Continuing with the great tradition of hosting classical performances over the past 24 years, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2014 Performing Arts Season is filled with an exciting line-up including performances by Houston Ballet, Houston Grand, the Houston Symphony and the 19th Annual Children’s Festival.

Join us in celebrating Stanton Welch’s 10 year anniversary as the artistic director of Houston Ballet May 1 at 8 pm. In 2003, Welch took the helm of the company and revitalized Houston Ballet, bringing in new dancers, commissioning new works and attracting a talented artistic staff. He has led the company on tours to Paris, New York, Spain, Montreal, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and to cities large and small across the U.S. This program features three works - Paquita, Play and Sounds of the Soul.

Best of Beethoven is a classical concert featuring the world-renowned Houston Symphony with Ludwig van Beethoven's “Triple Concerto,” Arnold Bax's “Tintagel” and Jean Sibelius' “Symphony No. 5” May 2 at 8 p.m. Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 56 is more commonly known as Triple Concerto. Bax’s “Tintagel” is a symphonic poem and his best-known orchestral work. Sibelius was commissioned to write “Symphony No. 5” by the Finnish government in honor of his 50th birthday which had been declared a nationally holiday.

Tickets to Celebration of Stanton Welch with Houston Ballet are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating is free courtesy of Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts. Starting at 6:30 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 North Plaza begin at 7 p.m. sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners and Renewal by Andersen.

Tickets to Best of Beethoven are $15 for orchestra seating and free mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Come early for Pre-Concert activities in the North Plaza at 7 p.m. Children and parents can visit The Pavilion Partners Arts & Crafts Booth and Instrument Petting Zoo as well as activities by Texas Children’s Hospital, Woodforest National Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Century 21 Realty Partners and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House” and participate in Fidelity’s Seat Exchange. At the symphony get insight into the evening’s program with Pavilion Talk, a free pre-concert discussion led by noted music scholar and former college professor Ira J. Black from 7:15- 7:45 p.m. in the North Plaza.

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!

Orchestra tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets are not required for free seating in mezzanine and lawn. 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. at The Pavilion Box Office, located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands, Texas. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, Walmart, select H-E-B locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at

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 2014 Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, Huntsman Corporation, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital. 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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