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Houston Symphony

a symphony of heroes Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Presented by


The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman is operated by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the community.


To provide educational programs about the performing arts; to provide training and performance opportunities for young artists; to be a catalyst for new audiences and enhance appreciation for the arts; and, to present a diverse offering of performing arts.


J E R RY MACD ONALD Pre s i d e n t a n d C EO o f Th e Pavi l i o n Welcome to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion! We are excited to be welcoming back the Houston

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Symphony for A Symphony of Heroes this evening. As this season is coming to an end, we would like to thank you for joining us at this special event that honors the inspiring superheroes we meet every day- first responders, military and more- with the triumphant scores of the silver screen's greatest



heroes. I would also like to take a minute to thank Conroe ISD for their partnership and participation

Jonathan Homeyer – Chairman of the Board Jerry MacDonald – President and CEO Blake A. Pounds – Vice Chairman Maryann T. Mannen – Secretary Jeff Young – Vice President Craig A. Bourgeois – Treasurer

Jerry MacDonald – President & CEO Mallory Marlowe – Executive Assistant Melanie Faulkner – Human Resources Manager Crystal Pierce – Receptionist

wonderful literacy event and I hope you got the chance to attend and take home a free book.

Bob Abendschein Bill Braun Steve Campbell Mita Desai Linda D. DuCharme Janene Hemmen Peter R. Huntsman Patrick Hynes Larry Massaro Estelle P. McLaughlin Bob Milner Roger A. Nicholson Steve Pate Michelle Riley-Brown Adrienne Ropp Rick Seamon Patrick Shea Andrew E. Steinberg Alex Sutton Christine Thoms-Knox Jeff E. Urban Steve Van Howe

DIRECTOR IN MEMORIUM Cynthia Woods Mitchell (1922 - 2009)

Jeff Young – Vice President of Operations JD Villaseñor – Director of Premium Seat Sales Matt Meyer – Facilities Manager Josie Moore – Box Office Manager Kelly Rich – Event Operations Manager David Schlauch – Maintenance Manager Carla Denman – VIP & Event Coordinator Charles Mayberry – Ticket Coordinator Mike Bevel – Operations Alex Glameyer – Operations Victor Maldonado – Groundskeeper Javier Ramirez – Groundskeeper Javier Cabello – Groundskeeper Lucina Cabello - Cleaning Crew Lorena Hernandez – Cleaning Crew Barry Moninghoff – Overnight Security Ryan Moninghoff - Overnight Security Larry Stewart – Overnight Security Craig A. Bourgeois – Chief Financial Officer Natalia Baker – Controller Jenny Lewis – Accounting Manager Loretha Warren – Accounting Specialist

at the annual Hats Off to Reading event that was held prior to tonight's performance. This is a

The Houston Symphony will return to the Main Stage on Friday, October 18 for haunting evening at Hocus Pocus Pops. Please come and wear your favorite Halloween costume as this is one of the most popular concerts we present each year. The first 100 boys and girls to check in at Hocus Pocus Central fully costumed, get the chance to walk across the Main Stage in the Goblin Parade. In November, we will be presenting our 24th Annual Children's Festival, presented by ExxonMobil, featuring Thomas & Friends live on The Pavilion Main Stage. At the two-day festival, attendees can watch live performers, meet and greet characters and partake in plenty of exciting adventures throughout the entire venue. Get ready for another family friendly celebration at this year's Children's Festival! Holly Jolly Jingle will close out our 30th performing arts season on December 5 and will feature local high school musicians and the Sam Houston State University Orchestra and Choir. Come out with the family and kick off the holiday season listening to these talented students and enjoying a visit with a special guest from the North Pole.

Lisa Baeckel – Director of Development Carmen Smiley – Development & Volunteer Coordinator

As always, The Pavilion provides free mezzanine and lawn seating for all performing arts events.

Cameron Klepac – Director of Marketing & Education Ashley Gravois – PR & Educational Outreach Manager Scott Shaver – Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator

See you on the hill.

Come out, bring the whole family and enjoy this world-class venue right in your own backyard.



Stuart Chafetz, Conductor John Williams / C. Custer M. Giacchino / B. Holcombe Silvestri / Martinez J. Powell G. Rossini E. Korngold R. Gregson-Williams / V. Lopez D. Elfman / S. Bartek Elfman / J. Wasson

Summon The Heroes Music from The Incredibles Main Theme from The Avengers Suite from X-Men: The Last Stand Overture to William Tell Symphonic Suite from The Adventures of Robin Hood II. Robin Hood and His Merry Men Music from Wonder Woman Theme from Batman Music from Spiderman


Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan


Love Theme from Superman

H. Zimmer / R. Ford

Selections from Man of Steel

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

BIOGRAPHIES STUART CHAFETZ, Co n d u c to r Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony. Chafetz, a conductor celebrated for his dynamic and engaging podium presence, is increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent and this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Naples, Philly Pops, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Vancouver. He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony where he leads multiple programs annually. He's had the privilege to work with renowned artists including Chris Botti, 2 Cellos, Hanson, Rick Springfield, Michael Bolton, Kool & The Gang, Jefferson Starship, America, Little River Band, Brian McKnight, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Richard Chamberlain, The Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker and Bernadette Peters. He previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for twenty years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops. He's led numerous Spring Ballet productions at the worldrenowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in addition to his role as that orchestra's timpanist. When not on the podium, Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco, CA, with his wife Ann Krinitsky. Chafetz holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master's from the Eastman School of Music.


Position Vacant, 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 Rodica Gonzalez Ferenc Illenyi** Si-Yang Lao Kurt Johnson Christopher Neal Sergei Galperin Boson Mo* Jenna Barghouti*

Second Violin

MuChen Hsieh, Principal Hitai Lee Mihaela Frusina Annie Kuan-Yu Chen Jing Zheng Martha Chapman Tianjie Lu Anastasia Sukhopara Tina Zhang Jordan Koransky Lindsey Baggett* Katrina Bobbs Savitski*


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


Brinton Averil Smith, Principal Janice and Thomas Barrow Chair Christopher French, Associate Principal Anthony Kitai Louis-Marie Fardet Jeffrey Butler Maki Kubota Xiao Wong Charles Seo Emileigh Vandiver* James R. Denton**

Double Bass

Robin Kesselman, Principal Timothy Dilenschneider, Associate Principal Mark Shapiro Eric Larson Andrew Pedersen Burke Shaw Donald Howey Michael McMurray


Aralee Dorough, Principal General Maurice Hirsch Chair Matthew Roitstein, Associate Principal Judy Dines Kathryn Ladner

AndrĂŠs Orozco-Estrada Steven Reineke Principal POPS Conductor Music Director Robert Franz Associate Conductor Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair Betsy Cook Weber Director, Houston Symphony Chorus

E-Flat Clarinet


Thomas LeGrand

Bass Clarinet

Alexander Potiomkin Tassie and Constantine S. Nicandros Chair


Allen Barnhill, Principal Bradley White, Associate Principal Phillip Freeman

Bass Trombone Phillip Freeman

Rian Craypo, Principal Elise Wagner Adam Trussell


Contrabassoon Adam Trussell

Leonardo Soto, Principal Matthew Strauss, Associate Principal



Dave Kirk, Principal


William VerMeulen, Principal Robert Johnson, Associate Principal Jesse Clevenger*, Assistant Principal Brian Thomas Nancy Goodearl Ian Mayton

Brian Del Signore, Principal Mark Griffith Matthew Strauss



Mark Hughes, Principal George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Chair John Parker, Associate Principal Robert Walp, Assistant Principal Richard Harris


Megan Conley, Principal** Scott Holshouser, Principal * Contracted Substitute ** On Leave


Kathryn Ladner


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

English Horn Adam Dinitz


Mark Nuccio, Principal Thomas LeGrand, Associate Principal Christian Schubert Alexander Potiomkin

Community-Imbedded Musicians David Connor, double bass Rainel Joubert, violin Patricia Quintero Garcia, violin Alexa Sangbin Thomson, viola Orchestra Personnel Manager Michael Gorman

Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Josh Hall

Stage Manager Stefan Stout

Librarian Thomas Takaro

Assistant Stage Manager JosĂŠ Rios

Assistant Librarians Aspen McArthur Michael McMurray

Stage Technicians Nick DiFonzo Armando Rodriguez

PERFORMING ARTS SEASON SPONSORS T h e C e n te r fo r t h e Pe r fo rm i n g A r t s wo u l d l i ke to t h a n k t h e fo l l ow i n g c o n t r i b u to rs fo r t h e i r f i n a n c i a l s u p p o r t o f o u r 2 0 1 9 Pe r fo rm i n g A r t s S e a s o n , Fi n e A r t s S c h o l a rs h i p s a n d Ed u c a t i o n a l O u t re a c h Pro g ra m s a s o f p r i n t i n g d e a d l i n e .


Performing Arts

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.

$100,000-$250,000 Live Nation $75,000-$99,999 The Howard Hughes Corporation $50,000-$74,999 Aramark ExxonMobil Huntsman Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands The Wortham Foundation Woodforest National Bank


$25,000-$49,999 Anadarko PepsiCo $10,000-$24,999 Accenture Fidelity Investments Susan & Dan Fordyce H-E-B Insperity Lisa & Fred Koetting KPMG LLP Lexus

$10,000-$24,999 STRIKE Debbie & Ron Treece Xfinity

$5,000-$9,999 Dr. Samir & Jennifer Shirodkar Sue & Doug Softy Emily & Blake Wilcox

$5,000-$9,999 Alight Solutions Joy & James Borneman Bubble Up Digital Media Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors Sylvia Caracio Sarah & Mario Coll Dr. Lloyd & Jacqe Everson Candi & Gerald Glenn Sheryl & Fred Greene Kristi & George Lindahl Maryann & Bryce Mannen Kim & Robert Marling Teresa & Bob Milner Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center The Nielsen Family Amy & Keith Odom Suzanne & Bob Potter Roger Read Renewal by Andersen Sewell Audi North Houston

$2,000-$4,999 Nancy Battle Code Ninjas Doug Eikenberg & Kathryn Ryan Linda & Rob Eissler Cindy & John Hageman Mary & Doug Hazlett Alice & Patrick Hynes Kathryn & Don Koetting Karen & Gary Lach Michelle & Dennis Leary Elizabeth & Colter Lewis Chris & Bo McBee Alix & Don Muhlbach Cindy Notarainni Sue & Kent Pagel Raising Cane's Dr. Alysia & John Robichau Rosemary Rodd Arlene & Sol Sachs Lynn & Robert Schedler Woodforest

Tickets are available online at or at The Pavilion Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on event days through intermission. Showtimes and dates subject to change. For more information call 281.363.3300 or visit


Candi & Gerald Glenn Amy & Jonathan Homeyer Tricia & Jerry MacDonald Rosemary Rodd $500

Nancy Battle Cindy & John Hageman Sonya & Roger Nicholson Shawn Spencer $250

Nelda & Jim Blair Robin & Jim Booth Cynthia & Ronald Brandt Patrice & John Brewer Deborah Butler Sean Kenneth Connelly & Lori Ann Hansard Mary & Doug Hazlett Minda & Jon Joslin Karen & Gary Lach Estelle & Mark McLaughlin Tom Tomasovic Paula & Benny Van Osdell $100

Gena & Greg Alvarez Susan & Darrell Bach Nancy & Mike Becker Nell & Ed Belanger Kathleen & Doug Blanchard Susan & Dean Borg Joy & James Borneman Brenda Eames & Mr. Alan Braaten Carol & Tom Buffa Sandra & Ken Busi Catherine & Tony Campbell Annabelle & Chris Carillo Barbara & Regan Chambers Simone Chiang & Steven Prevost Lori Coker & Gary Moynihan Robin Cook & Beverley Gale Christine & Timothy Covington Savannah & Jack Davis Kate & Charlie de Kanter Debra & Matt Dozier Joanne & Robert Dushek Linda & Rob Eissler Renee & Thomas Fields Brenda & Robert Fluth

Shannon Fox & Ryan Deckert Ingrid & Paul Glorioso Robin & Michael Griffith Beth & Doug Grijalva Susan & Chris Harte Janene & Rick Hemmen Amy Jackson & Paul Herman Nathaniel Holt & Freda Thomas Vicki Huebler & Debbie Stofcheck Judy & Richard Jones Rosie & Bill Kelly Denise & Joe Killeen Conchita & Eric Ladwig Michelle & Dennis Leary Joan & Robert Lesniewski Karen & James Listak Dianne & John Lundgren Nancy & Terrance Mahan Susan & Scott Mathes Karen & Jon Milburn Shelly & Michael O'Neil Sandra & Troy Oney Jeannie & Bernie Otten Kathryn & Paul Painter Kris & Kit Penniall Joyce & Ken Reynolds Margie & Keith Richardson Arlene & Sol Sachs Ann & Dane Sever Colleen & Terry Siemers Twylett & Joe Spiller Jill & Jeff Swift Jennifer & Patrick Taylor Stephanie & Mark Teed Sharon & Bill Vandrick Sheryl & Frank Vecchio Carol & Taylor Watkins Eileen & Gilbert Withers $50

Robert Arend Sara Avant Lisa Baeckel Vicki Baird Andy Barclay Melissa Barksdale Cleo Barry Bunny Benditz Stephanie Beridon Maureen Berube Sharon Bowen Janlyn Brooks

Debbie Burgess Helen Burwell Beth Butler Betty Button Debbie Cain Gordon Carruth Jim Cash Jay Close W Gene Coburn Candis Cooper Gaye Craig June M Cullum Jill Delany Lee Deskus Orbey Edge Sarah Epley Beverly Fennessy Phyllis Fish Sylvia Forbes Audrey Fraser Paul Freeman Linda Gulledge Lori Guyette Dana Hahn Monica Hayes Dorene Hernandez Sheila Hunsucker Michelle Huser Theresa Jensen Campbell Jernigan Valerie Johnston David C. Jones Debbie Kline Jose Leal Jacquelyn Leveston Mary Loy Traci LoVetere Judy Lux Linda Mallet Jennifer Maloof Margaret Martin Alayna Mathes David Mayes James Mayo Debbie McCarthy Kevin McCullough Jane McKetta Patricia McWilliams William Menard Betsy Meyer Katey Middleton Karen & Jon Milburn

Ernie Miller Nora Norman Cindy Notarainni Amy Odom Fred Ogdee Sue Pagel Julie ParĂŠ Kay Parker Mitch Penn Larry Perry Bobbi Pirone Blake Pounds Maryanne Racioppi Thomas Rafferty Janet Regan Liz Regan Rhonda Richardson Dwana Ricks William Robinson Andrea SaldaĂąa Sharon Schilling Leigh Schoner David Schottle Diane Seng Susan Sherman Melissa Shrake Ronald Smith Leslie Stanley Candace Strang Kim Stelter Davis Teichgraeber Ben Thomas Lesley Throup Terry Torres James Toth Andrew Treutle Connie Wagner Mary Walker Linda White Jeannie Williams Patrica Williams Rebecca Wolfe Gene Wolfson

SEPTEMBER Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Peter Frampton with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening

Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Iron Maiden with Raven Age

Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Game of Thrones - Live Concert Experience

Sept. 29, 7 p.m.

Meek Mill and Future

OCTOBER October 5, 5:30 p.m.

Majic Under the Stars: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with Keith Sweat, Kem and Dana Jackson

October 12, 7 p.m.

Casting Crows with Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes & Jamie Kimmett

October 18, 7:30 p.m.

Houston Symphony: Hocus Pocus Pops

October 26, 3:30 p.m. Buzzfest with Godsmack, Bush, +LIVE+, Our Lady Peace, Atlas Genius and Meg Meyers October 27, 7 p.m.

Zac Brown Band with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

NOVEMBER November 9-10

24th Annual Children's Festival Presented by ExxonMobil

DECEMBER December 5, 7 p.m.

Holly Jolly Jingle (Free Event)

MAY 2020 May 15, 7 p.m.

The Lumineers

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Full steam ahead to Thomas & Friends live plus two full days of family fun! All activities + live performance for just $10! Visit for more information.

A SPOOK-tacular Good Time with Houston Symphony!

Friday, Oct.18


7:30pm (Gates at 6pm)

The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza get a chance to march on stage in the Goblin Parade.


Tickets: $20 Reserved Orchestra FREE Mezzanine and Lawn Seating! Sponsored by:

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