Woodlands Concerts

 

The Houston Symphony’s performances at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion are supported in part by the George P. & Cynthia Mitchell Summer Concerts Fund.

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1 CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR

 

Friday, April 29, 2016 
Jason Seber,
 conductor
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Beatlemania officially arrived in Houston 50 years ago this summer when Sir Paul, John, George and Ringo first performed at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1965. As a tribute, we’re kicking off the season with an all-out Beatles celebration. It's a fresh take on some of the world’s most influential music.

2 DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016 
Robert Franz, conductor

Be part of our world as we explore the visionary creations of the imagination. With Ariel’s surf to turf wishes in The Little Mermaid and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Associate Conductor Robert Franz has dreamt up a fantastical program where you can be anything or anywhere when you wish upon a star.

3 SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

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Friday, May 20, 2016 
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano
Gabriela Lena Frank: Escaramuza
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Houston favorite Gabriela Montero returns to perform Grieg’s virtuosic Piano Concerto. From its unforgettable opening chords to its heart-on-sleeve finale, warm melodies with a Nordic color abound in this perennially popular work. Andrés returns to Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz’ fever dream of unrequited love, glittering ballrooms and opium-induced hallucinations of guillotines and graveyards. Ever since his Houston Symphony debut with this piece, our musicians and audiences alike have fallen in love with the unique sound and masterful interpretations of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

4 | STAR WARS AND MORE: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 
Brett Mitchell, conductor

No composer epitomizes modern film music like John Williams. He has written some of the most recognizable soundtracks in cinematic history, and this program celebrates the thrilling themes of the innumerable adventures that he has helped imagine. From Spielberg staples like Shindler's List and E.T. to Star Wars and the Harry Potter franchise, his music has brought characters to life and filled our hearts with the magic of the movies.

5 STAR SPANGLED SALUTE

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Sunday, July 3, 2016 
Steven Reineke, Principal Pops Conductor      Designate
Kristine Reese & Billy Tighe, vocalists

Enjoy an evening of patriotic, toe-tapping music performed by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony. This free Independence Eve spectacular, which has been a tradition at The Pavilion for 25 years, features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites.

6 DREAMWORKS ANIMATION IN CONCERT

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016 
Justin Freer, conductor

From Shrek to How to Train Your Dragon to Madagascar to Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s great stories and beloved characters inspire and delight audiences of all ages. We celebrate more than 20 years of visually stunning footage projected onto the big screen with live performances of iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri and more.

7 | THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES 

 

September 2, 2016
Brent Havens, conductor/arranger
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

A night dedicated to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, The Rolling Stones. Frontman Brody Dolyniuk delivers the spirit of Mick Jagger’s signature performances in this high-energy symphonic-rock program. Enjoy the Stones’ #1 hits, such as “Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” "Ruby Tuesday,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Angie” and more.

HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
, conductor
Michel Camilo, pianist

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Houston Symphony! Join the Houston Symphony's Colombian-born, Vienna-trained Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada for a festive evening of Latin American orchestral masterpieces.

9 HOCUS POCUS POPS

 

Friday, October 7, 2016 
Robert Franz, conductor

Hocus Pocus Pops is a night of tricks, treats and enchanting music as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. An imaginative blend of chilling music and spirited fun is sure to spook you into the season.

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