Houston Ballet to Dazzle The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's Main Stage May 5

By: Ashley Gravois
| Published 04/05/2023

Houston Ballet Principal Jessica Collado with Artists of Houston Ballet in Rubies. Choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox (2022). Courtesy of Houston Ballet.

THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is excited to welcome the talented dancers of Houston Ballet to the Main Stage on Friday, May 5, as they present George Balanchine’s Jewels, three distinct works creating a unified evening of dance, often hailed as the first plotless full-length ballet. Sponsored by The Wortham Foundation, gates open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance. Mezzanine and lawn seating are FREE. Reserved orchestra seats are available for $25 per ticket.

Sponsored by The Wortham Foundation, the program will feature three acts that each embody their namesake jewel through the unique musical stylings of their corresponding composer. The French-evocative Emeralds set to Fauré, the delightfully witty Rubies set to Stravinsky, and the illustrious Diamonds set to Tchaikovsky complete an evening of glitz and glamour not to be missed! This stunning work of art is welcomed back to The Pavilion’s Main Stage for a spring awakening that’s sure to sparkle.

Pre-show entertainment in the North Plaza will be provided by Boni's Dance & Performing Arts Studio. The Pavilion is thrilled to welcome the group to the venue as it so closely aligns with its mission of providing performance opportunities for young artists in the community. Other pre-show activities will begin at 7 p.m. and include photo opportunities, an arts & crafts booth, themed games, an instrument petting zoo and sponsor activations.

Mezzanine and lawn seating are free for all performing arts events. Tickets for most performances are $25 for orchestra seating. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic from home or their favorite restaurant to enjoy in their seat or on the hill. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion and picnics must also comply with The Pavilion’s bag size restriction and/or be in original packaging.

Families are also encouraged to enhance their performing arts experience with Mini Pavilion Maestros, a free and exciting program that makes the arts both fun and accessible for kids of all ages. By signing up for Mini Pavilion Maestros, children will receive: a special membership lanyard and badge, free reserved seating at all performing arts events, early entry for select shows, a free ticket to Children’s Festival and other great perks throughout the season. Families can register their children at any of The Pavilion’s performing arts events this season at a special booth located in the North Plaza or online at

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