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03.12.2010
CELEBRATE THE ARTS!--The Pavilion's 2010 Performing Arts Season

The Woodlands, Texas—Cirque du Symphony and The Planets—An HD Odyssey featuring the world-renowned Houston Symphony are just two of the programs highlighting a season of the extraordinary and unexpected at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This season encompasses a journey filled with classical music, Broadway hits, patriotic fanfare, acrobatics, images from outer space, dancing and more. The season begins with the Houston Symphony’s Tribute Concert to Cynthia Woods Mitchell, a concert showcasing the music Cynthia Mitchell loved. In addition to eight exhilarating performances by the Houston Symphony, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra returns to the stage along with Houston Ballet for a mixed-repertory program, Three for the Ages. And the 15th Annual Children’s Festival erupts with family fun.

Performances included in The Pavilion's 2010 Performing Arts Season are:

Thursday, April 29
Tribute Concert to Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Hats Off to Reading Celebration 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation
Celebrate the life of Cynthia Woods Mitchell and the music she loved with this special concert featuring some of her classical favorites including Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien. Cynthia Mitchell had an enormous impact on shaping The Pavilion and The Woodlands community. She came up with the idea of creating a performing arts center in The Woodlands while visiting her daughter in Austin in 1976. They were enjoying a performance by Austin Ballet at Zilker Hillside Theatre, eating take-out chicken and sipping wine on a quilt, surrounded by families on blankets, children in swimsuits, frisbees and dogs. She loved the fact that everyone, not just the elite, could enjoy the performance. She soon convinced her husband, George P. Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, that a venue such as Zilker would be perfect in The Woodlands. He took the hint. Join us as we pay tribute to the amazing Cynthia Woods Mitchell. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Hats Off to Reading Celebration in The Pavilion’s Event Tent. Other pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m. with Radio Disney, strolling characters, arts and crafts, an Instrument Petting Zoo, and the public dedication of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Smokedance Garden at 7:10 p.m.

Friday, May 14
Forces of Nature
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Two great composers showcased together in Forces of Nature bring a powerful night of classical music to The Pavilion. Lively and grand, Mozart’s Symphony No. 14, or Jupiter Symphony, is in constant motion from start to finish. At the time of the symphony’s composition, Mozart had become enamored of the work of J.S. Bach. This admiration can be seen in Jupiter’s glorious final fugue, which pays homage to Bach. 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. Pastoral unquestionably offers eloquent testimony to the importance and power of nature in Beethoven’s life. This is Beethoven’s only symphony with five movements and the last three lead one into the next. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Cirque du Symphony
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Artistry, balance and feats of strength take center stage under The Pavilion’s “big top” for Cirque du Symphony. Under the direction of Michael Krajewski, the Houston Symphony breathes musical life into every move of world-famous performers. Listen while you see soaring aerial artists, unbelievable strongmen, a hand balancer and the Spanish Web! Don’t miss the high-flying action and amusing circus ambiance. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 10
Family Fun Concert
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating sponsored by The Wortham Foundation

On June 10, the Houston Symphony presents a Family Fun Concert, a night the whole family can enjoy. Robert Franz conducts the Symphony with music mom, dad and the kids can to treasure. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 18
Texas Music Festival Orchestra ● Horst Foerster, conductor / Rita Porfiris, viola
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Free event

Join us as more than 100 gifted musicians from around the world, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion for a summer concert extraordinaire. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Horst Foerster, these young artists perform Wagner’s Overture to Die fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Bartok’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra and Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique. The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 3
Star-Spangled Salute
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor
8 p.m. / Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Free event generously presented by The Woodlands Development Company

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion dons red, white and blue July 3 for the return of the Star-Spangled Salute. This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the Symphony performs a variety of traditional favorites, American classics, sing-alongs, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with cannons from atop the hill. Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the Symphony in this grandiose celebration. It’s an evening of good, old-fashioned family fun! Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 20
Houston Ballet
Three for the Ages
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation and George P. Mitchell

Houston Ballet’s Three for the Ages takes the audience on a journey through time and history. Fancy Free (1944) is set in New York City on a hot summer night and portrays three sailors on shore leave in the 1940s. With music by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins, the audience is sure to get a kick out of this performance and have a gas of a time.

Apollo (1928) features music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine. A seminal piece in the history of 20th century ballet, Apollo traces the birth of the god of music, poetry and prophecy and his education by three muses – Calliope, Polyhymnia and Terpsichore. Calliope personifies poetry and rhythm. Polyhymnia represents mime. And Terpsichore combines poetry and gestures in dance. In the final dance, Apollo and the muses ascend to Parnassus.

And finally, Falling (2005) is a classical, playful piece for five couples set to the music of Mozart’s Salzburg Symphonies. Originally created for the San Francisco Ballet in 2005, it is now in the repertory of companies across the globe. Featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and choreography by Stanton Welch, the audience will dance to their seats for this delightful ballet. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 2
Houston Symphony ● Michael Krajewski, conductor / Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston
Broadway Showstoppers
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Similar to the lights of Broadway, The Pavilion lights up under the stars for Broadway Showstoppers Sept. 2. With show-stopping numbers from the latest generation of Broadway musicals like Wicked and Mamma Mia, this concert will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles. Selections from such high-energy shows as Lion King and Rent take audience members on a musical journey down modern-day Broadway.

Joining the Symphony is the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, one of the most visible faces of diversity in the Houston area since it was founded 30 years ago. Members are from all backgrounds, income levels and vocations. Some have studied voice and music, while others have never sung in a chorus before. The Chorus strives to promote a positive sense of community through the music they sing. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 30
Houston Symphony ● Hans Graf, conductor / Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus
The Planets—An HD Odyssey
8 p.m. / Gates open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Audi of America

Houston…We have a concert! Under the direction of Maestro Hans Graf, the Houston Symphony and The Pavilion proudly present The Planets—An HD Odyssey Sept. 30. For this production, the Houston Symphony collaborated with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and award-winning producer/director, Duncan Copp, to craft a film of the latest, high-definition planetary images that accompany a live performance of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. The world premiere of The Planets—An HD Odyssey took place at Jones Hall in Houston in January 2010. The monumental and innovative project then toured to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Florida’s Kravis Center and Broward Center.

The multi-media event takes an existing classical program with strong popular appeal and pairs it with an arresting visual presentation – a project in keeping with the mission of the Houston Symphony that encourages innovative and engaging symphonic performances. The beautiful and mystifying score by Holst is performed by the orchestra while the film is shown on a large, 24-foot screen above the stage. Make this your final destination. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 21
Hocus Pocus Pops
Houston Symphony ● Robert Franz, conductor
7:30 p.m. / Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B

You and your family have a ghoulish invitation to join us for this “spooktacular” Halloween event featuring tricks, treats and enchanting music. Daddies, mummies and little ghosts and goblins can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun will spook you into the season. Pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza and hands-on arts and crafts begin at 6 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 12 – 5 p.m.
15th Annual Children’s Festival
Presented by Devon Energy
Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door

The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground of fun for the young and young at heart at the 15th Annual Children’s Festival. Award-winning children’s performers educate and entertain thousands of children during two days of non-stop fun and excitement. Each artist has a unique ability to delight and inspire children with programs that not only amuse, but also communicate positive messages. The festival features music, dance, puppetry, theater, comedy, arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, face painting and more!

TICKET INFORMATION

Performing Arts subscriptions for the 2010 season, $150 per seat, are available beginning at noon on March 22. Subscriptions include orchestra-level seating (sections 101-103) to all Houston Symphony concerts and the Houston Ballet at The Pavilion, VIP on-site parking, admission to the Woodforest Bank VIP Club for each show, and a subscription to The Pavilion’s CenterStage newsletter. Performing Arts subscribers also receive preferred seating and VIP on-site parking for the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra’s performances. Subscribe before May 27 and receive bonus tickets to the performing arts concert of your choice. More details are available at The Pavilion Ticket Office. Individual tickets for all performing arts events also are available beginning March 22 at noon.

Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Individual tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, Media Magic and select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Most major credit cards are accepted. Some service charges may apply.

For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

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