Plaza. The first 250 children in the door receive “Star Wars” trading cards. NASA is on hand to discuss the next “blast off” of the Space Shuttle and other space-themed games, such as “game galaxy,” “mars rock toss,” “dock the shuttle station,” and more. The Learning Express Jack and Jill Club features rocket balloons and blast pads. Guests can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” Entries are eligible to win VIP parking and dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama's during the next performing arts event. Join us for these and other festivities before the main event! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The main stage performance begins at 7:30 p.m. All pre-performance activities are free to anyone attending the evening’s performance.

Bring the family and have a picnic on the hill! The evening is sure to be a “blast!” Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

Lawn seating for this performance is free courtesy of Foley’s. Lawn chairs also are available for this and all other performing arts events this season free of charge. Free lawn tickets are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office, Foley’s at The Woodlands Mall, Learning Express at Market Street, the LifeBranchSM gift shop at St. Luke’s Community Medical Center-The Woodlands, and at select Chick-fil-A, H-E-B and Woodforest National Bank locations. Visit for exact locations.

Reserved seating tickets to "Blast Off!" are $20 and $15 for covered reserved, and $10 for uncovered reserved. Seniors 60 and over and groups of 20 or more can receive a $2.50 discount on covered reserved seating tickets. 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, including Foley’s, Fiesta, select FYE locations, Wherehouse Music, Media Magic and The Gallery of Conroe, by calling 713-629-3700, or online at Most major credit cards are accepted. 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 Ticket Office.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2005 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by The Houston Chronicle, The Wortham Foundation, The Pavilion Partners, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

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