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Official Program of

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

JUNE 24, 2016

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7-7:45 p.m. Let Them Drum Performance Tonight in the North Plaza................................................................. 1 Letter from the President & CEO...................................................... 2 Tonight’s Program.............................................................................. 3 Program Notes................................................................................... 4 Biography and The Texas Music Festival Staff................................ 5 2016 Texas Music Festival Orchestra Fellows and Faculty............ 6 Sponsor Spotlight............................................................................... 7 Encore................................................................................................. 7 Volunteer Spotlight............................................................................ 8 2016 Pavilion Partners Members...................................................... 8 Concert Etiquette.............................................................................. 9 Guest Information.............................................................................. 9 ShowTime........................................................................................... 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 www.woodlandscenter.org info@woodlandscenter.org

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 honored to welcome the Texas Music Festival Orchestra led by guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen to the Main Stage. The Texas Music Festival Orchestra is a dynamic opportunity for young musicians to learn from distinguished artists as well as members of the Houston Symphony with a goal of preparing them for a career in music. We are proud to have hosted a performance for this program since its inception in 1990. You might notice quite a few boy and girl scouts in the Plaza this evening. As part of The Pavilion’s Mission, we actively strive to provide opportunities to teach the community about the performing arts. This is the 4th year The Pavilion has offered an educational program for completion of the scouts’ Music Merit Badge. Congratulations to each of you on achieving this badge. Be sure to make plans to attend upcoming performing arts shows. A list of shows can be found on page 10. 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 from home 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,

Carol P. Garner – Chairman of the Board Jerry MacDonald – President and CEO Jonathan Homeyer – Vice Chairman Steven W. Nance – Secretary Jeff Young – Vice President Brian Pate – Treasurer

Board of Directors

Bob Abendschein Estelle P. McLaughlin Joseph P. Ash Sara Ortwein Jeff Beard Steve Pate Paul J. Carroll Blake Pounds Sarah Epley Michelle Riley-Brown Jason K. Harris Adrienne Ropp Peter R. Huntsman Larry Shaffer Patrick Hynes Patrick Shea Paul R. Kenworthy, M.D Andrew E. Steinberg Daniel E. Kolkhorst Christine Thoms-Knox Maryann T. Mannen Steve Van Howe Larry Massaro Keith W. Winters

Director in memoriam Jerry MacDonald President & CEO

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 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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Program

Friday, June 24 – 8 p.m. Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

St. John Flynn, narrator John Esteban Martinez, clarinet 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, TH 42 (1840–1893) Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (1945) with Mr. Flynn

Jean Francaix Clarinet Concerto (1912–1997) III. Andantino IV. Allegrissimo

Solo work featuring the 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition Winner

Igor Tchaikovsky Pétrouchka (1947) (1882-1971) The Shrovetide Fair Pétrouchka’s Room The Moor’s Room The Shrovetide Fair (Toward Evening) Please silence all cellphones during the concert. Photography and video are not allowed, including with cellphones. 3 • www.woodlandscenter.org


Program Notes Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) Tchaikovsky’s descriptive orchestral music includes pieces based onliterary works by Ostrovsky, Lord Byron and Dante, plus three works basedon Shakespeare plays: The Tempest, the Hamlet Fantasy and his enormously popular Romeo and Juliet. This passionate overture-fantasy was among his early orchestral works, and the idea for such a piece was suggested by Russian composer Mily Balakirev. In fact Balakirev kept pestering Tchaikovsky with his own ideas, even to the point of writing out suggested themes and offering critiques of the piece as it progressed. Nevertheless, Tchaikovsky felt indebted to Balakirev and dedicated the work to him. Having completed a first version of Romeo and Juliet in 1869, Tchaikovsky revised it extensively the following year and made more small revisions again in 1880. Though the famed piece is now frequently performed, it was not well received by audiences at its first few hearings; concertgoers even hissed at its Vienna premiere. Tchaikovsky set the work as a large sonata form, whose slow, prayerful introduction represents Friar Laurence in his cell. The turbulent opening theme depicts the warring Montagues and Capulets, while the very famous lyrical theme following this section portrays Romeo and Juliet in love. The development is taken up with further clashes between the Montagues and Capulets, followed by an expanded restatement of their themes and the love theme in the recapitulation, leading to a short, gloomy coda representing the death of the lovers. Romeo and Juliet is scored for piccolo, pairs of flutes, oboes plus English horn, pairs of clarinets and bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, harp and strings. A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) Like Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is probably his most accessible, frequently performed work. Apart from its purpose in introducing young listeners to the sounds of various orchestral instruments, the work is a set of 13 variations and a fugue, based on a hornpipe theme from Henry Purcell’s incidental music to the play, Abdelazar, by the now-forgotten 17th-century playwright, Aphra Behn. Earlier in 1945, Britten received a commission from the Ministry of Education to write the score for a film demonstrating orchestral instruments to schoolchildren. He had just been deeply involved in the creation and performance of two works commemorating the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death—the song cycle, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, and the Second String Quartet. The use of Purcell’s theme for the Young Person’s Guide was a byproduct of that experience with the music of his great 17th-century predecessor. Britten did not begin writing the work until the middle of December and, according to biographer Humphrey Carpenter, finished it at the stroke of midnight December 31. The theme is divided into six sections, beginning and ending with full-orchestra statements that enclose sections for the orchestra’s woodwind, string, brass and percussion choirs. Orchestral colors are further subdivided in the variations, which successively feature characteristic passages for the flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, violins, etc. As in the theme and variations, the jolly concluding fugue weaves itself through different sections of the orchestra, while balancing various countersubjects on one knee or the other.

Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is scored for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, large percussion ensemble, harp and strings Pétrouchka (1947 version) Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) Pétrouchka is one of Stravinsky’s most popular ballet scores, but it began its existence as a short work for piano and orchestra. While taking a respite in 1911 between the composition of The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky started writing the piece, eventually planning to title it after the grotesque clown, Pierrot, who figures into the lore of all circuses and fairs. When Stravinsky’s mentor and patron, impresario Serge Diaghilev, heard a draft of the piece, he immediately persuaded Stravinsky to turn it into a full ballet. At Diaghilev’s suggestion, Stravinsky collaborated on the scenario with designer Alexandre Benois, who was an expert on puppet theater according to the composer’s biographer, Eric Walter White. Pierre Monteux conducted the premiere by the Ballets Russes June 13, 1911, at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet. Performances of Pétrouchka aroused controversy on the European continent, but the ballet was popular in London and was staged throughout the United States (including some Texas cities) during the company’s vast American debut tour in 1916. While Pétrouchka was popular as a staged ballet during its early years, it has been heard mostly as an orchestral concert piece since 1947, when Stravinsky revised the score and reduced its huge orchestral ensemble to the smaller, more practical proportions. The score is divided into four interconnected scenes. The first and last depict crowds milling outside the puppeteer’s booth at the Shrovetide carnival. The second and third are interior scenes showing that the three carnival puppets are actually real, living creatures involved in an intense rivalry between Pétrouchka and the Blackmoor over the Ballerina. Reality shatters illusion in the closing scene when the Blackmoor chases Pétrouchka out of his dressing room and slashes him to death in front of the horrified crowd. The musical score to Pétrouchka offers a compendium of colorful effects. The pounding, offbeat syncopated rhythms and repetitive melodies, confined to a narrow range of notes, are hallmarks of Stravinsky’s musical style. The same is true of the sharp dissonance and the bitonal effects, when two instruments play in different keys as they do at the very beginning of the piece. Stravinsky borrowed music from other composers and incorporated it into his own works throughout his life, and Pétrouchka is full of such borrowings, especially from Old Russian folk songs. One of them, a “Song for St. John’s Eve,” became the popular Russian Dance in the opening scene, according to White. Stravinsky even borrowed two Viennese waltz tunes by Joseph Lanner, parodying them in the hesitant third-scene waltz between the Ballerina and the Blackmoor. In its 1947 version, Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka is scored for 3 flutes (third doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets (third doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp piano, celesta and strings. ©2016 Carl R. Cunningham

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Biography Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.

Following debut performances with Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony, Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic, and Brazil’s Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, closing the season for the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia and the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and concerts with Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Maestra Chen’s 2014-15 season includes concerts throughout the United States and in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. Performances of note include Maestra Chen leading Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra in November 2014, and San Francisco Symphony’s renowned Chinese New Year celebration and the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in February 2015. Recent performance highlights include an impressive debut with the Indianapolis Symphony as a last-minute step-in engagement, debuts with the Chicago Symphony on its subscription series, the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony (where she stepped in on short notice and was immediately re-engaged), and San Diego Symphony nationally, and engagements abroad with Austria’s Gross Orchester Graz, Brazil’s SãoPaulo Symphony, Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, NorrlandsOperan (Norrland’s Opera), the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Sweden’s Göthenburg Symfoniker. Among her many North American guesting credits are appearances with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, Nashville, North Carolina, Oregon, Pacific, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Overseas guesting credits include the principal Danish orchestras, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony. U.S. summer music festivals credits include the Aspen Music Festival, Britt, Grand Teton, Wintergreen, and the Chautauqua Institute.

In addition to the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras, Mei-Ann Chen’s skill on the podium, and as a music educator, has been recognized with several honors, awards and posts. In 2005 Ms. Chen became the first woman to win Copenhagen’s esteemed Malko Competition. She served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, under the aegis of the League of American Orchestras, with the Oregon symphony as well. Recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. In 2002, Ms. Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and a model for many youth orchestras in the United States. During her fiveyear tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also the recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education. Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the United States since 1989. She was the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees, simultaneously, in both violin and conducting, later studying with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. Ms. Chen also participated in the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. and at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.

Juan Estaban Martinez, clarinet Born in Colombia and raised in the Dominican Republic, Juan Esteban Martinez is currently in his second year at the Peabody Institute where he studies with Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinetist of New York Philharmonic. At the age of 15, he debuted as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic and two years later he was one of the winners of the Caldas’ Young Artist Competition in Colombia performing with the Caldas Symphony Orchestra. He was a founder fellow of both the Latin-American Wind Orchestra and the Iberoamerican Orchestra. Juan was also the recipient of the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance at Peabody.

Texas Music Festival Staff Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Administration Alan Austin  |  General and Artistic Director Melissa McCrimmon  |  Associate Director Franz Anton Krager  |  Music Director and Chief Conductor Robert Mayes  |  Director of Scheduling and Housing Dennis Whittaker, Kirsten Yon  |  Chamber Music Coordinators Elisa Haaland  |  Operations Coordinator and Personnel Manager Janine Arostique  |  Operations Assistant Austin Beck  |  Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Lynda Sanders/Marketing Solutions Inc.  |  Marketing Consultant 5 • www.woodlandscenter.org

Susan Farb Morris  |  Public Relations Consultant Jacob Sustaita  |  Festival Orchestra Manager Nick Puccia  |  Concert Production Alejandro Basulto-Martinez, Martin Wells  |  Orchestra Librarians Gracie Ibemere  |  Housing Coordinator Lavelle Florence  |  Transportation Coordinator Christopher Kimball, Benson Kwan  |  Percussion Coordinators Jason Burton  |  Equipment Manager


2016 Texas Music Festival Orchestra Fellows, Faculity and Soloists Orchestra Fellows are chosen through a rigorous live and taped audition process from among over 400 applicants. Each receives a full tuition fellowship and housing assistance for the four-week residency in Houston. This year’s orchestra comes from Texas, 20 other US states, and 22 foreign countries. We welcome them to Houston and The Woodlands. Violin Sukyung Ahn | South Korea Samantha Arizpe | Texas Andres Bravo | Bolivia Ahra Cho | South Korea Jisu Choi | South Korea Seth Freifeld | Arizona Carly Galloway | Texas Felix Gamez | Texas Daniel Gibson | Texas Bin Gui | China Saki Kaneko | Japan Hae Ji Kim | South Korea Xiu Yi Kow | Singapore Andrzej Kunecki | Poland Haeni Lee | South Korea Nuri Lim | South Korea James Masanotti | Texas Su Jin Oh | South Korea Chu Kyung Park | South Korea Yelin Park | South Korea Carina Remmel | Arkansas Angel Rhodes | South Korea Mark Sanchez | Texas Harrison Schumann | Texas Jin Young Song | South Korea Clara Treadway | Texas Aishwarya Vijay | Iowa Goulong Wang | China James Watts | Texas Esther Witherell | New York Naxin Yin | China Ke Zhu | China

Double Bass Michael Fortner | Texas Christopher Glavac | Ohio Casey Karr | California Jihee Kim | South Korea Michael Martin | Pennsylvania Johann Schuster | South Africa Dylan Stroud | Georgia Eric Timperman | Ohio

Viola Orlando Barajas. Mexico Kevan Clarktson | Missouri Evan Cooper | Oklahoma Kyle Davis | Louisiana Rachel Hall | Georgia Nickolas Kaynor | Massachusetts Margaret Klucznik | Connecticut Mariya Ksondzyk | Ukraine Samantha Peng | Virginia Mason Spence | Ohio Melody Teoh | Malaysia Shelby Thompson | Texas

Horn Aaron Griffinº | Texas Scott Hoehn | Colorado Jamie Leff | Illinois Scott Leger | Texas Stephen Newberry | Georgia Charlotte O’Connorº | Texas Max Stein | Florida Stephen Wadenpfhulº | Texas Clinton Webb | Ohio

Cello Georgia Bourderionnet | Georgia Sara Bravo | Bolivia Gilberto Hernan Campa | Mexico Hyewon Chang | South Korea David Chentian Gu | China Christine Kralik | Utah Hannah MacLeod | Minnesota Robert Rosenfeld | Texas Hsin Hou Sun | Hong Kong Charlotte Ullman | Connecticut

Trumpet Noah Adams+ | Virginia Chris Boulais | Texas Ryan Chastain | Arkansas Allen Chen | Illinois Cameron Kubos+ | Texas Gerardo Mata | Texas Matthew Mondragon+ | Texas

Flute Stephen Barton | Florida Allison Parramore | Massachusetts Evan Pengra Sult | Washington Kathryne Salo | Louisiana Oboe Andrew Glenn | Texas Remy Libbrecht | Alaska Mary O’Keefe | Ohio Tanavi Prabhu | Pennsylvania Clarinet Alexandra Doyle | Texas Adam Floyd | Texas Kamalia Freyling | California Juan Esteban Martinez | Dominican Republic Elisha Willinger | Florida Bassoon Burton Fowler | Texas Brian Geise | Texas Lieza Hansen | Iowa Nina Laube | Illinois

Bass Trombone Ryo Teratani | Japan

Tenor Trombone Stephen Farrell | Florida Chris Grijalva* | Texas Aneesh Kumarº | Texas Ingram Lee IV | Texas Victor Mambruº | Texas Stephen Whimple | New York

Bass Trombone Jasper Davis | Texas Tuba Ben Malmer | Texas Ben St. Pierreº | Virginia Harp Cindy Qin | Ohio Pui Hang Natalie Man | Hong Kong Percussion Joe Desotelle | New York Greg Doscher | Texas Braden Freitas* | Hawaii Briana Garcia* | Texas Sarah Gartin | Texas Chris Kimball* | Texas Ben Kipp | Illinois Tomasz Kowalczyk | Poland Lucas Sanchez* | New Mexico Madison Shake | Indiana Mandolin Michael Whitebread | Texas Piano Szymon Czesniak | Texas Jun Guo | China Andreea Mut | Romania Celeste Szymon Czesniak | Texas Jun Guo | China Harpsichord Patrick Zelezik | North Carolina Organ Patrick Zelezik | North Carolina * June 11 | Respighi + Member | Moores School of Music Trumpet Studio | June 11 | Respighi º July 2 | Strauss

Conductors Mei-Ann Chen Hans Grafº Franz Anton Krager* Carl St. Clair Soloists Richard Beene | bassoon Leone Buyse | flute Jonathan Fischer* | oboe St. John Flynnº | narrator Mark Hughes* | trumpet Robert Johnson* | French horn Winner | 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition

Faculity Robert Atherholt* | oboe Ted Atkatz | percussion Ju Young Baekº | violin Allen Barnhill | trombone Richard Beene | bassoon Emanuel Borok | violin Wayne Brooks* | viola Leone Buyse | flute Aralee Dorough* | flute Susan Dubois | viola James Dunham | viola Paul Ellison | double bass Jonathan Fischer* | oboe Phillip Freeman+ | trombone David Garrettº | cello Andrzej Grabiec* | violin Desmond Hoebigº | cello Mark Hughes* | trumpet Robert Johnson* | French horn David Kirk | tuba Anthony Kitai* | cello Lachezar Kostov+ | cello Eric Larson | double bass Thomas LeGrand | clarinet Paula Page* | harp Lucie Robert | violin Thomas Siders+ | trumpet Matthew Strauss | percussion William VerMeulen | French horn Elise Wagner* | bassoon Michael Webster | clarinet Dennis Whittaker* | double bass Kirsten Yon* | violin Additional Artists Belrose Duoº David Garrettº | cello Junko Ueno | piano Daniel Alexander+º | flute Jeffrey Cohen | piano Isabelle Ganz | narrator Timothy Hester* | piano Timothy Jones* | baritone Brian Logan+º | trombone Melanie Sonnenberg* | mezzo-soprano Megan Stapletonº | soprano Brian Suits* | piano Trio Slavaº Oleg Sulyga | violin Lachezar Kostov | cello Viktor Valkov | piano Viktor Valkov | piano Settling The Score Andrew Davis* | commentator Yoga For Musicians Linda Gilbert Professional Development Forums Anni Hochhalter+ Garrett Hudson Lachezar Kostov+ Elizabeth Priestly Siffert+ Yoga For Musicians Linda Gilbert June May2016 2016 •• 66


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. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and South Walton are proud to announce their partnership for the 2016 performing arts season. Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton is continually recognized as a premier destination that boasts 26 miles of sugar-white sand, turquoise water and 16 acclaimed beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style.

A hot July day isn’t the only time to visit this Florida town. The spokesperson says, “South Walton is not just a summer destination. There is so much to do beyond the beach.” During the shoulder season, September through February, the culinary, fashion and film events abound for guests to the area. She added, “There is so much more of a rich experience than just coming to lay out on the beach.” For the adventurers in the family, travelers will enjoy stand-up paddleboarding or fishing on the stunning water of the Gulf of Mexico or one of the area’s 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Additionally, South Walton’s over 200 miles of trails invite nature lovers to observe rare birds while hiking through state parks and forests.

Some may wonder what a Florida destination has to do with The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. A South Walton spokesperson says that answer is simple, “South Walton is a family friendly destination full of outdoor and cultural experiences just like The Woodlands. I know The Pavilion’s audience would love the opportunity to take a much-deserved vacation here and they come to our destination often. We are here to show our support back to a community that is important to us.” The performing arts are as important to South Walton as they are to The Pavilion. When researching partnerships South Walton found an alignment in the Mission of The Pavilion with their destination, “We too are charged with entertaining and enriching the lives of our guests in an effort to formulate an appreciation for the arts.” South Walton boasts more than 20 local art studios and galleries as well as a local music scene that has become a focal point for the area.

Pavilion guests will find South Walton with instant prizes and a drawing for a YOLO Bike and 30A paddleboard in the North Plaza during performing arts shows. This is their way of saying “thank you” to our area for showing so much love to their destination by traveling there often. They are also really looking forward to the 21st Annual Children’s Festival in November. According to South Walton, “We are excited to have a little longer to talk to attendees, offer more ‘thank yous’ in the form of instant gifts and to announce the winners of the YOLO bike and 30A paddleboard.”

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. 7 • www.woodlandscenter.org

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 the community, making a difference in the community and bringing the arts to our community. There is time and work involved with my volunteering for Partners, but it’s been one of the most rewarding things I have done.”

While Lisa Koetting and family are originally from Michigan, since 1991, they have called The Woodlands home. She said, “We’ve lived in Texas longer than anywhere else, this is home.” Koetting has spent her career as a CPA and active volunteer. It was only natural her skills and tenacity would be noticed by The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Over the last 6+ years, Koetting has co-chaired the scholarship committee but is now stepping down to focus her efforts on the Wine Dinner. She said, “The symbiosis of the two committees is helpful as the Wine Dinner funds the scholarship program. I have truly enjoyed working on both committees and look forward to the growth of both from here.”

Koetting was called by friend and fellow Partner, Keith Ferry to assist on the scholarship committee due to her experience in a similar scholarship program she ran at her children’s school. Koetting said, “In order for me to serve on the committee, I needed to make the commitment to be a Partner and once I learned about the good things they do in the community, it was an easy call to join.” Koetting’s favorite memories stem from her work on committees with Pavilion staff and other Partners. She stated, “We are all passionate about touching

If you are interested in becoming a Pavilion Partner, visit www.woodalndscenter.org/about-partners or contact Leslie Williams at lwilliams@woodlandscenter.org. To learn more about The Pavilion Partner scholarship program visit: https://www.woodlandscenter.org/scholarships.

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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 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.

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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.


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. Sublime with Rome

Dixie Chicks

Jim Gaffigan

Lynyrd Skynyrd

5 Seconds of Summer

Ray LaMontagne

Gwen Stefani

Alabama Shakes

June 24 Texas Music Festival Orchestra • 8 p.m. Mei-Ann Chen, conductor FREE Event

Aug. 4 Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton • 7 p.m.

June 25

Aug. 7 Sublime with Rome and 311 • 5:30 p.m.

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

Aug. 6 Dixie Chicks • 7 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

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.

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

Sept. 24 Alabama Shakes • 8 p.m. with Corinne Bailey Rey

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

Sept. 25 Counting Crows and Rob Thomas • 6:45 p.m.

Aug. 21 Dierks Bentley • 7 p.m with special guests Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard

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

Oct. 8

Prophets of Rage • 7 p.m.

Aug. 22 Def Leppard • 7 p.m. with REO Speedwagon and Tesla Aug. 26 Slipknot with Marilyn Manson • 6:30 p.m. and Of Mice and Men Aug. 27 Sound of Music Sing-A-Long • 8 p.m. $15 Orchestra / $10 Mezzanine / $5 Lawn seating

July 30 The Bud Light Party Rally: • 3 p.m. Carnival of Madness Featuring Shinedown

Sept. 2 Music of Rolling Stones • 8 p.m. with the Houston Symphony Brent Havens, conductor

July 31 Blink 182 • 7 p.m.

Sept. 5 Fifth Harmony • 7 p.m. with Tribe Society

Aug. 3 Rob Zombie & Korn • 6:30 p.m. with In This Moment

Sept. 8 Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul • 7 p.m. with Tribe Society

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 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. June 2016 • 10


JULY 21

FREE ice cream for the first 2,500 guests starting at 6:30 p.m. in the North Plaza! Sponsored by

8 p.m. / Doors: 6:30 p.m.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY $20 orchestra seating FREE mezzanine & lawn seating courtesy of

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© 2016 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DRESS THE PART & SING-A-LONG! The Classic Film with Subtitles So Everyone Can Sing Along!

AUGUST 27 8 p.m. / Doors: 6:30 p.m.

$15 orchestra $10 mezzanine $5 lawn 281-363-3300

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TICKETS can be purchased at The Pavilion Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. app store and Google Play

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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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