Take me out to the symphony for The Art of Baseball featuring the Houston Symphony April 25 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Woodforest National Bank. This event also is sponsored in part by Rico’s Restaurants and Houston Family Magazine. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open 5:30 p.m. for the free Hats Off to Reading event and at 6 p.m. for other pre-concert activities.
This major league event features the best music from the ballpark including “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “National Game March.” To keep the baseball theme going, the program also includes Main Theme from “Batman,” referring to a person who steps up to the plate to hit a grand slam, “Across the Stars: Attack of the Clones,” referring to the famous Houston Astrodome, “Orange Blossom Special” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” relating to Minute Maid Park, and more. “Voice of the Houston Astros” and Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton joins the symphony to narrate “Casey at the Bat.”
During the concert, a special live art performance takes place with CISD art students and ORWALL baseball players creating a one-of-a-kind painting relating to the evening’s program. This art performance is in conjunction with BAM! (Because Art Matters!) and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.
New additions to The Pavilion’s stage includes a brand new orchestra shell that was custom built for The Pavilion for Houston Symphony concerts and a state-of-the-art, high-definition video camera/projection system that projects the very best video possible on larger screens.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., kids are invited to join the fun at the Hats Off to Reading Celebration in The Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent. Hats Off to Reading is a free event sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee, a community coalition that encourages students to develop a lifelong love of reading. Children can take home a free book courtesy of CISD and Scholastic Book Fairs, and participate in activities kids love such as a book walk, hat-making, face painting, fishing for prizes and a coloring contest with prizes provided by Chick-fil-A and Scholastic.
Other pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza begin at 6 p.m. with The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, Fidelity Investments, Woodforest National Bank, Radio Disney, Houston Family Magazine and The Woodlands Art League. Come and meet the Chick-fil-A Cow and Junction Jack of the Houston Astros. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite baseball team jersey or Astros attire for the occasion.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at The Art of Baseball. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
Get a spectacular deal for every performance of the season with a 2012 performing arts subscription. Season tickets are just $175 per seat and 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 performance 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 performance. But that’s not all! Subscribe by May 4 and receive a “Celebrate the Arts” canvas tote, an invitation to a VIP reception with a symphony conductor and more. Performing arts subscriptions are available now. Children’s Festival is not included in season subscriptions.
Tickets to The Art of Baseball 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 H-E-B and Walmart locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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 2012 Performing Arts 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. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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