Symphony performing Thursday at pavillion in The Woodlands

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The Sam Houston State University Symphony, under the direction of Carol Smith, will perform as part of The Fine Arts Education Series at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on March 7 at 11 a.m.Smith said everyone is excited about the concert. “This is really exciting for the students and faculty,” Smith said. “We get the same special treatment and considerations as famous groups who have played in the Pavilion.”The Fine Arts Education Series is designed to stimulate interest in fourth grade students to take band or orchestra when they get to the fifth grade, which is the first time students are allowed to participate in band and orchestra programs.Smith believes this is a wonderful chance for the children to see a live symphony. “This is great for the kids and it will hopefully get the kids interested and involved in the band or orchestra,” Smith said.Sam Houston is the only university asked to perform in the concert and they will perform for approximately 4,000 Conroe I.S.D. fourth grade students. Attendance to the performance is free.”I think it is a real honor to be the only school asked to play in the concert,” Smith said. “We feel really privileged and are truly thrilled to be able to take advantage of this opportunity,” The title of the program the symphony will be performing is called “A Musical Journey: From Mozart to the Movies.” Tying in with the title, the symphony will be playing pieces of Mozart and a melody from the movie “Harry Potter” which was written by John Williams.The symphony will also perform other popular pieces by Howard Hanson, Rimsky-Korsakov and Benjamin Britten. Smith also said Dr. Allen Hightower III will be a guest composer and his wife, Kristin Hightower, will be singing a duet with Christopher Michel as a part of the concert.The Conroe Service League and Partners, a volunteer organization, subsidize the concert. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The organization is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.