Join the 95 gifted young musicians, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, as they return to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 22 at 8 p.m. for a free orchestral performance. Under the direction of Stefan Sanderling, these young artists perform Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47. This free concert also includes a special solo performance by this year’s winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, Meredith Clark, playing Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp & Orchestra, Op. 25. The Texas Music Festival Orchestra’s free performance is sponsored in part by Arts Houston Magazine and Houston Community Newspapers.

Sanderling is currently music director of the Florida Orchestra and principal conductor of the Toledo Symphony. He has conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony and Tinkuenstler Orchestra Vienna alongside major debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and the orchestras of Nashville, San Diego and North Carolina.

Clark begins her senior year at Oberlin Conservatory of Music this fall, where she is completing a harp performance degree under Yolanda Kondonassis. She has performed extensively, such as playing principal harp for the Oberlin Orchestra’s tour of China in January of 2006, and playing principal harp under Robert Spano, director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in January 2007. She continues to serve as principal harpist of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Oberlin.

The Texas Music Festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. These young musicians are chosen by competitive live and recorded auditions and come from all over the United States, Europe, Mexico, Asia, Canada, and Central and South America to participate in the residency program on the University of Houston campus. Prior to their public performances, the “Orchestra Fellows” study and rehearse under the guidance of an international faculty of artists, teachers and conductors who also perform at various concerts during the festival.

Come early and enjoy free pre-concert activities beginning at 7 p.m., including The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and hands-on activities provided by Also enjoy a free discussion about the evening’s performance with Ira J. Black, a prominent music scholar and college professor, as he hosts Pavilion Talk from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Tommy Bahama’s booth to enter the “Best Seats in the House” promotion. The winner receives dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama’s at the next performing arts event.

Another June 22 pre-concert activity is the Value Wines Community Happy Hour in conjunction with Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. Concertgoers can take a virtual winery tour around the globe as they are introduced to over 100 wines that retail for $15 or less. Guests also can meet industry experts and sample their selections. This Value Wines Community Happy Hour is from 5:30-7:30p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Guests can then come to The Pavilion for the free concert by the Texas Music Festival Orchestra that begins at 8 p.m. A block of reserved seats will be available for guests attending the Happy Hour event. Guests should present their wristband upon entry to secure their reserved seat. Visit for more information.

While the Texas Music Festival is a free event, preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking $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. Guests also can 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 to The Pavilion.

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

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2007 Performing Arts Season is generously sponsored by the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, Mosquito Nix, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

Contact: Taylor Washburn, 281-210-1125 or
Mandi Hunsicker-Sallee, 281-210-1113
2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380

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