Category: Music

Woodlands Symphony to present “HomeGrown” concert, a celebration of Woodlands arts and artists

Katherine AudasThe Woodlands Symphony Orchestra will present a multimedia experience with HomeGrown: A celebration concert honoring the musicians, composers and artists in The Woodlands, the symphony’s final concert in its Cantus Firmus (Fixed Song) season. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets are available

Under the artistic direction of Darryl Bayer, the evening will be orchestrated with a variety of segments that include original compositions, classical favorites, soloists, live performance arts, video/media enhancement and two multi-generational-diverse symphonies on stage at the same time.

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Texas Music Festival Orchestra Offers Free Concert at The Pavilion

TMF PlayersSince 1990, each summer, young professional musicians descend upon the University of Houston campus for a four-week intensive orchestral fellowship program. Each musician accepted into the program receives a fellowship that includes tuition, housing and meals.   The program is a dynamic opportunity for young musicians to learn from distinguished artists from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music faculty as well as members of the Houston Symphony with a mission of preparing them for a career in music.

The program culminates at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion where the Texas Music Festival Orchestra will take the Main Stage for a free concert Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. under Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen.  click here for complete story

Concert: Megan Anderson’s EP Release Party!!

IMG_9820Megan is going to have a concert at the Loft Student Center on January 24 doors open at 6:00pm and openers start at 6:30pm.

There will be a $10 cover charge ($20 for families) which includes the cost for a CD. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Angel Reach an organization that helps kids that age out of foster care. See you there!!

The Woodlands Show Chorus performs its annual holiday show “Take a Ride on The Woodlands Express”

Chorus set for holiday show

The Woodlands Show Chorus performs its annual holiday show “Take a Ride on The Woodlands Express” at 2 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Nancy Bock Center inside McCullough Junior High School. Tickets are $15 for adults for the early show and $25 for adults for the evening show.

flyer small-cropDoors open a half hour before each performance with Santa photo ops for the kids, a holiday themed silent auction, bake sale, Christmas quilt raffle and many more activities. The show, which is a musical parody of “The Polar Express,” features the 2015 SAI Region 10 Championship Quartet, Live It Up, who represented the region at the 2015 SAI International Chorus and Quartet Competition in Las Vegas in mid-October.

The Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts is located at McCullough Junior High School, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands. Learn more or call 713-688-6509.

7 Fun Date Night Things to do in The Woodlands this weekend (Nov. 13–14)

There are plenty of fun things to do in the Woodlands as a couple. While The Woodlands has plenty of shopping pavilions, there is more to do than shop. Couples can enjoy a range of activities that are sure to put a smile on their face. The best part is you don’t have to look too far (or dig too deep in the wallet) to find fun and affordable ideas. We’ve put together a list of 7 suggestions under $30 that are guaranteed to pump up the fun in your life.

1. Skate in the Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center: (Saturday/Sunday)

Be one of the first to step out onto the largest seasonal outdoor ice rink in the southwest during a special Preview Weekend of The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, November 15, 2015 from noon – 7 p.m.

2. A Night of Live Theatre: Cinderella the Musical (Friday/Saturday)

Who needs the bright lights of Broadway when they can head to The John Cooper School for a show? The John Cooper School production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella promises to bring to life this magical fairy tale with beautiful music and lots of unique twists. Performances will be held: on the main stage of the Glenn Performing Arts Center on November 12-14 at 7 p.m. And November 14-15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Click here for ticket Tickets

3. Enjoy a live performance of Rhythm & Boogie at the College Park HS Choir Fall Show: (Friday/Saturday)

The College Park High School (CPHS) Choir invites you to enjoy a live performance of Rhythm & Boogie at the RnB Fall Show on November 13 – 14 at 7:00 p.m. Join us as the CPHS Auditorium will transform into a DiscoTech packed with high energy, memorizing moves, and classic tunes that will take you down memory lane to the 1970s! This small group of nineteen talented students has been preparing this fully choreographed musical extravaganza since July and they are so excited to share this performance with our community.Tickets are $5, and available at entrace. We hope you join us! For more information: Visit Website

4. Tap your feet to the beat at the Woodlands Jazz Festival (Saturday)

Get your dancing shoes on and be ready to tap your foot to the beat at the inaugural The Woodlands Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 14. The event will feature both national and local jazz artists while highlighting the popular musical genre that originated in The United States in the late 19th/early 20th century. The festival will be held from noon to 10pm at Town Green Park, located at 2099 Lake Robbins Drive. A ticket is required to attend the event, but children under 12 are free! Outside food and drinks will not be allowed, but there will be a variety of food and drinks sold at the event, including adult beverages. Attendees are more than welcome to bring blankets and chairs so that they can sit back and enjoy the music.

5. Football Game – Friday Night Lights: Round 1 of the State 6A Playoffs!! (Friday)

Pageantry, excitement, and yes, even hand holding. Football games make great dates, particularly first dates. They give you the comfortable side-by-side position offered on a movie date, but with the opportunity to stop and chat whenever you like. And with things constantly happening on the field, there’s always something to talk about if conversation lags.

  • The Woodlands vs Klein Oak – Fri. Nov 13 7pm Woodforest Bank Stadium
  • College Park  at Spring – Fri. Nov 13 7pm Leonard George Stadium

6. Volleyball Game:  Sweet Sixteen Round of State Tournament (Friday/Saturday)

Volleyball is loud, which encourages everyone to join in, but it also has it’s quiet moments, which allow you to chat, but not have super long conversations. And while the nuances of volleyball can get tricky with explaining kills and digs and what-not, the general idea is easy. That means for most of the game you and your date will be on the same page. And if anything different comes up, it provides a chance to snuggle and explain. Plus, tickets aren’t nearly as pricey, so your wallet will thank you at the end of the evening.

Volleyball games are also all played indoors, which negates any weather issues and games go on as scheduled.

  • The Woodlands vs Pearce – Fri. Nov. 13 4:30pm Johnson Coliseum at Sam Houston State University
  • Oak Ridge vs Highland Park Fri. Nov. 13 6:30pm Johnson Coliseum at Sam Houston State University
  • Regional Finals Sat. Nov. 14 Johnson Coliseum at Sam Houston State University

7. Dinning: Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing

Restaurant Row, located on the northeast shore of Lake Woodlands in Hughes Landing, includes some top-notch eateries to please even the most finicky of palates.

  • California Pizza Kitchen boasts authentic California-style cuisine. Chefs prepare food from scratch every day using flavors from over 175 fresh ingredients. Their signature pizzas are created from dough, which is hand-tossed and then baked to perfection in an open hearth. Besides pizza, California Pizza Kitchen is known for its distinctive pasta dishes and salads in a relaxed dining environment.
  • Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex and Tequila offers made-from-scratch Mexican food made from family recipes along with handcrafted margaritas. Patrons can enjoy the restaurant’s signature fajitas, enchiladas and empanadas while dining on the patio overlooking Lake Woodlands.
  • Known for its fresh seafood and steaks as well as American comfort food such as pork chops and roast chicken, Del Frisco’s Grille is an upscale bar and grill featuring modern American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Each Del Frisco’s menu includes regional favorites using locally sourced ingredients and features the finest local flavors. The restaurant’s other Houston location was recently named to OpenTable’s 100 Hottest Restaurants in the country.
  • Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House. Truluck’s is best known for its fresh Florida Stone Crab. Since the restaurant owns its own fisheries, they only exclusively work with a group of dedicated crabbing professionals on the Isle of Capri just outside of Naples, FL. Additionally, Truluck’s follows all Ocean Conservancy guidelines and environmental stewardship and sustainability drives all aspects of the restaurant’s operations, ensuring that patrons receive the freshest seafood without harming the marine ecosystem.

Outlaw country’s Billy Joe Shaver rides into Dosey Doe

Billy Joe Shaver plays Dosey Doe’s Big Barn July 11.
Billy Joe Shaver plays Dosey Doe’s Big Barn July 11.

Billy Joe Shaver, one of the kings of outlaw country music, will perform at Dosey Doe’s Big Barn July 11. Shaver’s songs have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley and Kris Kristofferson, and he’s performed with Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith and Charlie Daniels. On his latest album, Long in the Tooth, he sings about the trials of an aging cowboy. click here for complete story

Summer Songwriters Experience Camp – Real Life, Real Music

The art of songwriting is alive at Real Life Real Music, a company founded by Kyle Hutton who hosts the Songwriters Experience Camp in The Woodlands each summer.

Students ages 10-18 write, record and perform an original song in one week to get a feel for the songwriting process.

The first session, which started Monday morning and will end Sunday, began with nervous excitement during the initial introductions. About a dozen musically inclined children were gathered at Dosey Doe off Interstate 45 eager to begin writing an original song. click here for complete story