The classical sounds of the Houston Symphony turn into rock n’ roll with The Music of The Eagles July 2 at 8 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singers Terry Brock, Randy Jackson and John Hines, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture The Eagles’ amazing vocal harmonies surrounded by the orchestra in a concert rich with melodies and lush harmonies like you’ve never heard before. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtsey of Insperity. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The concert features 18 Eagles tunes, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” “Witchy Woman,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take it Easy,” “Best of My Love,” “Hotel California” and more. The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium.
“My concept for The Music of The Eagles was to take the music as close to the originals as we could, keeping those wonderful harmonies intact and then add some colors to enhance what the original group had done,” says Brent Havens, conductor. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what the Eagles did on the albums, as closely as possible, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a greater sense of depth.”
Delivering the vocals out front are Terry Brock, Randy Jackson and John Hines, acting as a window between the audience and reworked material.
“The music itself is one thing, but these singers, along with the background singers, more than capture the spirit of the original songs. When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”
Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. with The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo along with other activities for families.
At the concert have a picnic in your seat or on the hill. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Tickets to “The Music of the Eagles” are $20 for orchestra seating and can be purchased starting May 20 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 www.ticketmaster.com. Some service charges may apply.
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.
If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org.