From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album “Thriller” and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. Bring your family and friends to The Music of Michael Jackson with the Houston Symphony June 8 for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Jackson’ influential and celebrated career. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Insperity and Woodforest National Bank. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
The concert takes the audience through each era of this storied performer from “ABC,” “I'll Be There” and “Got To Be There” through “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock With You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and many, many more.
Bridging the gulf between pop and classical music, conductor and arranger Brent Havens takes the podium for a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Jackson’s exceptional tunes. Performed with the Houston Symphony and amplified with a full band and vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Michael’s distinct sound while presenting some familiar as well as new musical colors.
Delivering a fabulous rendition of Michael Jackson's vocals is performer James Delisco. Crowned "The Entertainer" by “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton, Delisco has proven he is more than worthy of that title. He grew up listening to Jackson and even met him at a performance in Jacksonville, Fla. where Delisco was raised. An iconoclastic showroom performer with great energy, Delisco emanates old school charm with contemporary charisma. His handling of a song is so true to itself and to the purpose of music, to uplift and inspire, that a musical and entertainment revolution is only a matter of time for this enormously talented artist. Delisco creates a connection between artist and audience member while ushering in his unique new sound through his original music. He has crafted his own style of music he calls RaGaBaR, which is a synthesis of the elements of 20th century music such as rhythm and blues, gospel, rock and ragtime. As confirmation of his appeal to all generations Delisco continually brings the audience to its feet, with standing ovations at every performance.
“James has that rare combination of a fabulous voice, athletic dance moves and audience sensitivity where he understands what the audience is looking for and needs from the performers on stage. And he delivers,” said Havens. “He has an uncanny ability to make the right move on stage or say the right thing just as the audience is looking for it. It’s amazing to see.”
Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the North Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. with The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Andersen and ”Houston Family Magazine.” Wear your dancing shoes for the Radio Disney Road Crew’s Michael Jackson Dance Off in the North Plaza. Prizes are awarded to the best dancers.
At all symphonies, guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
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 2013 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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