Pack your bags for a musical journey June 10 at 8 p.m. as the Houston Symphony takes the audience on a road trip through Europe with a family concert for all to enjoy. With Robert Franz in the driver’s seat, buckle your seat belts for an exciting European Adventure, a Comcast Family Event! Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Franz leads this musical tour with tunes from all across Europe. Travel to Germany with Humperdinck’s “Hexenritt” (“Witch’s Ride”) from “Hänsel und Gretel.” Richard Strauss called Humperdinck’s piece “a masterpiece of the highest quality...all of it is original, new and so authentically German.”

On your next stop, the symphony performs Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor. The Hungarian Dances are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based on mostly Hungarian themes. They are among Brahms’ most popular works, with No. 5 as the most famous of the Hungarian Dances.

Continue your melodic journey to Italy with the sounds of Rossini’s Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”) and Overture to Guillaume Tell (“William Tell”). “The Barber of Seville” has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music. Even after 200 years, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to its greatness. Rossini’s “William Tell,” though Italian in its origin, is most famously known as the theme for “The Lone Ranger” TV and radio show.

Your European Adventure includes stops before the show with pre-concert activities beginning at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza. Join 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 from 7:15- 7:45 p.m. Drop by The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts, and have the kids make a “Pack Your Own Suitcase” souvenir art project at the Partners Arts & Crafts booth. Don’t forget to visit the Chick-fil-A Cow, Woodlands Online, Houston Family Magazine, Woodforest National Bank, Fidelity Investments and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. The first 500 tourists to check in with the plaza’s concierge get a free souvenir t-shirt. Pack your camera and capture your memories of this summer European Adventure!

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 European Adventure 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

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 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.

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