Breaking down boundaries between classic rock and classical music, conductor and arranger Brent Havens takes to the podium to present The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring the Houston Symphony April 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Devon Energy and Insperity. This event also is sponsored in part by Rico’s Restaurants. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m.
Expanding the listening experience of Queen’s exceptional anthems, Havens combines Queen’s distinct yet familiar sound with the new musical colors of a live symphony. Amplified with stage lighting and a full rock band, Havens and his Windborne ensemble deliver both the classics, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” and the essential rarities.
“We’ve successfully merged four different groups with the orchestra and it seemed to me the next logical step in selecting a group was Queen. As always, we wanted to keep the foundation of the music as close to the originals as we could and then add additional colors to enhance what Queen had done,” said Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette of sounds to call upon.”
Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury’s vocals is Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk. He is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV and movies. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Dolyniuk assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas’ most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top 40-style lounge acts. In 2007, he lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock/Queen fan, Dolyniuk’s enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen.
Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza including The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, as well as activities by Fidelity Investments, Woodforest National Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank and the Arrow 93.7 FM.
Guests are welcome to have a picnic in their seat or on the hill at The Music of Queen. 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 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 Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony are $20 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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