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Grease Sing-A-Long


Music of the Americas


Sponsor Spotlight






Students Gain Real 3 World Experence New Board Members


Dig out those poodle skirts and leather jackets for a Grease Sing-A-Long at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15. This special sing-a-long presentation of the original motion picture begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for lawn seating and covered seating is available for $10 and $15. At this unique and interactive show, guests will experience the movie on The Pavilion’s LED screens, complete with animated lyrics displayed at the bottom. This family-friendly version is suitable for all ages. Sit back and watch Danny, Sandy and the gang, while singing (and dancing) along to the lyrics on the screen to hit songs like “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and, of course, “Greased Lightning.” Attendees are encouraged to come decked out in their own versions of fifties high school garb worn at Rydell High, including poodle skirts and saddle shoes, black leather and powder-pink jackets, chiffon scarves and skinny ties. The best costumes may be chosen to go on stage for a costume contest during the pre-show entertainment by John Wessingler.

Your Kiss is on Our List Sept. 26


Pre-concert activities start at 6:30 p.m. with The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Woodforest National Bank, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Andersen and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Guests are welcome to have a picnic at their seat or on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion. For guests sitting on the hill, lawn chairs will also be provided free for this event. Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $10 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.

Get ready for tricks and treats at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 6 p.m. Conductor Lucas Waldin mesmerizes the audience with a nightmarish performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons and chilling cellos. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 boys and “ghouls” to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza, fully costumed, get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade. Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities starting when the ghoulish gates open at 6 p.m. Participate in enchanted events to win “spooktacular” prizes at BOOths offered by H-E-B, The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Texas Children’s Hospital, Renewal by Anderson, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. If you dare, hop onto the Great Pumpkin Express and carve out some great (or gruesome) memories on The Pavilion’s haunted grounds. Train rides begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Pavilion’s Gold Lot.

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A Whimsical Evening Awaits at Hocus Pocus Pops October 23

2016 Box Seats 4 on Sale Sept. 2015


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“You Better Shape Up” for a Grease Sing-A-Long


Hocus Pocus Pops

Celebrate the Arts

For those gifted with the art of storytelling, tell us your spookiest story or Halloween tale for The Pavilion’s 5th Annual Hocus Pocus Pops “Spooktacular” Essay Contest. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to participate. Each winner receives a $50 gift card, four VIP tickets to Hocus Pocus Pops and has their essay printed in the program for the evening. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen at random from the six finalists. The grand prize winner receives an Amazon Kindle Fire and has their essay printed in The Courier and The Villager newspapers.

Register to win monstrous gift baskets provided by H-E-B at the event. Bring any H-E-B receipt from Oct. 1-23, 2015, to Hocus Pocus Pops. Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza prior to the performance (between 6 and 7:15 p.m.) on Oct. 23. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage before the concert.

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Feel free to pack a picnic to sink your fangs into, but keep in mind that outside potions (drinks) cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!

2015 Performing Arts Season Sponsors The

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5th Annual Hocus Pocus Pops Spooktacular Essay Contest

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official airline of The Pavilion

Andrés Orozco-Estrada Returns September 10 for Music of the Americas

One of the reasons The Pavilion is so successful is the strength and dedication of its board of directors. The Pavilion is a nonprofit organization that is governed by a 28-member board of directors made up of business and community leaders in the Houston area. All board members serve without pay and are eligible for two 3-year terms. Our board members are all very passionate about The Pavilion’s mission to support performing arts. I would like to thank our board members that have completed their term on the board this year including Jeff Shipley, Marsha Williams, Gary Becker, Jeff Harder and Julie Rock. All of these board members worked tirelessly and served The Pavilion well to make it a better facility for everyone. We have five new members that joined the board in May including Jonathan Homeyer, Larry Massaro, Blake Pounds, Patrick Shea and Christine Thoms-Knox. We welcome our new members and look forward to working with them in the coming years. I am thankful for our wonderful staff and organization that really sets us apart from other entertainment venues. There are many more events to come in our 26th season. Come out, bring the family and enjoy this world-class venue. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at The Pavilion. See you on the hill.

Jerry MacDonald President and CEO

Board of Directors and Staff Officers

Joseph P. Ash – Chairman of the Board Jerry MacDonald – President and CEO Carol P. Garner – Vice Chairman

Steven W. Nance – Secretary Jeff Young – Vice President Lori Figaro – Treasurer

Board of Directors Bob Abendschein Jeff Beard Mark E. Ellis Carolyne Hannan Jason K. Harris Jonathan Homeyer Peter R. Huntsman Patrick Hynes

Paul R. Kenworthy, M.D Daniel E. Kolkhorst Larry Massaro Estelle P. McLaughlin C. Grant Mitchell Steve A. Morrow Sara Ortwein Steve Pate

Blake Pounds John Robichau Maryann T. Seaman Larry Shaffer Patrick Shea Christine Thoms-Knox Steve Van Howe Janet S. Wong

Director in memoriam Cynthia Woods Mitchell (1922 - 2009)

STAFF Jerry MacDonald – President & CEO Mallory Vanderhieden - Executive Assistant Jeff Young – Vice President of Operations JD Villaseñor – Director of Premium Seat Sales David Schlauch – Operations Manager Kelly Rich – Event Manager Josie Moore – Box Office Manager Matt Meyer – Assistant Operations Manager Carla Denman – VIP & Event Coordinator Joey Rincon – Overnight Security Supervisor Mike Bevel – Operations Justin McShan – Operations Jacob Meidel – Operations Paula Jauregui – Maintenance Victor Maldonado – Maintenance Larry Stewart – Overnight Security Susana Salazar – Overnight Security Javier Ramirez – Maintenance Lori Figaro – Chief Financial Officer Natalia Livingston – Senior Accountant Heather Reding – Human Resources Manager Jenny Lewis – Accountant Stephanie Stone – Accounting Assistant Christine Scully – Director of Development Leslie Williams – Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator Jennifer Layer–Development Assistant Shannon Wilson – Director of Marketing & Education Whitney Hough – Marketing & PR Manager Sarah Stephan – Social Media Marketing Coordinator


Shannon Wilson – Editor-in-Chief Whitney Hough – Managing Editor Sarah Stephan – Contributing Writer Don Crouch, imagineer

with symphonies all over the world and has collaborated on many occasions with the Santa Cecelia Orchestra of the National Academy in Rome. He gave a world premiere performance with the Academy Orchestra in 2010 of the composition written for him by Oscar award winner Maestro Ennio Morricone for the Harmonica and Orchestra “Immobile 2.”

The Houston Symphony heats up the stage at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. for Music of the Americas. This classical concert features Latin-inspired pieces from famed composers Leonard Bernstein, James Moody, Silvestre Revueltas, Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn are free courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada returns following his debut at The Pavilion in May. Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at age 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. Gianluca Littera, an Italian harmonicist, joins the symphony for Music of the Americas. Littera, also an accomplished violist, is one of the very few soloists in the world today to perform classical and jazz music with the harmonica. Littera has performed

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Pre-concert activities in the North Plaza sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Renewal by Andersen and Century 21 Realty Partners include The Pavilion Partners and Woodforest National Bank. Guests can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next performing arts event 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. 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!

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Local Students Learn from Juilliard-Trained Faculty at ChamberFest Students from the greater Houston area had a unique experience at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in June. These students were chosen to be a part of ChamberFest, one of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s newest educational outreach programs. ChamberFest is a week-long chamber music camp for students in grades 7 through 12 who play violin, viola, cello and bass. The event was started in 2013 by Marie Daniels, a Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship recipient, and was adopted as one of The Pavilion’s education outreach programs in 2013. This year was the third year the program was held at The Pavilion. Attendance has grown from just six students the first year to 25 in 2015. “This year, with a generous grant from the George Mitchell Family Foundation, we were able to expand our faculty and accept 25 students into the program,” said Marie Daniels, artistic director for ChamberFest. “I am beyond excited to see how the festival has grown in four years and looking forward to finding more ways that ChamberFest can grow, especially in broadening its impact within the community.” Students had the opportunity to study under both Daniels and the Attacca Quartet, comprised of Amy Schroeder, Keiko Tokunaga, Luke Fleming and Andrew Yee. All of the faculty members attended The Juilliard School in New York City for their undergraduate and/or graduate programs. “I believe that it was a fantastic experience for the students to get to work with the Attacca Quartet,” Daniels said. “Their inspiration and mentoring could be just the right spark for a student to decide whether or not to continue studying music.”

ChamberFest entails four days of rehearsals and coaching and one 45-minute individual lesson for each student. At the week’s end there is a Festival Finale at The Pavilion. ChamberFest not only encourages musical growth, but personal growth as well. Each day, the students have a 30-minute “Lunch and Learn” session on topics such as public speaking, improvisation, leadership and communication in chamber music. Since chamber music involves interpersonal organization and collaboration, students have the opportunity to lead each other. The focus of ChamberFest is chamber music (hence its name) which, unlike symphonic music, does not require a conductor. Usually consisting of two to ten musicians, the music was created for small groups in palace chambers of the 18th century. “ChamberFest is a perfect fit for The Pavilion’s mission of providing training and performance opportunities for young artists,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion. For more information on ChamberFest and how to apply for next y e a r ’s p r o g r a m , p l e a s e v i s i t


ShowTime is a list of events scheduled for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, including start times and ticket prices. Information is subject to change. Please visit for the latest event information. Incubus

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Michael Cavanaugh

Grease Sing-A-Long

Idina Menzel

Van Halen

Rick Springfield

Kelly Clarkson

July 30

Michael Cavanaugh: Music of the • 8 p.m. Great Singer-Songwriters with the Houston Symphony $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating courtesy of Insperity & Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

July 31 Idina Menzel • 8 p.m. Aug. 1

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival • 1 p.m. with Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, White Chapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange, Feed Her to the Sharks & Kissing Candice

Aug. 8 5 Seconds of Summer • 7:30 p.m. with Hey Violet Aug. 15 Grease Sing-A-Long • 8 p.m. $15 & $10 Reserved / $5 Lawn Aug. 19 Incubus & Deftones • 6:15 p.m. with Death From Above 1979 and The Bots Aug. 21 J. Cole • 6:30 p.m. with Big Sean, YG, Jeremih and Dreamville Artists Bas, Cozz and Omen

Zac Brown Band

Aug. 25 Yes • 7:30 p.m. with Toto

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Aug. 29 Australian Pink Floyd • 8 p.m. with Led Zeppelin 2

Oct. 8 Counting Crows • 7 p.m. with Citizen Cope & Hollis Brown

Aug. 22 Def Leppard • 8 p.m. with Styx & Tesla

Sept. 1 Kelly Clarkson • 7 p.m. with Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson Sept. 4 Slipknot • 6:30 p.m. with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine & Motionless in White Sept. 10 Music of the Americas • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating of The Wortham Foundation Sept. 17 Lenny Kravitz • 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16 Oct. 23

Mixed Repertory Program • 8 p.m. with Houston Ballet $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating courtesy of Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts

Oddball Comedy Festival • 6 pm with Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer, Bridgett Everest, TJ Miller, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune and Ashley Barnhill Hocus Pocus Pops • 7:30 p.m. with the Houston Symphony $20 orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B

Nov. 7 Zac Brown Band • 7 p.m. Nov. 14 20th Annual Children’s Festival • 10 a.m. $8 in advance / $10 at the door

Sept. 22 Rick Springfield • 7 p.m. with Loverboy and The Romantics Sept. 25 Van Halen • 7:30 p.m. with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Sept. 26 Daryl Hall & John Oates • 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 20th Annual Children’s Festival • Noon $8 in advance / $10 at the door Dec. 3 Holly Jolly Jingle • 7:30 p.m. FREE event

Ticket Information Prices do not include service charge. Tickets are available at all outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and Walmart locations by calling 800-745-3000, or online at Tickets also can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through intermission. For more information, call 281-363- 3300 or visit

Southwestern University Student Joins Development Team This summer Jennifer Layer was chosen as the new development intern for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Her main project will be creating a sponsorship packet for the Annual Children’s Festival. With an extensive background in child care and performing arts, Jennifer is thrilled to be involved in the growth of the Children’s Festival. As a born and raised Houstonian, Jennifer is aware that public schools are becoming much less enthusiastic about the creative and artful side of education, thus making her passionate about developing alternate opportunities for children to be involved in artful and creative experiences. This fall Jennifer will be a junior at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She is majoring in communication studies and minoring in political science. While at school, Jennifer is also a journalist for the Southwestern Megaphone and the secretary of an on campus organization called UCAN2. She also enjoys running, writing, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

EfTA Intern Gains Real World Experience at The Pavilion

Carolyn Covington is excited to be working as an EFTA intern for the summer. She moved to The Woodlands three years ago after living abroad in London, Singapore, and Tokyo and is a rising senior at The John Cooper School. At school, Carolyn is on the steering team for Habitat for Humanity and is a varsity cheerleader. She also cheers competitively at Woodlands Elite and works part time at Abercrombie Kids, while still finding time to attend many concerts at The Pavilion. After graduation next May, she plans to attend college and major in behavioral neuroscience.

The Pavilion Board of Directors Elects New Members The board of directors of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, elected five new members in May. Newly elected members of the board are Jonathan Homeyer, executive vice president for Wells Fargo; Larry Massaro, chief financial officer and executive vice president for Newfield Exploration Company; Blake Pounds, managing director for Accenture; Patrick Shea, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Waste Connections, Inc.; and Christine Thoms-Knox, senior vice president, corporate planning for CB&I. Officers of the board include Joseph P. Ash, chairman; Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO; Carol P. Garner, vice chairman; Steven W. Nance, secretary; and Jeff Young, vice president.

Jonathan Homeyer

Larry Massaro

Patrick Shea

Blake Pounds

Christine Thoms-Knox

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In each issue of CenterStage, we turn the spotlight onto one of our sponsors, a gesture of thanks for their invaluable contributions to the many things we work hard to accomplish.

Accenture Is ‘All In’ With The Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is proud to announce their newest partnership with Accenture for the 2015 performing arts season. With an 80 year history in the Houston area, Accenture is looking forward to new opportunities to support The Pavilion and The Woodlands community. One of the largest global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies in the United States, Accenture believes on walking the same path that they advise for their clients. Becoming a supporting neighbor, invested in the lives of their employees and clients is of the utmost importance and value to Accenture on every level. Accenture prides itself on serving the communities they are a part of by encouraging employee involvement and volunteerism at every level. Within the Houston area, Accenture boasts participation on over 40 community organization boards including the Houston Symphony, Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and now The Pavilion with the recent induction of Blake Pounds, managing director for Accenture, to the board of directors.

Support for childhood education is another shared passion for Accenture and The Pavilion. The annual Children’s Festival provides another opportunity for Accenture to invest in the community and the lives of young students. As a technology-based company, Accenture is excited to continue their initial 2014 support of the Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) education efforts put forth by The Pavilion and Children’s Festival. “We want to bring educational opportunities about our industry to people of all ages,” said Kristen Vacek, local marketing manager for the Houston area. “We enjoy being able to engage kids in STEAM learning with fun opportunities like the annual Children’s Festival.” From fresh faces on the board of directors, to a cooperative passion for childhood education, The Pavilion and its staff are excited to begin a relationship with a dynamic new sponsor such as Accenture.

The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands would like to thank the following contributors for their financial support of our 2015 Performing Arts Season and Educational Outreach Programs as of July 7, 2015, printing deadline.

$100,000 - $249,999 Live Nation The Pavilion Partners

$50,000 - $74,999 ExxonMobil Huntsman Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Development Company The Wortham Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Audi of America CB&I PepsiCo Woodforest National Bank

$15,000 - $24,999 Aramark Sports & Entertainment

Pavilion App Redesign Features New Friend Finder Want to be the first to know about concert announcements or Pavilion news? Look no further than The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s iOS and Android app!

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covered under “Info” tab on the app. Get information about parking and gates times here, among other policies. Are you a smartphone user? If so, download The Pavilion’s app and get connected. Don’t forget to rate us in the App store and share your thoughts with your friends.

Launched in 2012, The Pavilion’s app recently underwent a redesign. The app features a new streamlined and user friendly design. Guests are now able to add friends using email addresses instead of pin numbers. At The Pavilion and you can’t find your group? Guests can add friends on the friend finder and locate them using The Pavilion map. Simply enter a friend’s email address and click “submit.” Once you have submitted a request, it can be accepted or denied on the “requests” tab.


$10,000 - $14,999 Accenture Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Comcast FMC Technologies Insperity Kiewit Energy Group, Inc KPMG, LLP TalismanUSA YMCA – Run Thru The Woods

$5,000 - $9,999 Aon Hewitt Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Entergy Fidelity Investments Linn Energy, LLC Memorial Herman-The Woodlands Newfield Exploration Company Wells Fargo Woodlands Waterway Art Festival

$2,000 - $4,999 Century 21 Realty Partners

Guests can search past events and add upcoming events to a favorites list. Turn by turn directions to The Pavilion are available under the “Directions” tab. If you have questions about The Pavilion, it is likely

City of Shenandoah EMI Sheryl & Fred Greene Renewal by Anderson Sports Authority

$200 - $1,000 Julian T. Erwin, Sr. Dornier Family

In Kind United Airlines

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosts more than 40 events each season. Don’t just hear about the great concert last night… be there with season tickets at The Pavilion! Being a season subscriber ensures that you and your guests never have to worry about securing great seats, finding parking or waiting in line to enter the venue. With access to the private Woodforest Bank VIP Club, exclusive gate entry and parking included, the reasons to become a season subscriber are countless. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was ranked the No. 2 outdoor amphitheater in the world in 2014 by Pollstar Magazine. Being in one of the largest media markets in the country, combined with the Pollstar ranking, The Pavilion is a top destination for the biggest names in live music. Recent seasons have included Elton John, Bruce Springsteen,

Dave Matthews Band, Keith Urban and One Direction, among others. As a season subscriber, you will have guaranteed to all of the shows at The Pavilion. No need to wait in line to purchase tickets to a show that will likely sell out. Season subscriptions are available in all areas of the venue – orchestra, mezzanine and lawn. Pricing is available for all budget levels. Season subscribers are able to choose their seat location based on their desired experience. Most season seats are close to the stage and in the middle of the action! Box seats have more room than traditional seats, are cushioned, and have a private wait service during the show. For more information, contact JD Villaseñor, director of premium seat sales, at 281-210-1121 or

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 programs.


2015 Members of The Pavilion Partners $1,000-$1,999

Lisa & Tom Blanchard Brenda Eames & Alan Braaten Candi & Gerald Glenn Alison & Rich Henderson Amy & Jonathan Homeyer Ed Jones Lisa & Paul Kenworthy Tricia & Jerry MacDonald Whitney & Derek McCoy Teresa & Bob Milner Brenda & John Mizell Vicki & Michael Richmond Susie & Jeff Shipley Carol Winkler


Mrs. Tom Battle Helen & Paul Carroll Cynthia & John Hageman Annette & Ken Hallock Judy & Charles Lano JoAnne & Randy Lowry Linda Manning Vickie & Robert Strong Isabel Duque & Brent Wunderlich Melissa & Jeff Young


Julita & Gary Bolen Cynthia & Ronald Brandt Debra Butler Faye & Rod Eson Jana & Jeff Graham Beth & Doug Grijalva Cathia & Dennis Houston Amy & Jeff Kaszak Suzanne & Richard Kelly Karen & Gary Lach Robert Wolfe


Chardelle & George Adelson Melissa & Bernado Aguayo Robert Arend Alana Ashley Susan & Darrell Bach Suzie & Andy Baker Marilla & Edward Baralt Melissa Barksdale Cleo Barry Manilia & Eduardo Baralt Judith Bartok Nancy & Mike Becker Bunny Benditz Sandra Benke Peter Benson Stephanie Beridon Audrey Bernhoft James Bibis Jody & Brian Black Debbie & Danny Black Joy & James Borneman Sharon & Tom Bowen Sharon & Lonnie Brauner Michelle Bridges Carol & Tom Buffa Beth & Kim Butler Debbie & Skip Cain Corine & Richard Calk Sylvia Caracio Annabelle & Chris Carrillo Gordon Carruth Barbara & Regan Chambers Patsy & Namen Chambliss Simone Chiang Julie & Ryan Comeaux Sean Kenneth Connelly Angel Cooper & Todd Phillips Candis Cooper Jessica & Michael Cozart Gaye & Bill Craig Katherine Creighton Debra & Robert Cruz Andrea & Gabe Cuellar Melissa D’Mello Charles Dougherty Ruth Dowden Debra & Matt Dozier Christine Dunne Linda & Rob Eissler Suzanne & Ed Ellis Sarah Epley Melissa Fadler Beverly Fennessy Keith & Grady Ferry Jane Fisher Lisa & Al Fittipaldi Beth & Greg Folks Sylvia Forbes Perry Frank Adiki & James Gage Melinda & David Gardner Viorica & Ion Ghica Angela & Mark Gott Careen Gregory Meg & Dan Grimard Linda & Noble Gulledge Nozomi Haiola Haydee Hale Samantha Hardin & Sal Vela Janene & Rick Hemmen Leanna & Rick Hinds Beth Hollis Monica & Jon Hoover Vicki Huebler & Debbie Stofcheck Taylor Hurd Michelle Huser Marlies Iida Maria Ivers Theresa Jensen Lisa Johnson DaLinda Judy Judy & Richard Jones Letty Kelley Rosie & Bill Kelly Kris Kirby Cindy Kirk Danny Klaus Deborah Kline Lisa & Fred Koetting Conchita & Eric Ladwig Judy Latour Cindy Lentz Karen Lewis Evelyn Link Linda & Irv Litchman Karen & Jim Listak Mary Loy Dianne & John Lundgren Kathryn MacKenzie & Don Koetting Lisa MacKenzie & Don MacKenzie Christine McClaskey Nancy & Terrance Mahan Linda Mallet Sydney Mark Melinda Martin Christine & Bo McBee Kim McCauley Christine McClaskey Brian McCulloch Jane McKetta Estelle & Mark McLaughlin Phyllis Molnar Anne Moore Shelli Moran & Justin Styles Carmen Mulraney Myron Murphy Betty & Ray Nelson Janlyn Nentwig Linda & John Newbold Diane Nielsen Nora Norman Cindy Notarainni Jadzia & Richard Olson Estelle & Mark McLaughlin Shelly & Michael O’Neil Jeannie & Bernie Otten Sharon Ouimet Kathryn & Paul Painter Marilyn & Phillip Palese Nancy Pearsall Ann & Larry Perry Callie Piper Linda Pogue Karen & Lance Portman Patricia Harrison & Frank Radik Tom Rafferty Liz Regan Joyce & Ken Reynolds Margie & Keith Richardson Rhonda Richardson John Robichau Marinella Roger Arlene & Sol Sachs Nancy & Steve Sandstrum Christine Scully Ann & Dane Sever Sharon Schilling Jerolyn Simpkins Ronald Smith Pete Smith Stacy Spitzmueller Susan Staats Chris Steinke Kim Stetler Austin Stout Stacey Stout Candace Strang Kelly & Clay Tarro Stephanie & Mark Teed Ben Thomas Ellen Turner Freda Thomas & Nathaniel Holt Paula & Benny Van Osdell Maria Valenzuela Rhonda & JD Villaseñor Connie Wagner Edward Walsh Victoria Whelan David Wilson Jeannie Williams Eileen & Gilbert Withers Rebecca Wolfe Gene Wolfson Carolyn Wong Janet Wong As of July 6

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The Pavilion Partners’ responsibilities include bringing the arts to the community. We do this in several different ways. We reward local high school students who want to pursue the arts in college by offering renewable scholarships. We provide these scholarships due to the tremendous success of our Annual Wine Dinner and Auction. The other way we bring the arts to the community is by educational outreach programs at The Pavilion, such as Hats off to Reading, Musical Scores and the Annual Children’s Festival. We are able to provide these events to the community in part from the funds we raise at our annual PreConcert Dinner and Fundraiser. This year’s Pre-Concert Fundraiser will take place September 26 before the Hall & Oates concert. It is a fun, relaxing event with great food, drinks and games. Mark it on your calendars to attend or volunteer at the event. See you out there.

John Robichau The Pavilion Partners President For more information about Partners, please visit

Leave Your Legacy at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Make a lasting contribution to the arts with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Donor Brick program. A Pavilion Brick can be a lasting symbol of your support for performing arts, a unique birthday gift, a way to recognize coworkers or business associates or a remembrance of family members and loved ones. The bricks are located at the main entrance of the venue outside the North Gates. Proceeds from the brick donations support The Pavilion, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. The Pavilion recently hosted a brick dedication honoring Lillian Hargis, Helen Garza, Chris and Michael Grijalva, Chris McQueen, Carolyn and George Newman, David Ivan Solano, Daniel Ivan Solano and Usaura Uzcategui. The Pavilion Partners honor past board presidents by engraving and installing a brick with their name and “Pavilion Friend” on it. Any Partners member, who joins at the Gold or Platinum level, receives a brick in their honor. Another way to participate in the Donor Brick program includes a corporate brick with the company’s logo engraved on it. The Pavilion Donor Brick program is a great way to be a part of Pavilion history. For more information on The Pavilion Donor Brick Program or to purchase a brick email Leslie Williams at or call 281-210-1125.

Your Kiss is on the List at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser September 26 Your kiss is on the exclusive invitation list at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. The event takes place in The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Daryl Hall & John Oates concert. Enjoy an assortment of appetizers by Tommy Bahama, followed by dinner catered by Squash Blossom. Complimentary beer, wine and a signature “Maneater” margarita will be served. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite concert T-shirt to the event. Fun games and exclusive auction packages will be offered for purchase. Money raised from the event benefits The Pavilion’s educational outreach programs including Musical Scores, Fine Arts Education Day, Music in Motion and Children’s Festival as well as The Pavilion’s performing arts events. This event will make your dreams come true! Tickets to this event are $225 per person and include dinner and orchestra level tickets to the concert. Guests who already purchased concert tickets may purchase dinner only tickets and receive VIP passes to the private Woodforest Bank Club. Tickets are limited and seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. To make your reservations for the Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser, contact Leslie Williams at or 281-210-1125. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting our website at

Michael Cavanaugh Honors the Great Singer-Songwriters at The Pavilion July 30

Join The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion when Broadway’s Michael Cavanaugh returns to the stage July 30 for Michael Cavanaugh: Music of the Great Singer-Songwriters with the Houston Symphony. Conductor Ernest Richardson leads the symphony as Cavanaugh sings iconic songs by artists like Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and more. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Insperity and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open 7 p.m. A charismatic performer, musician and actor made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American rock ‘n’ roll songbook. Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man himself. Michael appeared in the show for 3 years and over 1,200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations. In July 2014, Cavanaugh shook The Pavilion’s stage for “The Songs of Billy Joel” with the Houston Symphony.

Arrive early for pre-concert activities starting at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza featuring Fidelity Investments, The Pavilion Partners, Century 21 Realty Group, Audi of America and more. Guests can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes free entry and dinner for four at the next performing arts event.

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CenterStage, Volume 16, Issue 3