Three, two, one…lift off! On The Pavilion’s stage, not so far, far away, a symphony orchestra gets ready to launch into symphonic space. Buckle up for a visit to the planets and stars at the Houston Symphony’s Out of This World concert April 20. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Robert Franz leads your voyage through musical space with stellar music from movies like “Star Wars” and “E.T.” along with “The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons,” Holst’s “The Planets,” Handfield and Yackley’s “Big Smoke” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Special guests Chris Hadfield, Space Station Expedition 35 Commander, and Pearl Hall Elementary Children’s Choir blast off into space with the Houston Symphony.

Before the show, enjoy pre-concert activities starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Hats Off to Reading Celebration in the House of Blues Hospitality Tent. Hats Off to Reading is a free event sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a community coalition that encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading. Children can take home a free book and participate in literacy-based activities such as a book walk, hat-making, face painting, fishing for prizes, a coloring contest and more.

Other pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m. including The Pavilion’s Partners Arts & Crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, the Radio Disney Road Crew, Fidelity Investments, strolling characters and more. Join the fun and celebrate reading at Out of This World!

At the concert have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. 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 to the Out of This World 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 Some service charges may apply.

Become a season ticket holder for the performing arts at The Pavilion. It’s the best deal in town. Season subscriptions for 2011 are available for $150 per seat. Subscriptions include an orchestra-level seat to all Houston Symphony concerts and Houston Ballet’s performance (including preferred seating for the free Texas Music Festival Orchestra and Star-Spangled Salute). Also included is VIP on-site parking and Woodforest Bank VIP Club access for each show. Subscribe before May 1 and receive a “Celebrate the Arts” t-shirt (one per season ticket purchased), your name entered into a drawing for Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama at the performing arts event of your choice during the 2011 season.

 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.

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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.


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Sponsors | Live Nation Sponsors / Huntsman Sponsors | Pepsi Sponsors | Woodforest Naitonal Bank Sponsors | Xfinity Sponsors | Citi Sponsors | Bud Light Sponsors | Saint Arnold Brewing Company Sponsors | Nissan