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Official Program of

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE HOUSTON SYMPHONY Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor MAY 20, 2016

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Tonight in the North Plaza 7-7:45 p.m.

Pavilion Talk with Tom Richards Tonight in the North Plaza................................................................. 1 Letter from the President & CEO...................................................... 2

Instrument Petting Zoo with The Pavilion Partners

Symphonie fantastique.................................................................... 3 Biographies......................................................................................... 4

Crafts with The Pavilion Partners

The Houston Symphony Roster......................................................... 5 Arts Day Out at The Pavilion............................................................. 6

Seat Exchange with Fidelity Investments

Sponsor Spotlight............................................................................... 7 Encore................................................................................................. 7 Volunteer Spotlight............................................................................ 8 2016 Pavilion Partners Members....................................................... 8 ShowTime............................................................................................ 9 Concert Etiquette.............................................................................10 Guest Information.............................................................................10

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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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Credits Shannon Wilson – Editor in Chief Cameron Klepac – Managing Editor Sarah Stephan – Contributing Writer Claire Wright – Contributing Writer Program design by Don Crouch, imagineer

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

Welcome to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and thank you for supporting our fine arts events. 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, we are excited to welcome back to our stage Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada featuring Venezuelan Pianist Gabriela Montero who is known for her real-time improvisation of complex musical pieces. You can read more about both on Page 4 of this program.

The Pavilion was proud to host over 900 CISD students last week for Arts Day Out. As part of our Mission we welcome the opportunity to further arts education for these young people. Please be sure to read more about this on page 6. Make plans to attend upcoming performing arts shows. The Pavilion provides free mezzanine and lawn seating for all performing arts events thanks to our generous sponsors. At all symphony, ballet and opera performances, guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in their seat or on the hill. Lawn chairs are also provided for free at these events. 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. You will be glad you did. See you on the hill,

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

Director in memoriam Jerry MacDonald 5”w x 5”h ad – Texas Music Festival President & CEO



Texas Music Festival Orchestra

© HGO, Tosca 2015 Photo: Lynn Lane




Mei Ann Chen, conductor 8 p.m. / Doors: 7 p.m.


Cynthia Woods Mitchell (1922 - 2009)

Staff Jerry MacDonald – President & CEO Mallory Marlowe – Executive Assistant Jeff Young – Vice President of Operations JD Villaseñor – Director of Premium Seat Sales David Schlauch – Operations Manager Kelly Rich – Event Manager Josie Moore – Box Office Manager Claire Kim – Assistant Box Office Manager Matt Meyer – Assistant Operations Manager Carla Denman – VIP & Event Coordinator Joey Rincon – Overnight Security Supervisor Mike Bevel – Operations Justin McShan – Operations Lorena Hernandez – Maintenance Victor Maldonado – Maintenance Larry Stewart – Overnight Security Susana Salazar – Overnight Security Javier Ramirez – Maintenance Brian Pate – Chief Financial Officer Natalia Livingston – Controller Heather Reding – Human Resources Manager Jenny Lewis – Accountant Manager Carolina Lopez – Staff Accountant Christine Scully – Director of Development Leslie Williams – Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator

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Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at

Shannon Wilson – Director of Marketing & Education Cameron Klepac – Asst. Director of Public Relations & Education Sarah Stephan – Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator Claire Wright – Marketing Assistant

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Symphonie fantastique

Music Director

Friday, May 20 – 8 p.m. Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor GABRIELA MONTERO, Piano G. L. FRANK

Escaramuza for Strings, Percussion, Harp and Piano

GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 16 I. Allegro molto moderato II. Adagio— III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato

BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Opus 14 I. Rêveries – Passions: Largo—Allegro agitato e appassionato assai II. Un bal (A Ball): Valse, Allegro non troppo III. Scène aux champs (In the Country): Adagio IV. Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold): Allegretto non troppo V. Songe d’une nuit du sabbat (Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath): Larghetto—Allegro Please silence all cellphones during the concert. Photography and video are not allowed, including with cellphones.

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Biographies Gabriela Montero, piano

Photo: Werner Kmetitsch

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and improvisational gifts have won a devoted following. In addition to brilliant interpretations of the core piano repertoire, she is celebrated for her ability to improvise.

Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his tenure in the 2014-15 season. He immediately established a dynamic presence on the podium and a deep bond with the musicians of the orchestra. Andrés carefully curates his programs to feature engaging combinations of classical masterworks paired with the music of today, significant artistic collaborations with composers and guest artists, and innovative use of multimedia and visual effects, all in order to make meaningful connections with the audience. A natural communicator, Andrés expands on this foundation in the 2016-17 season and plans to engage even more with the audience in direct conversation about music. Among his new initiatives is “On-Stage Insights with Andrés,” which features casual commentary by Andrés and soloists from the stage. On the recording front, Andrés and the Symphony are recording the last four great symphonies of Antonín ˇ Andrés has also spearheaded a cultural exchange and partnerDvorák. ship with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia. Born in Medellín, Colombia, Andrés began his musical studies on the violin and started conducting at age 15. At 19, he entered the Vienna Music Academy, where he studied with Uroš Lajovic (pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky), and completed his degree with distinction conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein. Andrés burst on the international scene with two substitutions with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: the first, his debut in 2010, standing in for Esa-Pekka Salonen, and then in 2012, substituting for Riccardo Muti at the Musikverein. He has worked with the most prominent European orchestras, most recently the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre National de France and Oslo Philharmonic. In addition to his post in Houston, Andrés is chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2015-16 season, he makes his official subscription series debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Photo: Shelley Mosman

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, music director

Highlights from this and recent seasons include recitals given around the world, from Avery Fisher Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and performances at music festivals from Edinburgh to Tanglewood. She has performed with many of the world’s most respected orchestras. An award-winning and best-selling recording artist, her most recent album (on Orchid Classics) featured Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, ExPatria and her signature improvisations, winning her a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album. Previous recordings include Bach and Beyond, which garnered two Echo Klassik Awards, and Baroque, which was nominated for a Grammy. Gabriela debuted as a composer in 2011 with ExPatria, a tone poem for piano and orchestra written in response to Venezuela’s corruption and violence. A staunch advocate of human rights whose voice reaches beyond classical music, she was recently named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International. Gabriela gave her first public performance at age 5. Her concerto debut in her hometown of Caracas at age 8 led to a scholarship to study privately in the United States. She continued her studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the highest honors. She lives in Barcelona with her husband and two daughters. Visit

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Houston Symphony Roster Michael Krajewski Principal Pops Conductor

AndrĂŠs Orozco-Estrada, Music Director Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair

Steven Reineke Principal POPS Conductor Designate

Robert Franz Associate Conductor

Sponsor, Ms. Marie Taylor Bosarge

First Violin Frank Huang, Concertmaster Max Levine Chair Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Ellen E. Kelley Chair Qi Ming, Assistant Concertmaster Fondren Foundation Chair Marina Brubaker Tong Yan MiHee Chung Sophia Silivos Ferenc Illenyi Si-Yang Lao Kurt Johnson Christopher Neal Sergei Galperin Anastasia Sukhopara* Evgenia Zharzhavskaya*

Double Bass Robin Kesselman, Principal David Malone, Associate Principal Mark Shapiro Eric Larson Burke Shaw Donald Howey Michael McMurray

Second Violin Rodica Gonzalez, Acting Principal Hitai Lee, Acting Associate Principal Kiju Joh** Mihaela Frusina Annie Kuan-Yu Chen Jing Zheng Martha Chapman Tianjie Lu Tina Zhang Amy Teare** Oleg Chelpanov* Michelle Black*

Oboe Jonathan Fischer, Principal Lucy Binyon Stude Chair Anne Leek, Associate Principal Colin Gatwood Adam Dinitz

Viola Wayne Brooks, Principal Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Legacy Society Chair Joan DerHovsepian, Associate Principal George Pascal, Assistant Principal Wei Jiang Linda Goldstein Sheldon Person Fay Shapiro Daniel Strba Jarita Ng Phyllis Herdliska

E-Flat Clarinet Christian Schubert

Cello Brinton Averil Smith, Principal Janice and Thomas Barrow Chair Christopher French, Associate Principal Anthony Kitai Jeffrey Butler Kevin Dvorak Xiao Wong Myung Soon Lee James R. Denton Louis-Marie Fardet

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Flute Aralee Dorough, Principal General Maurice Hirsch Chair Matthew Roitstein, Associate Principal Judy Dines Rebecca Powell Garfield* Piccolo Rebecca Powell Garfield*

English Horn Adam Dinitz Clarinet Mark Nuccio, Principal Thomas LeGrand, Associate Principal Christian Schubert Alexander Potiomkin

Bass Clarinet Alexander Potiomkin Tassie and Constantine S. Nicandros Chair Bassoon Rian Craypo, Principal Eric Arbiter, Associate Principal Elise Wagner Micah Doherty* Contrabassoon Micah Doherty* Horn William VerMeulen, Principal Robert Johnson, Associate Principal Jesse Clevenger*, Assistant Principal Brian Thomas Nancy Goodearl Ian Mayton

Betsy Cook Weber Director, Houston Symphony Chorus

Trumpet Mark Hughes, Principal George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Chair Robert Walp, Assistant Principal Caroline Schafer Trombone Allen Barnhill, Principal Bradley White, Associate Principal Phillip Freeman Bass Trombone Phillip Freeman Tuba Dave Kirk, Principal Timpani Ronald Holdman, Principal Brian Del Signore, Associate Principal Percussion Brian Del Signore, Principal Mark Griffith Matthew Strauss Harp Megan Conley, Principal Keyboard Scott Holshouser, Principal Orchestra Personnel Manager Michael Gorman Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Shana Bey Librarian Thomas Takaro Assistant Librarians Erik Gronfor Michael McMurray Stage Manager Kelly Morgan Stage Technicians Cory Grant Jose Rios * Contracted Substitute ** On Leave Community-Embedded Musicians Jenna Barghouti, violin David Connor, double bass Tony Parce, viola Hellen Weberpal, cello

Back for the second year, Arts Day Out at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosted over 900 Conroe ISD students on May 9. The educational program designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade provides an opportunity for students to venture outside the classroom during STAAR testing on their campuses.Students from Sally K. Ride and Austin Elementary were entertained by Express Children’s Theatre as they performed their rendition of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. The 45 minute show had a theme of making good choices and utilized humor and hip hop music as a method of engagement. Kids were also given an opportunity to ask questions at the end to better understand how plays and performances are created. The Pavilion provided a curriculum guide to teachers in attendance to further the lessons once back in the classroom.

The Pavilion staff hopes to grow the program in the future offering opportunities for attendance from additional schools, perhaps with multiple showings throughout the day. Wilson stated, “We would like to keep attendance at each showing small so that students are able to have the best experience during the performance and be able to have their questions answered at the conclusion.”

“This program gives The Pavilion an opportunity to work toward our goal of educating and cultivating an appreciation for the performing arts. In this case, we are able to start that at a young age,” said Shannon Wilson, director of marketing and education for The Pavilion.

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Sponsor Spotlight In each issue of OnStage, 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.

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 Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands PepsiCo Woodforest National Bank

$15,000 - $24,999 ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment CB&I 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 Wells Fargo Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival $2,000 - $4,999 Century 21 Realty Partners City of Shenandoah EMI Renewal by Anderson Sheryl & Fred Greene

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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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

Volunteer Spotlight Off to Reading event and this year for the first time we got to help with the hat making activity using newspapers. The kids get a kick out of it which makes it a fun thing for us to do.”

Tom Buffa and wife Carol knew they wanted to escape the cold weather of Chicago and head south to warmer days. After getting to know The Woodlands, it was only natural they would pick the community for their new home nearly seven years ago. That same year, neighbors and fellow Partners Mike and Shelley O’Neil recommended the Buffas join The Pavilion’s volunteer organization as a way to get to participate in the community and get to know others.

For the Buffas, The Pavilion is a family affair. While Tom and Carol volunteer, two of their children work for the venue renting lawn chairs to attendees that enjoy a show from the lawn. Buffa stated, “Our family loves live music and to have the opportunity to spend our time at The Pavilion has meant a lot to us.”

At most events, you can find the Buffas in sections 101 and 102 ushering guests to their seats, however, it’s the opportunities to participate in community events they enjoy the most. Buffa said, “We especially love working the Hats

If you are interested in becoming a Pavilion Partner, visit or contact Leslie Williams at

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 Judith & Charles Lano $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 Vicki Baird Melissa Barksdale Cleo Barry Judith Bartok

Bunny Benditz Stephanie Beridon Audrey Bernhoft Bruce Bernhoft James Bibis Michelle Bridges Helen Burwell Beth Butler Debbie Cain Julie Camacho Sylvia Caracio Gordon Carruth Simone Chiang Jim Cicero Candis Cooper Michael Cozart Debra Cruz June Cullum Rose Davis Lee Deskus Charles Dougherty Ruth Dowden Kelly Edmonds Sarah Epley Beverly Fennessy Jane Fisher Sylvia Forbes Caroline Garrett Viorica & Ion Ghica Siriwan Goodwin Careen Gregory Linda Gulledge Lori Guyette Tandi Hodges

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 Al Rice Rhonda Richardson Dwana Ricks Mathew Risley John Robichau Marinella Roger Lori Rubel Andrea Saldaña Sharon Schilling Leigh Schoner David Schottle Kim Shin David Smith Ronald Smith Stacy Spitzmueller Suzann Staats Chris Steinke Kim Stetler Candace Strang Stephanie Teed Ben Thomas Maria Valenzuela 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 for the latest event information. Jimmy Buffet & the Coral Reefer Band

Twenty One Pilots

Lynyrd Skynyrd Dixie Chicks

Ray LaMontagne

5 Seconds of Summer

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 Tribute • 8 p.m. 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 11 2nd Annual Boom Bash • 1:30 p.m. featuring Rakim, Run DMC, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, MC Lyte, Naughty By Nature, Monie Love and DJ Quik 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 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

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 23 Pitbull • 7 p.m. July 29 Meghan Trainor • 7 p.m. with Hailee Steinfeld 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. 14 Gwen Stefani • 7 p.m. with Eve

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

Aug. 19 Heart • 6:30 p.m. with Joan Jett & the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick

June 29 G-Eazy & Logic • 6:30 p.m. with Yo Gatti and YG

Aug. 20 Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa • 7 p.m.

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. with Corinne Bailey Rey Sept. 25 Counting Crows and Rob Thomas • 6:45 p.m. 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

Aug. 22 Def Leppard • 7 p.m. with REO Speedwagon and Tesla

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 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

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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, 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 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.

May 2016 • 10


(full production, English subtitles)




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


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Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational programs.

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