The month of May brings two exciting concerts to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion including the Houston Symphony’s Forces of Nature May 14 and Cirque de la Symphonie May 27. Orchestra seating for both concerts is $15. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation (for May 14) and Woodforest National Bank, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and KMPG, LLP (for May 27). Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Two great composers showcased together in Forces of Nature combine for a powerful night of classical music conducted by Maestro Hans Graf and performed by the Houston Symphony. Lively and grand, Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, or “Jupiter Symphony,” is in constant motion from start to finish, including its glorious final fugue inspired by J.S. Bach. Marveled by Mozart’s work, impresario Johann Peter Salomon nicknamed Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter Symphony,” after the Roman mythological “king of gods” for its size and symphonic perfection. In this, his final symphony, Mozart did something revolutionary in the final movement with the use of counterpoint, or weaving together two or more different melodies.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, or “Pastoral Symphony,” represents the composer’s affinity for nature and his love for taking walks through the Vienna countryside. Beethoven’s great love of nature is clearly expressed through the suggestive title of the symphony, as well as through titles of each segment. The symphony unquestionably offers eloquent testimony to the importance and power of nature in Beethoven’s life.
On May 27, artistry, balance and feats of strength take center stage under The Pavilion’s “big top” at Cirque de la Symphonie. Under the direction of Michael Krajewski, the Houston Symphony breathes musical life into every move of world-famous performers including soaring aerial artists, amazing acrobats, a hand balancer and Spanish web artist. High-flying action and amusing circus ambiance fill the stage as Alexander Streltsov, Vladimir Tsarkov, Aloysia Gavre, Vladimir Malachikhin and Shana Lord amaze the audience with their juggling mastery, artistic expression, natural strength and acrobatic prowess. Captivating audiences around the world, the program includes whimsical favorites from “Carmen,” “The Snow Maiden,” “Attack of the Clones” and more. For the finale, concertgoers will watch in amazement as strongmen Jarek and Darek perform to Ravel’s “Bolero.”
Pre-concert activities for Forces of Nature and Cirque de la Symphonie begin at 7 p.m. At Forces of Nature, arrive early for the “411” on Mozart and Beethoven with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and college professor Ira. J. Black that provides insight into the evening’s program. Pavilion Talk takes place May 14 from 7:15- 7:45 p.m. At Cirque de la Symphonie, acrobats come to life with pre-concert entertainment in the plaza from 7-7:45 p.m. Woodlands Online, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, also are on hand for pre-concert activities. At both events, children can explore the world of musical instruments with The Pavilion Partners’ popular Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts. Kids can create leaf rubbings at Forces of Nature or get their face painted like a clown at Cirque de la Symphonie. Both of these hands-on crafts take place at The Pavilion Partners’ arts and crafts booth. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House” and participate in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange. The North Plaza is sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Market Street – The Woodlands. All pre-concert activities are free to anyone attending the performances.
At the symphony, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Free lawn chairs also are available for these and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Tickets to Forces of Nature and Cirque de la Symphonie 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, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Performing Arts Season Subscriptions for 2010 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 27 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice. For a complete list of events, visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for these 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 2010 season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org.