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The Pavilion hosts Independence Eve Tradition Star-Spangled Salute with the Houston Symphony

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On the evening of Wednesday, July 3, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion kicked off America’s birthday celebration with a host of patriotic favorites under the stars at the Star-Spangled Salute with the Houston Symphony. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, this free event has been an Independence Eve tradition at The Pavilion for over 30 seasons.

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The symphony performed a variety of Americana favorites led by conductor Jason Seber. The evening also featured tenor and rising operatic star, Rafael Moras.

Pre-concert activities began at 6:30 p.m. in the North and South Plazas and featured an ExxonMobil photo opportunity, souvenir giveaways, visits with patriotic characters, a special art project, The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo and sponsor activations.

The Woodlands Show Chorus, an award-winning a cappella chorus comprised of approximately fifty women of all ages from The Woodlands and surrounding communities, provided pre-show entertainment in front of the Main Stage starting at 7 p.m. The Woodlands Show Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International and strives for musical excellence through education, competition and community involvement.

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