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Published by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands

Celebrate

the Arts

June - July 2012

Volume 13, Issue 2

German Masters Showcased at Free TMF Orchestra Concert

American Spirit Ignites at Free Patriotic Concert

June 22 • 8 p.m.

July 3 • 8 p.m.

Celebrate the German culture as young artists perform Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration,” Op. 24, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 under the direction of Lavard Skou-Larsen. Finalists of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced at the concert and the winner showcased in a solo performance that evening. The University of Houston Moore’s School of Music sponsors the Texas Music Festival’s intensive fourweek program that allows young musicians from all parts of the world to perform together and compete against one another. These Orchestral Fellows are advanced students and young professional Lavard musicians.

Skou-Larsen

Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy German music and dancing in the North Plaza sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Reality Group and Renewal by Andersen, and authentic German food, including bratwurst with sauerkraut, pretzels and German beer, available for purchase at the concession stands. Enjoy other plaza activities by The Pavilion Partners, Woodforest National Bank, Renewal by Andersen and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. 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. The first 500 guests to enter the gates receive a free T-shirt as a souvenir!

Ignite your patriotic spirit at the annual Star-Spangled Salute July 3 at 8 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites, presented by The Woodlands Development Company. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, the symphony performs a variety of traditional favorites including “American Salute,” “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” “Pomp and Circumstance,” “America the Beautiful,” “Service Medley,” and of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with cannons blasting from the hill. Michael Krajewski Joining the symphony to perform several of Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest hits are AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle, who have performed their remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade. The duo performs “Homeward Bound,” “The 59th Street Bridge Song” (“Feelin’ Groovy”), “America” and “Mrs. Robinson.” Photo by Michael Tammaro

This summer at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, more than 100 gifted musicians from around the world are showcased in a free concert titled German Masters featuring the Texas Music Festival Orchestra June 22 at 8 p.m. The concert is in conjunction with the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival and showcases German composers Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Houston Community Newspapers and The Courier.

The Star-Spangled Salute kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with festivities in the North Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Market Street—The Woodlands, Century 21 Reality Group and Renewal by Andersen. Enjoy patriotic music performed by The Woodlands Show Chorus and interact with Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam and a living Statue of Liberty, as well as Puffy Pine Cone. Also enjoy activities by The Pavilion Partners, The Woodlands Development Company, Radio Disney Road Crew and more. Guests can register to win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House,” which includes dinner for four at the next arts event and a $100 gift card from Market Street—The Woodlands. Guests also receive American flags and other patriotic souvenirs at the event. Don’t miss commemorating the birth of our nation by joining the symphony in this grandiose celebration. It’s an evening of old-fashioned family fun and classic Americana!

Photo by Ted Washington

WARNER BROS. PRESENTS

July 26 • 8:30 p.m. of the concert celebrates the 20-year legacy of Looney Tunes and orchestral music together “in concert.” Retaining the most indelible moments from the original production, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony includes Chuck Jones’ inspired What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, while adding in other Warner Bros. classics like Friz Freleng’s Rhapsody Rabbit , and the virtuoso orchestral roller coaster ride of the Road Runner epic, Zoom and Bored, Baton Bunny, Home Tweet Home, A Corny Concerto, Long-Haired Hare and more. Bugs Bunny is joined on-screen by his immensely popular cohorts, including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, and many others. New to the concert are special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl, and spectacular musical montages starring The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and other stars from the world of Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera.

Conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is a celebration of the world’s favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live full symphony orchestra accompaniment. The music was composed by legendary Hollywood composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, as inspired by the extraordinary classics of Wagner, Rossini, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Liszt, and many others.

Arrive early for pre-concert activities starting at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Market Street—The Woodlands, Century 21 Realty Group and Renewal by Andersen, featuring The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and Arts & Crafts along with games, music and dancing with the Radio Disney Road Crew. Also on hand are Woodforest National Bank, Renewal by Andersen, Century 21 Realty Group, Montgomery County Food Bank, CASA, Houston Family Magazine and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, with more activities and fun! 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 a $100 gift card from Market Street—The Woodlands.

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Bugs Bunny on Broadway, the record-setting orchestra-and-film concert that pioneered a new genre of symphony orchestra entertainment when it debuted on Broadway in 1990. This new version

“Treat” yourself to free ice cream! The first 1,000 guests to visit the North Plaza get free ice cream with all the fixings, courtesy of Fidelity Investments.

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. TM & © Hanna-Barbera. TM & © Turner Entertainment Co. (s12)

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the Houston Symphony celebrate the most famous animation in the world – and its equally famous music – when Bugs Bunny at the Symphony comes to The Pavilion July 26 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and the Lindahl Family Foundation. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 2012 Performing Arts Season 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 North Plaza is sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Market Street—The Woodlands, Century 21 Realty Group and Renewal by Andersen.


Sponsor Spotlight 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.

ARAMARK Helps Reward Students and Gives Back to the Community

Some of you may not know that The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation. The corporation owns The Pavilion and the 13 acres it sits on located at the corner of Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive. The Pavilion is governed by a board of directors consisting of 28 members and has a full-time staff of 25 employees and more than 500 part-time employees. The annual budget is more than $26 million. The Pavilion’s mission is: • To present a diverse offering of performing arts. • To be a catalyst for new audiences and enhance appreciation for the arts. • To provide educational programs about the performing arts. • To provide training and performance opportunities for young artists. Our board of directors has addressed many major issues over the last several years including naming rights, ticket tax, operating budgets, fundraising/galas and expansion.

ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment, official concessionaire for The Pavilion, has been a major sponsor of Musical Scores since its inception 17 years ago. Musical Scores reinforces positive school behavior by rewarding students with a free performance at The Pavilion, including lunch and a T-shirt. This year’s event hosted nearly 5,600 students and teachers. All participants received a complimentary lunch provided by ARAMARK. “ARAMARK’s continued support allows us to reward thousands of students each year for achieving academic or behavioral goals,” said Christine Scully, development director for The Pavilion. ARAMARK also gives back to the community by offering nonprofit organizations the chance to raise funds by staffing many of its concession stands each season. ARAMARK is currently seeking organizations that are interested in participating in this unique fundraising program that is both fun and exciting.

The benefits for nonprofit organizations include earning a percentage of their concession stand’s total sales for an event. Each organization has the opportunity to earn $100 to $2,000 per event, however there are no guarantees on the minimum or maximum amount a group can earn. Earnings depend on the amount of commission earned, number of events worked, fan attendance, weather conditions, stand locations and how well the group serves the customers. “This opportunity serves as an alternative to traditional fundraising,” said Duane Ussery, concessions manager for ARAMARK. “We are proud to partner with area nonprofits and hope we can help make a difference in the community.” Since 2006, ARAMARK has given out more than $1 million in commissions to non profit organizations. If your nonprofit organization is interested in ARAMARK’s fundraising program, contact Duane at Ussery-duane@aramark. com or 281-363-1621.

Off Stage

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Educates! by Lauren Tennet

Board member terms are limited to six years. This year, those members coming off the board include Steve Arizpe, Jim Gibbons, Randy Lowry and Alex Sutton. These individuals did a fantastic job as Pavilion board members. They were strong advocates for The Pavilion and tackled difficult decisions during their time served. They will be missed. We are very fortunate to have five new outstanding individuals join our board in May. You can learn more about these new members on page 5. I would like to thank George Lindahl, our outgoing chairman of the board for the last two years. George is a great leader and inspired all of us to strive for excellence. Once again, I would like to thank our sponsors and board of directors for their support and look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events.

Jerry MacDonald President and CEO

Every year, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion dedicates time and resources to educating children about the arts. Approximately 30,000 students and families take part in a variety of educational outreach programs hosted by The Pavilion, such as Hats Off to Reading, Musical Scores and Fine Arts Education Day. Hats Off to Reading is an annual free literacy event at The Pavilion sponsored by the Reading Odyssey Committee. This year, the event was held April 25 prior to the Houston Symphony’s The Art of Baseball concert. With more than 850 people in attendance, the celebration encourages children to develop a lifelong love of reading through literacy-based activities, such as visiting with storybook characters, making bookmarks, and by receiving a free book to take home. Reading Odyssey is a partnership between MCMLS, CISD librarians, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Library, Scholastic Book Fairs, Chick-fil-A, Junior League of North Harris and Montgomery Counties and The Pavilion.

Contact Information For information about season tickets, joining The Pavilion Partners or participating in our educational outreach programs, call 281-364-3010. Visit www.woodlandscenter.org for details.

of David Edward Garcia, Soul Street Dance Co., Black Violin with Drums and the Houston Rockets Launch Crew. The Pavilion also partnered with Carver Magnet High School graphic arts students to create T-shirt artwork for Musical Scores. This year’s winner was Jose Navarro, a junior in the visual arts department at Carver. His design was featured on the free T-shirts all students received at Musical Scores. On May 23, approximately 5,500 Conroe ISD students and teachers, including all fourth graders in the district, attended the annual Fine Arts Education Day at The Pavilion. This free program is designed for fourth grade students to introduce them to orchestral music and instruments before they choose their elective when going into fifth grade. Sixth grade band and orchestra students also were invited. This year, the Houston Symphony’s program, as directed by Robert Franz, centered on the theme of “Water Music” and featured guest meteorologist Stephanie Melton who talked about the music as it relates to weather and clouds. The students enjoyed works by some of the greatest classical composers: Handel, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. For more information about The Pavilion’s educational programming, visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

Woodforest Bank Club and House of Blues Hospitality Tent To book your next meeting or event, call 281-363-0900.

Guests with Disabilities For information on guests with wheelchairs, hearing or visual impairments, call 281-364-3010.

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Photo by Ted Washington

This year’s 17th annual Musical Scores event was held May 9 and successfully introduced nearly 5,600 Greater Houston area students and teachers to the arts. Musical Scores is a free program that primarily serves academically at-risk middle school students. These students earn the opportunity to attend the event by achieving their personal “musical score.” This score can be reached by achieving scholastic goals and displaying model behavior. The students are treated to a performance, keynote speaker, free T-shirt and lunch. This year’s music-filled program featured the talents

CISD Superintendent Don Stockton (left) poses for a picture with Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (center), and Patrick Paris, fine arts coordinator for CISD (right) at Fine Arts Education Day May 23.


ShowTime

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 check our website for the latest event information. Rascal Flatts

Michael Krajewski

Chicago Iron Maiden

Jason Mraz Crosby, Stills and Nash

June 21 Il Divo • 8 p.m. $105 Res. Pit / $105, $89.50, $49.50 & $39.50 Reserved June 22

German Masters • 8 p.m. with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra Lavard Skou-Larsen, conductor FREE event

June 24 One Direction • 7:30 p.m. Sold Out

Kelly Clarkson

July 26 July 28

Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony • 8:30 p.m. with the Houston Symphony George Daugherty, creator and conductor $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Lindahl Family Foundation 94.5 The Buzz Bud Light Weenie Roast • 3:30 p.m. with Chevelle and more $55 GA Pit / $42.50, $35 & $25 Reserved / $15 Lawn

July 3

Star-Spangled Salute • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Michael Krajewski, conductor AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, vocalists FREE event sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company

Aug. 2

Pitbull • 7:30 p.m. $99.50 GA Pit / $69.50, $59.50, $39.50 & $29.50 Reserved

Aug. 3

Kiss and Mötley Crüe • 6:45 p.m. $126 Res. Pit / $126, $100.50, $70.50, $50.50 & $30.50 Reserved / $26 Lawn

July 11

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival • 6 p.m. with Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and more $89.50 GA Pit / $69.50, $39.50 & $29 Reserved / $29 Lawn

Aug. 11 IDentity Festival 2012 • 2 p.m. with Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Nero-DJ Set and more $40 general admission

July 13 Big Time Rush • 7 p.m. with Cody Simpson and Rachel Crow $65 Res. Pit / $65, $49.50 & $39.50 Reserved / $20 Lawn July 14

Farmers Insurance presents Rascal Flatts • 7 p.m. “Changed” Tour wth Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge $75 GA Pit / $75 & $59.75 Reserved / $29.75 Lawn

July 15

311 • 7 p.m. with Slightly Stoopid & The Aggrolites $59.50 GA Pit / $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50 Reserved / $25 Lawn

July 17 Dukes of September • 7:30 p.m. with Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs $125 Res. Pit / $125, $77.50, $57.50, $37.50 & $27.50 Reserved July 20

Barenaked Ladies & Blues Traveler • 7 p.m. with Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker $69.50 Res. Pit / $69.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50 Reserved / $20 Lawn

July 21 Joe Cocker & Huey Lewis and the News • 7:30 p.m. $99.50 Res. Pit / $99.50, $79.50, $69.50, $59.50 & $39.50 Reserved July 22 Chicago & The Doobie Brothers • 7:30 p.m. $145 Res. Pit / $145, $86, $46, $36 & $26 Reserved / $26 Lawn

Pitbull Hans Graf

Journey

Aug. 12 Jason Mraz • 7:30 p.m. with Christina Perri $59.50 Res. Pit / $59.50 & $39.50 Reserved / $23 Lawn Aug. 14 Sublime with Rome • 6:20 p.m. with Matisyahu, Pepper & The Dirty Heads $89.50 GA Pit / $59.50, $39.50 & $29.50 Reserved / $25 Lawn Aug. 15 Crosby, Stills & Nash • 7:30 p.m. $96 Res. Pit / $96, $79, $66, $56, $41 & $31 Reserved Aug. 18

Iron Maiden • 7:30 p.m. with Coheed and Cambria $99.50 GA Pit / $99.50, $79.50 & $59.50 Reserved / $35 Lawn

Aug. 24

Journey • 7 p.m. with Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo & Loverboy $135 Res. Pit / $135, $89.50, $69.50, $59.50 & $49.50 Reserved / $32.50 Lawn

Aug. 28

94.5 The Buzz Presents: • 6:30 p.m. The Honda Civic Tour 2012 Linkin Park & Incubus with MUTEMATH $100.25 GA Pit / $90.25, $80.25 & $50.25 Reserved / $46.50 Lawn

Sept. 1

The Rock of Ages Tour Def Leppard & Poison • 7 p.m. with Lita Ford $125 Res. Pit / $125, $79.50, $59.50 & $39.50 Reserved / $35 Lawn

Sept. 6

Photo by Bruce Bennett

Photo by Michael Tammaro

Lavard Skou-Larsen

Jason Aldean

Latin American Classical • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Hans Graf, conductor $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Sept. 7 Kelly Clarkson & The Fray • 7 p.m. $79.50 Res. Pit / $79.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50 Reserved / $20 Lawn Sept. 8 Ford F-Series presents Toby Keith • Time TBA with Brantley Gilbert plus special guest Individual ticket prices and on-sale date TBA Sept. 14 Train • 7 p.m. $65 Res. Pit / $65, 49.50 & $29.50 Reserved / $20 Lawn Sept. 21

Evening with Brahms • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Hans Graf, conductor Frank Huang, violin / Brinton Averil Smith, cello $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Sept. 29 Florence & the Machine • 7:30 p.m. $69.50 GA Pit / $59.50, $45 & $35 Reserved Oct. 11 Gotye • 7:30 p.m. with Givers & Jonti $49.50 GA Pit / $43.50 Reserved Oct. 12

Hocus Pocus Pops • 7:30 p.m. with the Houston Symphony $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B

Oct. 26 Jason Aldean • Time TBA with Luke Bryan plus special guest Individual ticket prices and on-sale date TBA Nov. 10 17th Annual Children’s Festival • 10 a.m. presented by Devon Energy $8 in advance / $10 at door Nov. 11 17th Annual Children’s Festival • 12 p.m. presented by Devon Energy $8 in advance / $10 at door Dec. 7

Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular • 7:30 p.m. with the Houston Symphony $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating courtesy of Woodforest National Bank and KPMG, LLP.

Ticket Information Prices do not include service charge. Tickets are available at all outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and Walmart locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. 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. The Box Office is located at the north entrance to The Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. For more information, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org. Prepaid, preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for most performing arts events and $15 per vehicle for most contemporary events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Some service charges may apply. Advance purchase is not required, but guarantees a space the day of the show.

Phil Garner, former manager of the Houston Astros (left), Milo Hamilton, Hall of Famer and Voice of the Houston Astros

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is proud to partner with Union Pacific for support of its educational outreach programs.

(center), and Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (right), posed for a picture

Union Pacific donated $5,000 toward Musical Scores, one of The Pavilion’s most successful educational outreach events

backstage at The Art of Baseball April 25 at The Pavilion. The concert featured the Houston Symphony performing the

held May 9 with more than 5,600 students and teachers in attendance. Pictured (left to right) are Juan M. Carreon, assistant

best music from the ballpark.

vice president of public affairs corporate relations for Union Pacific Railroad, Marsha Williams, Pavilion board member, and Christine Scully, development director of The Pavilion.


S U P P O RTING C ST President’s Message

One of the most successful fundraising events produced by The Pavilion Partners is the annual Wine Dinner & Auction. This year approximately $130,000 was raised with $89,300 benefiting The Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. The remainder of the funds benefit The Pavilion’s 2012 educational outreach programs. For the second year, $1,000 named scholarships were available for guests to purchase and donate. This drastically increases the amount of scholarships that Partners is able to award.

I have been a judge for the instrumental music scholarship competition for the past several years, and it has been by far, the most rewarding part of being a volunteer. The degree of professionalism and artistic performances by the students is simply amazing. Many started their music instruction at a very early age. In interviewing the young musicians, there is a deep love of music instilled in all of them. Many of them were influenced by a teacher, a family member or a favorite composer. And it was heartwarming to listen to their aspirations of becoming band directors, symphony performers and composers.

The Pavilion Partners Awards Scholarships The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, recently awarded fine arts scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. The awards included 25 new scholarships and 31 renewal scholarships. Since its inception, Partners has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying the arts. Scholarships are based on the talent and academic performance of students majoring in the fine arts disciplines of dance, instrumental music, theatre arts, visual/ graphic arts, or vocal music. A scholarship reception honoring new recipients and their families was held April 30 at The Pavilion.

This year, the top scholarship, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, was awarded to Caitlin Finnie from The John Cooper School. She is planning to study vocal music in college. Twenty-four other first-time scholarships also were awarded, including The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring Jacque & Lloyd Everson, named after the honorees of this year’s Wine Dinner. It was awarded to Kevin Fenske of Tomball High School, pursuing a degree in instrumental music. An additional 31 renewal scholarships

The Pavilion Partners 2012 First-time Scholarship Recipients (Awarded $1,000 unless otherwise noted)

also were awarded. Can you help us make a deserving student’s dream possible? Consider making a donation today to the scholarship program. For information about donating a scholarship, contact Christine Scully at cscully@woodlandcenter.org.

Cecily Breaux, Theatre Arts The Woodlands High School Logan Butler, Instrumental Music The Woodlands College Park High School ($2,000, The The Lois Hurt Memorial Scholarship)

Diane Nielsen The Pavilion Partners President For more information about Partners, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org/partners.

Rock Out at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner and Fundraiser by Lauren Tennet

of t r ea Roll” H e k n’ h T “ oc R

Harrison Berwick, Instrumental Music The Woodlands College Park High School

Are you still sporting your 1980s power mullet or side pony tail? Do you wish you could go back and hang out with the “Breakfast Club” or take a trip with Ferris on his day off? Well, it may not be 1985 anymore, but you can still rock out like it is.

Join us for The Pavilion Partners’ “Heart of Rock n’ Roll” Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser July 21 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Joe Cocker & Huey Lewis and The News concert. Tickets to the electric evening are $200 per person. The evening starts at 5 p.m. with a social hour including complimentary beer and margaritas. Your VIP dinner commences at 6 p.m. followed by a live auction with items any “rock star” would love. Special reserved seating for the concert, as well as VIP club passes, are included in this stellar deal. All dudes and dudettes are encouraged to wear their favorite concert T-shirts. Funds raised from the event benefit The Pavilion’s performing arts events and educational outreach programs. Don’t wait to hop on this crazy train! Tickets are limited, so please respond by July 2. Seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. To make reservations for the Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

Barry Carter, Visual Arts Magnolia West High School ($2,000, The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring Nancy and Casey Kosh) Jonathan Downey, Theatre Arts Tomball High School Kevin Fenske, Instrumental Music Tomball High School ($2,000, The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring Jacque & Lloyd Everson) Caitlin Finnie, Vocal Music The John Cooper School ($2,000, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Memorial Scholarship) Tiffany Heimbach, Dance The Woodlands High School Andrea Horton, Vocal Music The Woodlands High School ($2,000, The Vince Caracio Memorial Scholarship) Francesca Killian, Visual Arts The Woodlands High School Raehyun Kim, Visual Arts The Woodlands High School Lauren Lamphier, Vocal Music Oak Ridge High School

Jacque and Lloyd Everson (second from right) were honored at the 14th Annual Wine Dinner & Auction March 25. Pictured

Patrick Lanning, Dance The Woodlands High School (The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring Sol Sachs) Katelyn Mattingly, Theatre Arts The Woodlands High School Abigail Miller, Dance The Woodlands College Park High School Taylor Osarogiagbon, Visual Arts The Woodlands College Park High School Meghan O’Sullivan, Visual Arts Oak Ridge High School Travion Payne, Visual Arts Carver Magnet High School Cameron Shaw, Instrumental Music Tomball High School Autumn Simpson, Theatre Arts Oak Ridge High School ($2000, The Nancy Bock Memorial Scholarship) Jacqueline Skinner, Vocal Music Caney Creek High School Kate Sullivan, Visual Arts The Woodlands High School Allison Swar, Visual Arts The Woodlands College Park High School (The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring Randy Lowry) Denzel Taylor, Dance Carver Magnet High School ($2,000, The Pavilion Partners Scholarship honoring the Founding Members) Rene Vazquez, Vocal Music Spring High School

Sylvia Caracio, Chardelle Adelson and Nancy Becker (pictured left to right) enjoyed an evening

with the Eversons are (left to right) Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion, Candi Glenn, co-chairwoman of

of wine, food and friends at the 14th Annual Wine Dinner & Auction March 25 on the Main Stage at

the event, George Lindahl III, chairman of The Pavilion Board of Directors, and Randy Lowry, co-chairman of the event.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

2012 Members of The Pavilion Partners $1,000-$1,999 Delvin & Joe Ash Barb & Stephen Crain Candi & Gerald Glenn Tricia & Jerry MacDonald Julie & Jerry Mayrant Whitney & Derek McCoy Suzanne & Robert Potter Vicki & Michael Richmond Maryann T. & Timothy Seaman $500-$999 Suzanne & Ed Ellis Judy & Charles Lano JoAnne & Randy Lowry Gayelene & Ralph McIngvale Brenda & John Mizell Sandy & Steve Morrow Janet Wong & Ronald Mullins Arla & Gerald Neuberger Cindy Notarainni Shannon & Brian Wing Melissa & Jeff Young $250-$499 Nancy & Tom Battle Louise & Dr. Henry Bethea Debra & Michael Caliel Dixie & Bret Cope Gaye & Bill Craig Karol & James Dreibelbis Anne & David Dunlap Keith & Grady Ferry Bob Hurt Jan & Greg Jewell Ed Jones Conchita & Eric Ladwig Annice & John Nanninga Shelly & Michael O’Neil Cheryl & Ron Ridlehuber Arlene & Sol Sachs Peg & Tim Welbes $50-$100 Chardelle Adelson Janice & Dale Alexander Amy Botwinis & Rodney Anderson Lisa Arvidson Suzie Baker Judith Bartok Nancy & Mike Becker Nell & Ed Belanger Bunny & David Benditz Jodi Black Cheryl Blair Nelda Luce & Jim Blair Sharon & Tom Bowen Brenda Eames & Alen Braaten Michelle Bridges Carol & Tom Buffa Beth Butler Debbie & Skip Cain Cherry & Jeff Calendar Sharon Callahan Annabelle & Chris Carillo Alice Castle Barbara Chambers Linda Cisneros Candis Cooper Andria & Gabriel Cuellar Helen & Rocky Del Papa Ruth Dowden Debra & Matt Dozier Cindy & Andrew DuBois Tina Dunne Linda & Rep. Rob Eissler Sarah Epley Sandy Ferguson Lori & Sean Figaro Jane Fisher Beth & Greg Folks Sylvia Forbes Phyllis Frost Angela & Mark Gott Cynthia Gray Lillian & Jess Hargis Nancy Hathaway Peggy & Mitch Hausman Janene Hemmen Vicki Huebler Lyn & Greg Hullinger Judith & Dickie Jones Meaghan Journey Letty Kelley Arlynn & Gregory Kelleher Lisa & Fred Koetting Elizabeth & Bruce Krantz Judy Latour Karen Leiker Linda & Irv Lichtman Dianne & George Lindahl III Karen & Jim Listak Judith Ragsdale & Arlin Maddox Nancy & Terry Mahan Sydney Mark Charmain Martin Christine & Bo McBee Stacey & John McKinley Judy & David Merritt Kelly & Paul Messenger Phyllis Molnar Ann Moore Carmen Mulraney Myron Murphy Patricia Murphy Elaine & Steve Nance Amanda Napp Misty Napp Betty Nelson Linda Newbold Diane Nielsen Sandra & Matthew Novak Kathryn Painter Patrick Paris Belinda Patrick Callie Piper Jadzia & Richard Olson Patricia Harrison & Frank Radik Tom Rafferty Liz Regan Jodi Rehwinkel Joyce & Ken Reynolds Sally & Kyle Richard Rhonda Richardson John Robichau Chip Rocha Lori & John Rubel Sharon Schilling Tom Schnoor Ann & Dane Sever Christine & Mark Scully Chris Steinke Karen Stephens Debbie Stofcheck Candace Strang Stephanie Teed Freda & Ben Thomas Ellen & Nat Turner Maria & Frank Valenzuela Freda & Benny Van Osdell Rhonda & JD Villaseñor Marsha & Sen. Tommy Williams David Wilson Gene Wolfson Carolyn Wong Marla Wulf


Fall in Love with the Arts by Lauren Tennet

Take a break and relax on a cool fall evening while soaking in the soothing sounds of the Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this fall. The Pavilion offers exciting symphonic opportunities, with concert themes ranging from classical Latin to spooky treats. The mixture of splendid weather and spine-tingling music is sure to be a treat for all ages. Hans Graf

Photo by Bruce Bennett

Join us Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., as Maestro Hans Graf conducts the Houston Symphony in his final season as Music Director after leading the orchestra for 12 years. Graf is a world-renowned conductor, having led notable companies such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Deutches Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Please come celebrate his Grand Finale at Latin American Classical. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza, with The Woodlands Show Chorus performing from 7-7:45 p.m. Learn about the evening’s program and composers at 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. Tickets for the concert are $15 for orchestra seating. Free mezzanine and lawn seating is provided by The Wortham Foundation.

While Johannes Brahms is well-known for his “Lullaby,” the Houston Symphony’s Evening with Brahms won’t put you to sleep. On Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., enjoy the Houston Symphony performing three of the Romantic composer’s greatest works: “Variations on a Theme of

Hadyn,” Concerto for Violin and Cello and Symphony No. 4. Brahms’ music was heavily influenced by his love for nature and children, which makes these pieces perfect for a family night out at The Pavilion! With Graf at the helm, an Evening with Brahms tickles the eardrums of all ages. Pre-concert activities begin at 7 p.m. in the North Plaza, including a performance by The Woodlands High School Chamber Orchestra and Pavilion Talk at 7:15 p.m. with Ira Black. Tickets are $15 for orchestra. Free mezzanine and lawn seating is provided by The Wortham Foundation. On Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., come hear the Houston Symphony in its “monster mash-up” of Halloween tunes at Hocus Pocus Pops. The “spooktacular” night is full of Halloween tricks, treats and enchanting music as the orchestra casts a spell during this “witching hour.” All daddies, mummies and little ghouls and goblins can dress up in Halloween attire. The first 100 children in costume who check in at Hocus Pocus Central get to march across The Pavilion stage in the Goblin Parade. Preconcert activities begin at 6 p.m. in the North Plaza, including The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and Arts & Crafts booth. Creep into the House of Blues Hospitality Tent for Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party, featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew from 6-7:15 p.m. for “fangtastic” dancing, “spooktacular” prizes and plenty of tricks and treats! Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Free mezzanine and lawn seating is provided by H-E-B. This event also is sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine.

The Pavilion Board of Directors Elects New Members

Jason K. Harris

Paul R. Kenworthy, MD

Julie Rock

Daniel E. Kolkhorst

Larry Shaffer

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 this spring.

Julie Rock, president of the RockJensen Foundation; and Larry Shaffer, senior vice president of adjacent business development for Insperity.

Newly elected members of the Board are Jason K. Harris, partner with KPMG, LLP; Paul R. Kenworthy, MD, president of Northwoods Urology Associates, PA; Daniel E. Kolkhorst, vice president of engineering and construction for The Woodlands Development Company;

Newly elected officers of the Board include Jeffrey H. Shipley, chairman; Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO; Joseph P. Ash, vice chairman; Mark E. Ellis, secretary; Jeff Young, vice president; and Lori Figaro, treasurer.

Encore The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands would like to thank the following contributors for their financial support of our 2012 Performing Arts Season and Educational Outreach Programs as of May 30 printing deadline. $100,000 - $249,999 Live Nation George P. Mitchell The Pavilion Partners $75,000 - $99,999 The Wortham Foundation $50,000 - $74,999 The Woodlands Development Company $25,000 - $49,999 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Audi of America Lindahl Family Foundation Woodforest National Bank

$5,000 - $9,999 Aon Hewitt CB&I Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Entergy Fidelity Investments FMC Technologies Ironman Foundation John P. McGovern Foundation TETRA Technologies, Inc. Union Pacific Foundation Winstead PC

$15,000 - $24,999 ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment H-E-B PepsiCo

$2,000 - $4,999 Century 21 Realty Group City of Shenandoah EMI Exxon Volunteer Contributions Huntsman Kinder Morgan Foundation Market Street—The Woodlands Renewal by Andersen

$10,000 - $14,999 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Devon Energy Insperity KPMG, LLP Linn Energy

$1,000 - $1,999 Delvin & Joe Ash Barb & Stephen Crain Candi & Gerald Glenn Sheryl & Fred Greene Tricia & Jerry MacDonald Julie & Jerry Mayrant

$1,000 - $1,999 cont. Whitney & Derek McCoy Suzanne & Robert Potter Vicki & Michael Richmond Maryann T. & Timothy Seaman $500 - $999 Suzanne & Ed Ellis Judy & Charles Lano JoAnne & Randy Lowry Gayelene & Ralph McIngvale Brenda & John Mizell Sandy & Steve Morrow Janet Wong & Ronald Mullins Arla & Gerald Neuberger Cindy Notarainni Shannon & Brian Wing Melissa & Jeff Young $250 - $499 Nancy & Tom Battle Louise & Dr. Henry Bethea Debra & Michael Caliel

$250 - $499 cont. Dixie & Bret Cope Gaye & Bill Craig Karol & James Dreibelbis Anne & David Dunlap Keith & Grady Ferry Bob Hurt Jan & Greg Jewell Ed Jones Conchita & Eric Ladwig Annice & John Nanninga Shelly & Michael O’Neil Cheryl & Ron Ridlehuber Arlene & Sol Sachs Peg & Tim Welbes In-Kind ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment Houston Community Newspapers & The Courier Main Event EMS PepsiCo United Airlines

The Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship Donors: $1,000 Charissa & Steve Arizpe Dana & Chris Baker Nelda & Jim Blair Sylvia Caracio Anne & Dave Dunlap Susan & Dan Fordyce Carol & Phil Garner Lisa & Fred Koetting Linn Energy Julie & Jerry Mayrant Arla & Gerald Neuberger Dr. Judith Ragsdale Maryann T. & Timothy Seaman Sheryl & Hank Wood

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.


The Woodlands Center for the Performing Arts

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CenterStage is a publication of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit organization and home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands Home of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2005 Lake Robbins Drive • The Woodlands, TX 77380 Phone: 281-364-3010 Fax: 281-364-3011 www.woodlandscenter.org info@woodlandscenter.org

Officers Jeffrey H. Shipley – Chairman of the Board Jerry MacDonald – President and CEO Joseph P. Ash – Vice Chairman Mark E. Ellis – Secretary Jeff Young – Vice President Lori Figaro – Treasurer

Board of Directors John H. Beaird Gary Becker David D. Dunlap Carol P. Garner Jeffrey R. Harder Jason K. Harris Gregory T. Kelleher Paul R. Kenworthy, MD Daniel E. Kolkhorst George Lindahl III Julie V. Mayrant Ralph C. McIngvale

C. Grant Mitchell Steve A. Morrow Steven W. Nance Diane Nielsen Julie Rock Maryann T. Seaman Larry Shaffer Raymond I. Wilcox Marsha K. Williams Brian Wing Janet S. Wong Hank Wood

Director in memoriam Cynthia Woods Mitchell (1922 - 2009)

Staff Jerry MacDonald – President & CEO Margaret Jones – Executive Assistant Cindy DuBois – Director of Marketing & Education Courtney Galle – Marketing & PR Manager Kacie Pattavina – Social Media Analyst Lauren Tennet – Marketing Intern Lori Figaro – CFO Jenny Lewis – Accounting Assistant Heather Reding – Human Resources Manager Paula Smith – Senior Accountant Christine Scully – Director of Development Leslie Williams – Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator Jeff Young – Vice President of Operations Mike Bevel – Operations Department Collin Bolen – Assistant Box Office Manager Carla DeHart – Administrative Coordinator Isidro Hernandez – Maintenance Department Lead Paula Jauregui – Maintenance Department Victor Maldonado – Maintenance Department Matt Meyer – Assistant Operations Manager Josie Reeves – Box Office Manager Kelly Rich – Event Manager Joey Rincon – Overnight Security Supervisor David Schlauch – Operations Manager Chad Sonnier – Operations Department JD Villaseñor – Director of Premium Seat Sales

Centerstage Cindy DuBois – Editor-in-Chief Courtney Galle – Managing Editor Kacie Pattavina – Contributing Writer Don Crouch, imagineer

Our Mission Founded in 1990, The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.

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Photo by Ted Washington

PAVILION The Pavilion reaches fans in new and interesting ways via social media. The newest way to follow The Pavilion is on Pinterest! Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows users to organize and share all of the great things they find on the Web, such as photos, recipes, decorating tips and more. Users can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share their interests. Visit The Pavilion’s Pinterest page at http://pinterest.com/thepaviliontx to check out photos of the venue, contemporary artists, performing arts events, educational events and more. Email your own photo from an event to info@woodlandscenter.org to become part of “The Fans” board. Also, discover new picnic ideas for when you spread out your blanket on the lawn during the next performing arts event. Picnics are welcome at all performing arts events, however, beverages cannot be brought into the venue. Eh, what’s up, doc? Win four VIP tickets to Bugs Bunny at the Symphony with the Houston Symphony July 26 at 8:30 p.m. at The Pavilion! Text CWMP plus your email address to 69302 to enter to win by July 9. The winner will be randomly selected and notified July 10 via text or email. After signing up to win, expect up to two texts per month with special offers from The Pavilion and stay connected all year long. Good luck!

Love for the Arts Lands Internship for College Student by Lauren Tennet

When she isn’t practicing piano or hulahooping on her campus’s “tundra,” Lauren Tennet is a senior at Ohio Northern University majoring in public relations with a double minor in history and Spanish. A proud sister of Delta Zeta, Tennet is involved in campus activities such as Public Relations Student Society of America, True North Public Relations and the Student Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences. She has performed onstage at ONU, participating in musicals such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Oklahoma!” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” After only three years in college, Tennet graduates in May 2013 and hopes to attend law school or work for a music promotions company in the fall. Tennet is a native Houstonian and has attended events and even performed at The Pavilion. She has been singing and dancing her whole life, so she knows the importance of the arts to future generations. Her passion for the performing arts has taken her backstage, with a newfound knack for writing and promotion. Through this internship, Tennet hopes to grow as a public relations professional by writing press releases, conducting marketing research, updating social media and assisting with special events. She hopes these skills enhance her ability to work in the arts in the future.


Centerstage Issue 2 ,Vol. 14, June-July 2012