The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts the Texas Music Festival Orchestra for a program titled Made In America June 17 at 8 p.m. The free hour-long concert features more than 100 young gifted musicians from around the world, in conjunction with the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. Finalists of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. All finalists receive a medal for their efforts, as well as a cash award. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The University of Houston Moore’s School of Music sponsors the Texas Music Festival’s intensive four-week program that allows young musicians from all parts of the world to not only perform together, but also compete against each other. Known as the Orchestral Fellows, participants, chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions, are advanced students and young professional musicians who come from throughout the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Asia, Canada, Central and South America. Participants study and rehearse under the guidance of an international faculty of artists, teachers and conductors.
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the young musicians in a performance that includes Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral,” an uplifting story that commemorates living and passing through places of knowledge, sharing and life. The music then turns to Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, which was written at the end of World War II and reflects both the bright outlook of postwar time and the struggles of the period that preceded it.
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor for the evening, is considered one of America’s most exciting and promising young conductors. She has begun her tenure as music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and her recent appointment as music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta makes her only the second person to hold this position. Chen has completed highly successful tenures as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. In 2002, she was unanimously selected as music director of Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon and was honored with a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.
Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Get insight into the evening’s program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black from 7:15- 7:45 p.m.
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.