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Performance by Boni’s Dance Tonight in the North Plaza................................................................ 1 Letter from the President & CEO..................................................... 2 Program............................................................................................ 3-5 Houston Ballet Orchestra................................................................. 6 Houston Ballet Acknowledgements.............................................. 6 Houston Ballet Artistic Staff.............................................................. 7 Houston Ballet Artistic Director Profile............................................. 8

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Letter from the President & CEO

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

Welcome to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and our 27th Season of presenting exceptional performing arts events, educational outreach programs and live music. We are excited about celebrating the arts with our performing arts events that include nine Houston Symphony concerts, tonight’s performance with the Houston Ballet, a full production with the Houston Grand Opera and our 21st Annual Children’s Festival. Thank you for being here tonight and for supporting the arts. The Pavilion is known as the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony, Home Away from Home for the Houston Ballet and a presenting venue for the Houston Grand Opera and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.

Tonight’s performance will be the 26th time dancers from the Houston Ballet have performed on The Pavilion’s Main Stage. We are proud to have this world-renowned company perform in The Woodlands. We welcome the Houston Symphony back to our stage next Friday, May 20. Please join us as the Symphony presents Symphonie Fantastique, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada featuring Venezuelan Pianist Gabriela Montero who is known for her real-time improvisation of complex musical pieces. All of our performing arts events offer free lawn and mezzanine seating, thanks to our generous sponsors. Lawn chairs are also free of charge. Picnics are welcome. Please take advantage of this offer and bring your family, friends and neighbors to The Pavilion this season to enjoy an evening under the stars. Thanks again for being here tonight!

Jerry MacDonald President & CEO

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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 Brian Pate – 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 Maryann T. Mannen Larry Massaro

Estelle P. McLaughlin C. Grant Mitchell Steve A. Morrow Sara Ortwein Steve Pate Blake Pounds John Robichau Larry Shaffer Patrick Shea Christine Thoms-Knox Steve Van Howe Janet S. Wong

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell (1922 - 2009)

Staff Jerry MacDonald – President & CEO Mallory Marlowe – Executive Assistant

TOSCA HOUSTON GRAND OPERA

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Program

This performance lasts approximately two hours and twenty minutes. There will be two intermissions lasting twenty minutes each. Houston Ballet Orchestra conducted by Ermanno Florio Stage Managers: Michelle de los Reyes and Rachael Fernandez

VELOCITY

Music by Michael Torke By arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner. Choreography by Stanton Welch AM Scenic and Costume Design by Kandis Cook Lighting Design by Francis Croese Ballet Master: Steven Woodgate

Artists of Houston Ballet

World Premiere: on August 28, 2003 at The Arts Centre State Theatre by The Australian Ballet in Melbourne, Australia.

Ballet: Velocity Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez and Ian Casady Photo: Amitava Sarkar

Houston Ballet Premiere: on May 25, 2006 in the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Rose Adagio

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. after Marius Petipa Costume and Scenic Design by Desmond Heeley Original Lighting Design by Duane Schuler Lighting Recreated by Lisa J. Pinkham

Yuriko Kajiya Chun Wai Chan, Christopher Coomer, Rhodes Elliott, Aaron Robison

World Premiere: on January 16, 1890 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Houston Ballet Premiere: on September 28, 1978 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. Scenery and Costume Design by Peter Farmer.

Ben Stevenson’s New Production: on May 24, 1990 in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Cente in Houston, Texas. Scenery and Costume Design by Desmond Heeley.

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Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Choreographer: Ben Stevenson Dancer: Sara Webb Photo: Amitava Sarkar


Program

SPRING WATERS Pas de Deux

Ballet: Spring Waters Choreographer: Assaf Messerer

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Choreography by Assaf Messerer (1903-1992)

Photo: Amitava Sarkar

Allison Miller and Linnar Looris

Dancer(s): Melody Mennite and Simon Ball

Houston Ballet Premiere: on September 8, 1977 by Houston Ballet at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, Texas.

MANINYAS Second Movement

Music by Ross Edwards Maninyas Concerto for Violin and Orchestra By permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Choreography by Stanton Welch AM Costume Design by Stanton Welch AM Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham Rachel Shepard, Violin

Soo Youn Cho, Brian Waldrep, Sara Webb

World Premiere: on February 28, 1996 by San Francisco Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.

Houston Ballet Premiere: on June 9, 2005 in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.

Ballet: Maninyas Choreographer: Stanton Welch AM Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez and Ian Casady Photo: Amitava Sarkar

Please silence all cellphones during the performance. Photography and video are not allowed, including with cellphones.

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Program

ROMEO AND JULIET

Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez and Barbara Bears Photo: Amitava Sarkar

Balcony Pas de Deux

Music by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) By arrangement with G. Shirmer, INC, publisher and copyright owner. Choreography by Stanton Welch Costume and Scenic Design by Roberta Guidi di Bagno Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham

Karina Gonzalez and Connor Walsh

World Premiere: on February 26, 2015 by Houston Ballet in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.

AURORA’S WEDDING The Sleeping Beauty

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. after Marius Petipa Costume and Scenic Design by Desmond Heeley Original Lighting Design by Duane Schuler Lighting Recreated by Lisa J. Pinkham Aurora Yuriko Kajiya Prince Jared Matthews And Artists of Houston Ballet World Premiere: on January 16, 1890 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Houston Ballet Premiere: on September 28, 1978 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. Scenery and Costume Design by Peter Farmer.

Ben Stevenson’s New Production: on May 24, 1990 in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. Scenery and Costume Design by Desmond Heeley.

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Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Choreographer: Ben Stevenson Dancer(s): Sara Webb and Connor Walsh Photo: Amitava Sarkar


Houston Ballet Orchestra Ermanno Florio, conductor 1st Violin Rachel Shepard, Concertmaster Hannah Watson, Assistant Concertmaster Matthew Detrick Fiona Lofthouse Alan Austin Sylvia Ouellette Andres Gonzales Quan Jiang Ben Grube 2nd Violin Elizabeth Frederick♦, Principal Karen Hall Wilkson♦ Mila Neal Maria Lin Sean O’Neal Carlo Mauricio Viola Marcia Ryan♦, Principal Dawson White Elizabeth Golofeev Whitney Bullock

Cello Max Dyer♦, Principal Dave Zeger♦ Mark Yee Cornelia Watkins Bass Rudy Albach, Acting Principal Greg Garcia♦ Hunter Capoccioni Flute Monica Daniels Barker, Principal Peggy Russell-Roubicek♦ Piccolo Izumi Miyahara Oboe Spring Hill♦, Principal Alison Chung English Horn Grace Tice Clarinet Randall Griffin♦, Principal Cynthia Schubert

Tenor Saxophone Dan Gelok

Bass Trombone Richard Reeves♦

Bassoon Michael Frederick♦, Principal Nathan Koch

Tuba Steven Curtis, Principal

Contrabassoon James Roberson Horn James Wilson, Principal Gavin Reed Chris Shelburne Ryan Little Emily Nagel Deborah Rathke Trumpet Theresa Hanebury♦, Principal Kevin Shannon George Chase Sam Singeltary

Timpani Meredith Huffman Nelson, Principal Percussion Christina Carroll♦, Principal Karen Slotter♦ Robert McCullagh Harp Laurie Meister, Principal Piano/Celesta/Organ Katherine Burkwall-Ciscon♦ ♦ 10+ years of service

Trombone Brian Logan, Principal Michael Warny♦

Bass Clarinet Chester Rowell♦

Acknowledgements General Counsel: Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. Immigration Attorneys: Foster, L.L.P. The dancers appearing in this performance are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO Houston Ballet Orchestra members are represented by: Houston Professional Musicians Association, Local 65-699, A.F. of M. Stage Crew personnel are placed by I.A.T.S.E., Local 51 Wardrobe personnel are placed by I.A.T.S.E., T.W.U. Local 896 Houston Ballet is a member of Dance/USA Touring Representation: Rena Shagan Associates Inc. Houston Methodist Official Healthcare Provider for Houston Ballet

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Houston Ballet Artistic Staff

STANTON WELCH AM JAMES NELSON Artistic Director Executive Director ERMANNO FLORIO Music Director LOUISE LESTER STEVEN WOODGATE Principal Ballet Master Ballet Master Principals IAN CASADY KARINA GONZALEZ YURIKO KAJIYA JARED MATTHEWS MELODY MENNITE CONNOR WALSH First Soloists SOO YOUN CHO JESSICA COLLADO KATHARINE PRECOURT AARON ROBISON

SARA WEBB

LINNAR LOORIS CHARLES-LOUIS YOSHIYAMA

Soloists Christopher Coomer Elise Elliott James Gotesky Oliver Halkowich Nao Kusuzaki Allison Miller

Christopher Gray

Demi Soloists

Emily Bowen Katelyn May

Chun Wai Chan Aaron Sharratt

Derek Dunn Madeline Skelly

Rhodes Elliott Brian Waldrep

Corps de Ballet Kaleigh Courts Tyler Donatelli Shahar Dori Caleb Durbin Rupert Edwards III Aoi Fujiwara Mรณnica Gรณmez Katy Harvey Gabrielle Johnson Shu Kinouchi Rhys James Kosakowski Bridget Kuhns Dylan Lackey Zecheng Liang Jacquelyn Long Mallory Mehaffey William Newton Michael Ryan Alyssa Springer Hayden Stark Megumi Takeda Natalie Varnum Harper Watters Chae Eun Yang Apprentices Yelim Choi Daniel Durrett Syvert Garcia Jenna Gooden Shogo Hayami Mackenzie Richter Emily Seymour Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Artistic Director Emeritus

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Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM Artistic Director Chorographer, Velocity, Maninyas, and Romeo and Juliet In July 2003, Australian Stanton Welch assumed leadership of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest classical ballet company. Since he took the helm of the company, Mr. Welch has revitalized Houston Ballet, bringing in new dancers, commissioning new works, and attracting a top-flight artistic staff. Mr. Welch has created works for such prestigious international companies as Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet. Mr. Welch was born in Melbourne to Marilyn Jones, O.B.E., and Garth Welch, A.M., two of Australia’s most gifted dancers of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1989 he was engaged as a dancer with The Australian Ballet, where he rose to the rank of leading soloist, performing various principal roles. He has also worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Jiří Kylían, Nacho Duato, and Maurice Béjart. In 1995, Mr. Welch was named resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet. For his contributions to the world of dance, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2015. For Houston Ballet, he has choreographed more than twenty works including a new full-length narrative ballet Marie (2009), inspired by the life of the legendary Marie Antoinette and spectacular stagings of Swan Lake (2006), La Bayadère (2010), Romeo and Juliet (2015), Giselle (2016), and The Nutcracker (2016).

Artistic Profiles ERMANNO FLORIO Conductor Ermanno Florio has impressed both audiences and critics in the major centers of Europe, North America, and Asia. The extremely versatile Mr. Florio has well distinguished himself in genres of symphonic, operatic and balletic repertoire. Mr. Florio maintains an active conducting schedule which has included extensive engagements with the world’s major ballet companies. In 1985 Mr. Florio was appointed Principal Conductor and Music Administrator of The National Ballet of Canada by Erik Bruhn and since 1992 has held the position of Music Director of Houston Ballet. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Florio held the position of Music Director of American Ballet Theatre. In March 2004 Mr. Florio was appointed Music Director of Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam and currently continues his relationship with the company as Principal Guest Conductor. Mr. Florio’s extensive discography includes DVD releases of critically acclaimed performances of The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Onegin, Cinderella, The Merry Widow, Alice, The Nutcracker, La Ronde and Le Corsaire with ABT which won an Emmy for Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts. Mr. Florio’s DVD recording of Don Quichotte with L’Orchestre de L’Opera National de Paris also won the Cannes Classical Music Award for Best DVD in the category of Concert and Ballet Recordings. Mr. Florio’s music arrangement include scores for Patrice Bart’s Tchaikovsky, Das Flammende Hertz and Gustaf III: Stanton Welch’s Marie and La Bayadère, and Asami Maki’s La Dame aux Camelias.

BEN STEVENSON, O.B.E. Artistic Director Emeritus & Choreographer, The Sleeping Beauty Ben Stevenson served as artistic director of Houston Ballet from 1976-2003, raising the company from a regional troupe of 28 dancers to an internationally acclaimed ensemble of over 50 artists. During his tenure, he developed Houston Ballet’s repertory by acquiring the works of the world’s most respected choreographers, commissioning new works, staging the classics, and choreo¬graphing original works. For his contributions to international dance, Mr. Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List in December 1999. In April 2000, he was presented with the Dance Magazine Award. In July 2003, he was appointed artistic director emeritus of Houston Ballet, and the company’s affiliated school was renamed Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in recognition of his enormous contribution to both Houston Ballet’s professional company and its school. In his position as artistic director emeritus, he contin¬ues to stage his works for Houston Ballet and for other companies nationally and internationally. Mr. Stevenson, a native of Portsmouth, England, received his dance training at the Arts Educational School in London. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Adeline Genée Gold Medal, the highest award given to a dancer by the Royal Academy of Dancing. He performed with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and English National Ballet where, as a principal dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics. In 1968, Rebekah Harkness invited him to New York to direct the newly formed Harkness Youth Dancers. After choreographing Cinderella in 1970 for National Ballet in Washington, D.C., he joined the company in 1971 as co-director with Frederic Franklin. In 1976, Mr. Stevenson was appointed artistic director of Houston Ballet. Over the next 27 years, he choreographed for Houston Ballet distinguished versions of the full-length works Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Don Quixote, and original productions of Peer Gynt, Dracula, The Snow Maiden, and Cleopatra. In July 2003, Mr. Stevenson assumed the artistic directorship of Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. May 2016 • 8


Artistic Profiles Continued KANDIS COOK Costume Design, Velocity

ROSS EDWARDS Composer, Maninyas

Canadian born Kandis Cook was raised in Alberta and completed her degree in Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Upon moving to London in 1974, she studied under Percy Harris, who was then based with her design course at English National Opera. At the opera she found a new medium less precious and possibly freer than the politics of art and was attracted to the disposable nature of a work unique to theatre. However, since 1985 she has been painting and making images and in doing so found a process of developing a particular language of expression. Ms. Cook has designed for Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, London’s Lyric Hammersmith, London’s Royal Ballet (Turn of the Screw) and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (Queen of Spades) as well as works for the Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She has designed the costumes for six of Mr. Welch’s works: The Four Seasons (2007) and Marie (2009) for Houston Ballet; Velocity (2003) for The Australian Ballet, Taiko (1999) for San Francisco Ballet, Powder (1998) for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Fingerprints (2000) for Cincinnati Ballet.

One of Australia’s best-known composers, Ross Edwards’ distinctive sound world combines shapes and patterns drawn from nature with a variety of musical resources which reflect and celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. In his maninya (dance/chant) pieces he has tried to restore to ‘serious’ music such qualities as lightness, spontaneity and the impulse to dance. His belief in the healing power of music is reflected in a series of profoundly contemplative works influenced by birdsong and the mysterious polyphony of summer insects. Ross Edwards’ compositions include five symphonies, concertos, choral, chamber and vocal music, children’s music, film scores, a chamber opera and music for dance. His Dawn Mantras greeted the dawning of the new millennium from the sails of the Sydney Opera House in a worldwide telecast. His Oboe Concerto was rapturously received at its world premiere performance in Sydney Opera House which Diana Doherty premiered with the Sydney Symphony and Lorin Maazel, subsequently performing it with the New York Philharmonic. Recently completed commissions include Sacred Kingfisher Psalms; Piano Sonata for Bernadette Harvey; Full Moon Dances, a saxophone concerto for Amy Dickson; Five Senses, a song cycle to poems of Judith Wright; The Laughing Moon for the New Sydney Wind Quintet; and his String Quartet No. 3, Summer Dances, for the Hungarian Kelemen Quartet. New projects include Harp Mantras, for 7 harps and didjeridu; Frog and Star Cycle, a double concerto commissioned for saxophonist Amy Dickson, percussionist Colin Currie and the Sydney Symphony, will have its premiere in the Sydney Opera House in 2016.

FRANCIS CROESE Lighting Design, Velocity Newcastle-born Francis Croese began his dance studies with Tessa Maunder before attending the inaugural year of The Australian Ballet School in 1964. During his twelve-year dancing career Mr. Croese achieved the rank of senior soloist and partnered many ballerinas including Margo Fonteyn, Marilyn Jones, Marilyn Rowe, Lucette Aldous, Antoinette Sibley and Kathleen Gorham. Mr. Croese was appointed The Australian Ballet’s assistant stage manager in 1976, its stage manager the following year and its stage director in 1983. During this time he worked closely with the company’s Director or Productions, William Akers, on all aspects of production and lighting design, and in 1982 created the lighting for the Kozlovs’ production of The Nutcracker. In 1995, Francis was appointed technical director. During his technical career he worked with many of the world’s leading set and lighting designers and in some of the world’s great opera houses. At the end of 2007, Francis retired from The Australian Ballet. He has created lighting designs for The Australian Ballet, The Australian Ballet School, The Dancers Company, San Francisco Ballet’s UNited We Dance Festival, Houston Ballet and Japan Ballet Association. In 2013 he lit West Australian Ballet’s production on Onegin.

LISA J. PINKHAM Lighting Designer, Maninyas, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty Lisa J. Pinkham has designed lighting for over two hundred ballets, operas and plays. Her lighting can be seen in the repertories of many national companies. She enjoys a very successful relationship with Stanton Welch, and has designed the lighting for many of his ballets including Maninyas, Taiko, Tu Tu and Falling for San Francisco Ballet, Madame Butterfly for Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet, Clear for American Ballet Theatre, and Swan Lake, Play, Cinderella, Tapestry, Marie, The Rite of Spring, Sons de L’âme, Paquita¸ The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Romeo and Juliet and Zodiac for Houston Ballet. DESMOND HEELEY Set and Costume Design, The Sleeping Beauty Desmond Heeley is an internationally acclaimed designer whose work spans the worlds of theater, opera, Broadway, and ballet. Winner of several Tony awards, Mr. Heeley’s productions for Houston Ballet include Ben Stevenson’s Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, The Snow Maiden, as well as Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire. He has designed sets and costumes for John Cranko, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and many others. His designs have been seen in a number of productions at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, La Scala in Milan, The National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Opera, and numerous productions on Broadway. He has worked with such luminaries of the stage and screen as Vivien Leigh, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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Houston Ballet Staff Administration Executive Director...............................................................................James Nelson* General Manager................................................................................Jennifer Steiner Company Manager....................................................................................Angela Uchytil Executive Assistant & Board Liaison...........................................................Isabelle Dom Finance and Technology Chief Financial Officer.....................................................................Cheryl Lynn Zane* Director of Information Technology...........................................................MJ Bavaret Controller.................................................................................................Margot L. Curry Senior Accountant.................................................................................Thelma Hearren Tessitura Services Manager.....................................................................Bobby Moseley* Accounts Payable Manager...................................................................Diamantina Peña Facilities Manager........................................................................................Garth Luther Desktop Support Technician..................................................................Gawain Fontenot Desktop Technician Assistant..................................................................Alejandro Rivas Receptionists..............................Janine Arostique, Jessica Macfarlane, Monica Trevino Nutcracker Market CEO, Nutcracker Market.....................................................................Patsy Chapman* Associate Director, Nutcracker Market..........................................................Daisy Perez Assistant to the CEO, Nutcracker Market...............................................Aimee Crawford Nutcracker Market Associate................................................................Susan Lehmann Nutcracker Market Associate..................................................................Sharon Powers Development Chief Development Officer.......................................................................Angie Lane Director of Individual Giving..............................................................Ashley G. Tagle Director of Special Events................................................................Alexandra Yates Director of Institutional Giving...............................................................Lindsey Hurst* Development Processing Manager………………..................................…Ana Gonzalez Patron Services Manager……………….................................................…Megan Raines Special Events Manager………….....................................................…Shannon Stricker Institutional Giving Associate....................................................................Jessica Cortez Development Staff Associate....................................................................Darry Hearon Development Operations Coordinator.............................................Alexandra Di Nunzio Marketing and Public Relations Director of Marketing & PR...........................,,,....................................Christian Brown Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations............................................................................Elizabeth Cleveland Associate Director of Ticketing Services........................................................Angela Lee* Box Office Manager.................................................................................Lauren Gayden Box Office Manager......................................................................................Carlyn Scott* Public Relations Manager..............................................................................Sarah Lam Subscriptions Manager.......................................................................Jessica Chambers* Web/Digital Media Project Manager...........................................................Jared Murphy Public Relations Associate...................................................................Kimberly Cedeño Education Marketing and PR Coordinator...........................................Christina Bielstein Merchandise and Display Coordinator....................................................Carol Simmons Group Sales Associate (Corporations)......................................................Pamela Perry Group Sales Associate...........................................................................Catrinia Ruben Wortham Theater Center Box Office Customer Service Representatives......................................Melanie Bacon, Lynn Chung, Austin Cushman, Shannon Davidson, Arianna Day, Robert Delatte, Stephan Little, Cristina Muniz, Tremaanity Newton, Claudia Pava, Kendra Poz, Sydney Tucker, Cristina Vaglienty Production Director of Production...........................,,,...........................................Andrew Nielsen Head of Costumes......................................................................................Laura Lynch* Production Technical Director.........................................................................Max Parrilla Associate Production Manager......................................................Michelle de los Reyes Assistant Production Manager..........................................................Rachael Fernandez Resident Lighting Designer...................................................................Lisa J. Pinkham Production Coordinator..........................................................................Jennifer Estrada Wardrobe Administrative Coordinator........................................................John Watkins Production Assistant................................................................................Cameron Thorp Audio/Video Coordinator...............................................................................David Rivera Shoe Coordinator..........................................................................................Molly Searcy Costume Shop Manager.................................................................................Kaleb Babb Wardrobe Coordinators.........................................................Ruth Dentel, Veronica Stark Head Carpenter.............................................................................................Edward Witt Master Electrician.....................................................................................Barry Thomas* Property Master.........................................................................................Zenon Bareja*

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Assistant Carpenter.......................................................................................Larry Lewis Assistant Electrician...................................................................................Jason Mathis Wig Master & Make-up Supervisor.........................................................Amanda Mitchell Costume Shop............................Jane Scaffidi Abbate, Glinda Anderson,Whitney Cato, Nicolas Champroux, Allison Duke, Pat Ferrier, Monica Guerra, Brock Hatton, Franklin Hollenbeck, Laurie Hussmann, Tina Ladner, Alexa Larson, Amie McMillan, Serhiy Ovechko, Claire Robinson, Crystal Schultea, Bethany Skinner, Megan Thomas, Shanna Tucker, Laura Whittenton, Sam Wollenberg Artistic Artistic Director..............................................................................Stanton Welch AM* Principal Ballet Master...............................................................................Louise Lester* Ballet Master.......................................................................................Steven Woodgate* Associate Choreographer.......................................................Christopher Bruce*, C.B.E. Artistic Administrator......................................................................................Kelli Gilson Artistic Administrative Associate.................................................................Marian Bayer Principal Coaches.........................................................Yannick Boquin, Johnny Eliasen Coaches........................................................................Barbara Bears*, Dawn Scannell* Music Music Director....................................................................................Ermanno Florio* Orchestra Manager/Music Administrator..............................................Richard Reeves* Concertmaster..........................................................................................Denise Tarrant* Music Librarian/Pianists’ Manager....................................................Theresa Hanebury* Principal Pianist/Music Coordinator......................................Katherine Burkwall-Ciscon* Company Pianist.........................................................................................Tarana Taylor Academy Pianist/Cover for Solo Pianist................................................ Zhi Li-Thompson Academy Pianists’ Coordinator.....................................................Jennifer Edmondson Academy Pianists................Jennifer Edmondson, Grecia Lavanderos*, Jaime Malagon, William Marsden, William Patterson, Janusz Rothbard, Tarana Taylor Academy Part-Time Pianists.....................................Krystel Grauvogl, Tomoe Hayashi, Ning-Chih Hsu,Nara Jeffus, Liz Mendez, Pelayo Parlade, Alex Winkler Academy Percussionists........................... Aaron Hermes, Ilya Kolosz, Kirk Suddreath Academy Academy Director....................................................................................Shelly Power* Ballet Master HBII..................................................................................Claudio Munoz* Upper School Principal & Ballet Mistress HBII.............................................Sabrina Lenzi Middle School Principal............................................................................Cheryne Busch* Lower School Principal.........................................................................Melissa Bowman Lower School Instructor..................................................................................Beth Everitt Principal Instructor..................................................................................Andrew Murphy Instructor...................................................................................................Alex Pandiscio Academy Associate Director of Operations...................................Christine Stone Martin Registrar..................................................................................................Jennifer Stoeck Summer Program Manager.........................................................................Molly LeBeau Academy Artistic Operations Manager................................................Yahudi Castañeda Academy Services Coordinator...................................................................Katie Wesche Administrative Associate/Part Time Dorm Chaperone..............................Carly Penrod Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement...........Jennifer Sommers Education and Community Engagement Program Manager.................Lauren Anderson* Education and Community Engagement Coordinator................................Sue Ellen Hill Academy Instructors and Teaching Artists......................Kelly Agnew, Paul Appleman, Alex Arizpe, Victoria Arizpe, Ellie Blanchat, Jacqueline Boe, Susan Bryant*, Robert Cabusas, Amy Cain, Michele Dement, Vi Dieu, Dawn Dippel, Jeanne Doornbos*, JoDee Engle, Valerie Handy, Richard Hubscher, Kelsey Kincaid, Kelly Myernick Kubin, Christine Stone Martin, Michael Remson*, Krissy Richmond*, Lucinda Rohrer, Sally Rojas*, Jane Weiner, Sarah Yarbrough Pilates Team............................................Shannon Anderson, Elizabeth Jones-Boswell, Sasha Davis, Nicole Malandra, Paula Neff, Joyce Yost Ulrich* School Psychologist..............................................................................Dr. Brian Goonan Nutritionist......................................................................................................Nikki Estep Resident Dorm Supervisor...........................................................John Hanpadungvongs Academy Part Time Assistant.............................Rebecca Blackshear, Cameron Hohle Lobby Monitor..........................................................................................Lara Hannaford Academic Advisors..............................John Glosup, Nathanial Nakadate*, Lillian Schafer HOUSTON BALLET

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Local Support For Local Arts; Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands Sponsors The Performing Arts at The Pavilion

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands are proud to announce their partnership for the 2016 performing arts season. With a newly opened 60,000 sq. ft. dealership in The Woodlands, Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands is aiming to give back to the local community.

Milner and Agresti have aimed to instill their values of giving back to the community in many ways, including supporting The Pavilion’s nonprofit mission. Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands also provides paid time off to employees who volunteer locally, creating not only time, but incentive for their employees to get involved.

Co-owned by Bob Milner and Joe Agresti, Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands has been recognized as a “Best of the Best” dealer by Mercedes. However, it isn’t just their friendly customer service that helps set them apart in the community.

Why the partnership with The Pavilion? “That’s easy,” Milner said. “The Pavilion is such a foundational institution to The Woodlands community. It is so engrained in the local culture. For my family, alone, it has been a place where so many memories have been made. It was where my children saw their first opera and it was the place my wife and I traveled back to when we lived in California.”

Since starting his career in the auto industry Bob Milner has always operated on the idea that “those who can give back, should.”

As a growing member of The Woodlands area, Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands was poised to give to the many philanthropic efforts in the area. The Pavilion is thankful for the support that Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands has chosen to give to the performing arts.

“It’s something my dad always taught me,” said Milner. “I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, but my father told me that there is always someone you can help. I remember many holidays serving in soup kitchens as a kid and that has stuck with me over the years.”

Encore The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands would like to thank the following contributors for their financial support of our 2016 Performing Arts Season and Educational Outreach Programs as of April 15 printing deadline. $100,000 - $250,000 Live Nation The Pavilion Partners $50,000 - $75,000 ExxonMobil Huntsman Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Development Company The Wortham Foundation $25,000 - $49,000 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CB&I Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands PepsiCo Woodforest National Bank

$15,000 - $24,999 ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment H-E-B Visit South Walton $10,000 - $14,999 Accenture Comcast FMC Technologies Insperity KPMG, LLC Newfield Exploration Company YMCA- Run Thru The Woods

$5,000 - $9,999 AON Hewitt Efficient Wealth Management Fidelity Investments Sandra & Keith Winters Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival $2,000 - $4,999 Century 21 Realty Partners City of Shenandoah EMI Renewal by Anderson

Sheryl & Fred Greene Scholarship Donors: Steven Bouck Sylvia Caracio Laurel & Craig Cheyne Charlotte & Rob Cloninger Jacque & Lloyd Everson Alice & Patrick Hynes Mark Scott Alix & Don Muhlbach Arla & Gerald Neuberger Amy & Keith Odom Robert Potter In Kind United Airlines

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.

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Volunteer Spotlight and they thank each one of us for their good time as they are exiting,” he said. “The Pavilion treats people right and I’m glad to be a part of that.”

Chris Carrillo, a retired postal inspector and his wife Annabelle, moved to The Woodlands from the Tucson area in 2000. Together, they first enjoyed The Pavilion by bringing their kids to the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet events in an effort to help them grow an appreciation of the performing and visual arts.

According to Carrillo there are positive health benefits of being a Partner. “I recently read an article about 16 things to do to live to be 100 years old and The Pavilion Partners checks two of the suggestions off the list: volunteering and maintaining social relationships,” Carrillo said. “My position at the Info Booth keeps me observant and engaged.”

That same year Carrillo and his wife became members of The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion after fellow Partner Gene Wolfson encouraged them to get involved. Now, there are few events that Carrillo does not volunteer for as a Partner. “I especially like to work the shows that most others might not enjoy. I feel like it’s a way I can really help,” Carrillo stated. Melissa Hendricks, one of his supervisors agrees, “Chris is the best thing since shirt pockets. He is always willing to help where we need him.” At most events, you can find Carrillo at the South Plaza Info Booth greeting concert goers that are coming and going. “People like coming to The Pavilion

Carrillo is now on a mission to specifically recruit more volunteers who have a musical background for the Instrument Petting Zoo during The Pavilion’s pre-concert activities at the Performing Arts events. He stated, “It would be great to give kids a real education on the instruments we have for them to play and for that to turn into a love for the arts.” If you are interested in becoming a Pavilion Partner and/or event volunteer, visit www.woodlandscenter.org/about-partners or contact Leslie Williams at lwilliams@woodlandscenter.org.

2016 Members of The Pavilion P art ners $1,000 Candi & Gerald Glenn Alison & Rich Henderson Amy & Jonathan Homeyer Ed Jones Whitney & Derek McCoy Tricia & Jerry MacDonald Sara & Randy Ortwein Vicki & Michael Richmond Paul Taylor $500 Annette & Kenneth Hallock Amy & Jeff Kaszak Terry & Ray Larson Amy & Keith Odom $250 Nancy Battle Cynthia & Ronald Brandt Deborah Butler Beth & Doug Grijalva Karen & Gary Lach $100 Chardelle & George Adelson Melissa & Bernardo Aguayo Susan & Darrell Bach Nancy & Mike Becker Nell & Ed Belanger Roberta & Ed Bergemann Debbie & Danny Black Melissa Black & Susy Pardillo

Robin & Jim Booth Joy & James Borneman Brenda Eames & Alan Braaten Sharon & Tom Bowen Carol & Tom Buffa Perisha & Jeremy Burnham Annabelle & Chris Carrillo Barbara & Regan Chambers Patsy & Namen Chambliss Julia & Edmund Chapman Sean Kenneth Connelly Gaye & Bill Craig Andria & Gabe Cuellar Debra & Matt Dozier Linda & Rob Eissler Keith & Grady Ferry Mary-Lou & Gary Fitch Lisa & Al Fittipaldi Beth & Greg Folks Angela & Mark Gott Robin & Mike Griffith Dana Hahn & Jason Podsednik Patricia Harrison & Frank Radik Susan & Chris Harte Janene & Rick Hemmen Amy Jackson & Paul Herman Freda Thomas & Nathaniel Holt Monica & Jon Hoover Connie & Bob Horton Vicki Huebler & Debbie Stofcheck Judy & Richard Jones Minda & Jon Joslin

Rosie & Bill Kelly Beth & Bruce Krantz Conchita & Eric Ladwig Linda & Irv Lichtman Karen & James Listak Christina & Jose Lozano Nancy & Terrance Mahan Christine & William McBee Estelle & Mark McLaughlin Shelli Moran & Justin Styles Rachel Mulkey & Zach Richmond Dalinda & Brien O’Donal Mr. and Mrs. Michael O’Neil Jeannie & Bernie Otten Melissa & Brian Pate Karen & Lance Portman Joyce & Ken Reynolds Margie & Keith Richardson Arlene & Sol Sachs Nancy & Steve Sandstrum Ann & Dane Sever Brandi & James Spurgin Chrystal & Don Tamillo Ellen & Nat Turner Paula & Benny Van Osdell Eileen & Gilbert Withers Traci & Mark Zeller $50 Ashley Adriance Robert Arend Alana Ashley

Laura Ashley Melissa Barksdale Cleo Barry Judith Bartok Bunny Benditz Stephanie Beridon Audrey Bernhoft Bruce Bernhoft James Bibis Michelle Bridges Beth Butler Debbie Cain Julie Camacho Sylvia Caracio Gordon Carruth Simone Chiang Candis Cooper Michael Cozart Debra Cruz June Cullum Rose Davis Lee Deskus Charles Dougherty Ruth Dowden Sarah Epley Beverly Fennessy Jane Fisher Sylvia Forbes Caroline Garrett Viorica & Ion Ghica Siriwan Goodwin Careen Gregory

Linda Gulledge Lori Guyette Lynn Hullinger Michelle Huser Marlies Iida Theresa Jensen Lisa Johnson Valerie Johnston John Kanai Letty Kelley Donna King Cindy Kirk Deborah Kline Lisa Koetting Jose Leal Karen Lewis Cameron Lorenz Linda Mallet Melinda Martin David Mayes James Mayo Debbie McCarthy Sydney Mark Brian McCulloch Jane McKetta Ann Moore Myron Murphy Ronn NaQuin Janlyn Nentwig Diane Nielsen Betty Nelson Linda Newbold

Nora Norman Cindy Notarainni Madeleine Nutt Nancy Pearsall Larry Perry Nancy Phillips Liz Regan Rhonda Richardson Dwana Ricks John Robichau Marinella Roger Lori Rubel Andrea Saldaña Sharon Schilling David Smith Ronald Smith Stacy Spitzmueller Suzann Staats Chris Steinke Kim Stetler Candace Strang Stephanie Teed Ben Thomas Connie Wagner Edward Walsh Carol Watkins Jeannie Williams David Wilson Gene Wolfson Jamie Youngblood As of Print Deadline

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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 www.woodlandscenter.org for the latest event information. Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefer Band

Twenty One Pilots

Florence and the Machine Dixie Chicks

Lynyrd Skynyrd

May 13 Dave Matthews Band • 7 p.m. May 15 Hall & Oates • 7 p.m. with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue May 17 Florence and the Machine • 7:30 p.m. with Grimes May 20

Symphonie Fantastique • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor $20 Orchestra seating / Free Mezzanine & Lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

May 21 Journey • 7 p.m. with The Doobie Brothers & Dave Mason May 24 Joe Walsh & Bad Company • 6 p.m with Steve Rodgers May 27

Houston Grand Opera, Tosca • 8 p.m. (full production w/English subtitles) $20 Orchestra seating / Free mezzanine & Lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

June 4 Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band • 8 p.m. June 7

Star Wars & More: A John Williams • 8 p.m. Tribute with the Houston Symphony $20 Orchestra seating / Free Mezzanine & Lawn seating

June 10 Weezer & Panic! at the Disco • 7 p.m. with Andrew McMahon June 12 Boston • 7:30 p.m. with Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx June 24 Texas Music Festival Orchestra • 8 p.m. Mei-Ann Chen, conductor FREE Event

Ray LaMontagne

5 Seconds of Summer

June 25

93-Q’s A Day in the Country • 1:30 p.m. feat. Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, High Valley and Wade Bowen

June 26 Slipknot with Marilyn Manson • 6:30 p.m. and Of Mice and Men July 3

Star-Spangled Salute • 8 p.m. with The Houston Symphony Steven Reineke, conductor FREE Event courtesy of The Woodlands Development Corporation

July 5

Twenty One Pilots • 7 p.m.

July 9

Jim Gaffigan • 8 p.m.

July 21

DreamWorks Animation™ in Concert • 8 p.m. with The Houston Symphony $20 Orchestra / FREE Mezzanine & Lawn courtesy of Woodforest National Bank

July 31 Blink 182 • 7 p.m. Aug. 3 Rob Zombie & Korn • 6:30 p.m. with In This Moment Aug. 4 Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton • 7 p.m. Aug. 6 Dixie Chicks • 7 p.m. Aug. 7 Sublime with Rome and 311 • 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12 Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton • 7:15 p.m. Aug. 13 Disturbed & Breaking Benjamin • 6:30 p.m. with Alter Bridge & Saint Asonia Aug. 19 Heart • 6:30 p.m. with Joan Jett & the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick Aug. 20 Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa • 7 p.m. with Joan Jett & the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick

Aug. 22 Def Leppard • 7 p.m. with REO Speedwagon and Tesla Aug. 27 Sound of Music Sing-A-Long • 7 p.m. $15 Orchestra / $10 Mezzanine / $5 Lawn seating Sept. 2 Music of Rolling Stones • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Brent Havens, conductor Sept. 8 Goo Goo Dools & Collective Soul • 7 p.m. with Tribe Society Sept. 15

Hispanic Heritage Celebration • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor $20 Orchestra seating / Free Mezzanine & Lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

Sept. 18 5 Seconds of Summer • 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 Ray LaMontagne • 8 p.m. Sept. 24 Alabama Shakes • 8 p.m. withCorinne Bailey Rey Oct. 7

Hocus Pocus Pops • 7:30 p.m. with the Houston Symphony $20 Orchestra seating / Free Mezzanine & Lawn seating courtesy of H-E-B

Nov. 12 21st Annual Children’s Festival • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by ExxonMobil $8 in advance / $10 at the door Nov. 13 21st Annual Children’s Festival • Noon to 5 p.m. Presented by ExxonMobil $8 in advance / $10 at the door Dec. 1

Holly Jolly Jingle • 7 p.m. Free courtesy of KPMG,LLP and Woodforest National Bank

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. For more information, call 281-363- 3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

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Concert Etiquette The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion offers concertgoers a picturesque setting for live performing arts events featuring world-renowned organizations such as the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Texas Music Festival Orchestra. The following information about concert etiquette will enhance your visit and help ensure that all of our guests enjoy their arts experience to the fullest. Children The Pavilion is a family-friendly venue and we love to see families at our performing arts events. However, please be courteous of both the orchestra and those around you by keeping youngsters from talking loudly and running around during the performance. Even if you are seated on the hill, loud children can be very distracting for everyone. We want all of our guests to have the most enjoyable concert experience possible. Electronic Devices Take a break from the outside world! Please turn off all cellphones and other audible electronics. Photography and videography are NOT allowed during the performances, including with cellphones, at the request of the artists. Tablets, such as iPads and Kindles, are not permitted into the venue because they are a distraction to other guests and the artists. Late Seating Fashionably late? If you arrive after a performance has started, our ushers will do their best to seat you during an appropriate pause in the program. For certain performances, and at the request of the artist, guests seated in the orchestra section might have to wait until a transition is made between songs to proceed to their seats.

During the Performance Guests should refrain from entering and exiting their seats while a performance is in progress. If you must leave your seat, please proceed quickly and quietly to the nearest aisle or ask the nearest usher for assistance. Please be courteous to other members of the audience. Applause Not sure when to applaud and when not to? A good rule of thumb is to watch the conductor. The conductor should let you know when a piece is over by lowering both arms and turning to face the audience. After the Concert Bravo! As the applause dies down, the performers will put their instruments away and leave the stage. The house lights will be turned on so guests can exit safely. To Picnic, or Not to Picnic? Picnics are welcome at all performing arts events at The Pavilion. Guests can bring in any type of food item; however, beverages can not be brought into the venue. Guests are welcome to bring empty water bottles to fill at water fountains or to purchase beverages at our concessions stands.

Guest Information Tickets Tickets are available at The Pavilion Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the day of performances through intermission. American Express, MasterCard, VISA and Discover are accepted at The Pavilion Box Office. Tickets also are available at www.ticketmaster.com, all outlets, including Fiesta, select H-E-B and Walmart locations or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For guests with hearing impairments, Ticketmaster’s TDD number is 800-755-6244. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounts for performing arts and selected contemporary events. For information, call 281-210-1127 or visit The Pavilion Box Office. Parking Guests may park free of charge in lighted and patrolled lots adjacent to The Pavilion. Preferred parking is available for all events in the on-site Town Center Garage. For most events, lots open 90 minutes prior to the performance. Food and Beverages Food and beverage items are available from The Pavilion concession areas in the North, South and Lawn plazas. Concessions are operated by ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment. Food can be brought in during all performing arts events; however, beverages are not allowed into the venue. At contemporary events, each guest is permitted to bring in a one gallon plastic bag of food for personal consumption. Restrooms Permanent restrooms are located in all three plazas.

Children For most contemporary events, children 5 and under are admitted free to the lawn without a ticket. At most performing arts events, children are admitted free with their parents to the mezzanine and lawn areas. All children must have a ticket to sit in orchestra-level seating. Inclement Weather All events at The Pavilion are rain or shine. Pavilion events are not canceled due to rain. If it rains on the day of the event, guests are encouraged to wear rain apparel. ATMs ATMs are located in the North, South and Lawn plazas of The Pavilion. Prohibited Items To ensure the enjoyment and safety of all our guests, the following items may not be brought into The Pavilion: Animals, aerosol cans, audio and video equipment, cameras, food, beverages, non-plastic bottles or bottles with lids, fireworks, laptops, laser pointers, lawn chairs, portable televisions, radios, strollers, selfie sticks, tablets (such as iPads and Kindles) and weapons. Cameras and Recording Devices Small, non-professional cameras are usually allowed at most contemporary concerts. No professional, detachable lens cameras are permitted into the venue. No audio or video is permitted at any event at The Pavilion. Camera policies are dictated by the artist and are subject to change. Photography and video, including with cellphones, are NOT allowed at Houston Symphony concerts, Houston Grand Opera or Houston Ballet events at their request.

Lawn Chairs For comfortable hillside seating, guests may bring blankets or use The Pavilion’s specially designed lawn chairs free of charge for all performing arts events.

lost and Found To inquire about lost items, guests may ask a Pavilion staff member for assistance or call The Pavilion Administrative Office during business hours at 281-364-3010.

First Aid Trained medical professionals are on duty at all Pavilion events. If medical help is needed, ask any Pavilion staff member for assistance.

Tours Guided tours of The Pavilion can be arranged for groups by calling 281-364-3010.

Guests with Special Needs The Pavilion is accessible to guests with disabilities. For detailed information, consult our free brochure available at the Information Booths, call 281-364-3010, or visit www.woodlandscenter.org. Information Booths Information booths are located at the gated entrances in the North, South and Lawn plazas. If guests have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to visit Pavilion volunteers who staff the information booths throughout the events.

Special Events The 1,600-square-foot Woodforest Bank Club, located just off The Pavilion’s North Plaza, is available for lease year-round. Outfitted with large video screens, multimedia equipment with surround sound, a copier, fax and dedicated telephone and modem lines, the Club is designed for business meetings and special, private events. For rental information, call 281-363-0900. The House of Blues Lounge in The Pavilion Event Center is open to all ticket-holders at most contemporary concerts. The Ovation Suite and the Encore Suite, also located in The Pavilion Event Center, are additional event spaces with limited rental availability. For more information call 281-210-1106.

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A JOHN WILLIAMS TRIBUTE Also featuring music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Jaws & E.T. TUESDAY

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8 p.m. / Doors: 7 p.m. $20 orchestra seating FREE mezzanine & lawn seating courtesy of The Wortham Foundation

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