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HAIRSPRAY, Symphony Nights and More Set for Miller Outdoor Theatre This Summer

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Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is unique in the United States, offering an 8-month season of professional entertainment that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse and always FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country.

Miller offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue, and it's all FREE! Classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much more are included in this year's outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly!


Swing Jive & Pop! Into Dance

June 3 at 11 a.m.

METdance's "Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance" incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts in an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances its way through the eras -- Lindy Hops through the 1930s, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s and revs things up with the Hip Hop music of today.

Students, teachers, and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy-filled hour of dance while learning fun, historical tidbits of information along the way.

No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis

Presented by METdance.

Sizzling Summer Dance

June 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Kick off your summer with METdance at the annual Sizzling Summer Dance concert! Get a sneak peek of a World Premiere by New York based choreographer Sydney Skybetter and the 2015 Emerging choreographer. The evening will also include some of METdance's most celebrated works. A diverse and versatile program bursting with dance, music, and spirit, catch the MET in their final performance of the season in a show perfect for all ages.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets needed for open seating on the hill.

Produced by METdance.

Accordian Kings & Queens

June 6 at 7 p.m.

Calling all accordion aficionados -- enjoy the very best of Texas Squeezebox as Texas Folklife celebrates 30 years of promoting Texas music and culture. It will be a star-studded affair, with the best of Texas roots music featuring the accordion -- conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco and Cajun.

2015 Lineup
Debra Peters & The Love Saints
Jerome Batiste and the ZydeKo Players
Big Squeeze Champions
Los Texmaniacs with special guests of Los Super Seven

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets needed for open seating on the hill.

Produced by Texas Folklife

Hairspray Jr.

June 10 - 12 at 11 a.m.

Hairspray Jr. is an hour-long, family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!

*Hairspray, Jr. is a 60-minute version of the show that is geared toward a younger audience and will be performed June 10-12 at 11am.

No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Produced by Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Humphreys School

Hairspray

June 12 - 13 at 8:15 p.m

(Closed Captioned June 12, 8:15 p.m.; Audio described June 13, 8:15 p.m.)

TUTS presents Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets needed for open seating on the hill.

Produced by Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Humphreys School

EXXONMOBIL

Summer Symphony Nights

June 18, 20, 26, 27 at 8:30 p.m.

The Houston Symphony's popular series of summer concerts return. Hear great guest artists, outstanding conductors and the musicians of your Houston Symphony orchestra.

June 18 performance at 8:30 p.m.:

Gergely Madaras, conductor
Eduardo Rios, violin (Gold medalist of the Sphinx Competition)
Kodaly, Peacock Variations
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Dvorak, Symphony No. 8

June 20 performance at 8:30 p.m.:

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Charlie Albright, piano
Abrams, Kentucky Royal Fanfare
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F
Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances

June 26 performance at 8:30 p.m.:

Robert Franz, conductor
Changlu Wu, pipa
Liu/Mao, Dance of the Yao People
Smetana, The Moldau
Griffes, The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, Opus 8
Han, Qilian Rhapsody for Pipa and Orchestra
Debussy, La Mer

June 27 performance at 8:30 p.m.:

Anu Tali, conductor
Silver medalist of the Ima Hogg Competition
Shostakovich, Selections from the Gadfly Suite
Concerto TBA (Ima Hogg silver medalist)
Elgar, Enigma Variations

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets needed for open seating on the hill.

Produced by Houston Symphony

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth in Houston with traditional Gulf Coast music.

2015 Lineup
Jewel Brown
Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase
The Peterson Brothers

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets needed for open seating on the hill.

Produced by Houston Institute for Culture

Houston Symphony's Summer Neighborhood Concerts

June 23 at 11 a.m.

The Houston Symphony returns to Miller to perform the music you love. This concert features inspiring and engaging music that is fun for the whole family.

No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Produced by Houston Symphony

Journey Through China V

June 29 at 11 a.m.

Explore China's many rich cultures, traditions and regions through exciting, evocative and dazzling Chinese dances. New, innovative dances are presented each year, accompanied by lavish costumes and mesmerizing music from each region.

Don't miss this fun -- and educational -- program from Dance of Asian America and Mitsi Dancing School.

No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Produced by Dance of Asian America

Houston Young Artist's Concert

June 30-July 1 at 11 a.m.

Hear the artists of tomorrow. Talented musical prodigies -- ages 4-18 -- shine in two spectacular showcases.

Watch on YouTube

You have probably heard of child prodigies before, but have you ever seen one? The Houston Young Artist's Concert (HYAC) is an organization unique to Houston and the U. S. In the 27 years of its experience, HYAC has helped cultivate the next generation of world-class musicians.

No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Produced by Houston Young Artist's Concert


About Miller Outdoor Theatre:

Where is everyone going?

Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston's most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances. That's over 90 years of memories!

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston's best entertainment value.

What to expect at Miller Outdoor Theatre?

Leave the neckties and high heels at home. Expect quality entertainment from around the world without the daunting dress code of a traditional theater. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers audiences a relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy one another's company as well as a great performance.

The price is right. All performances are always free!

To the Right, or to the Left on the hill?

Take a family vote on where you'd like to sit to enjoy the performance. Tickets are not necessary for hillside seating. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please note that lawn chairs must be placed on the left side of the hill. Sit on the right side of the hill if you prefer to sit on a blanket.

How do you get a seat in the covered seating area for evening performances?

Approximately 1,700 new seats were installed under the canopy in 2009. Admission is free for all performances. All evening shows (except movies) require tickets for admission for seats under the canopy. For those performances, assigned seat tickets are available, on a first-come basis and while supplies last, on the day of performance only between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the box office behind the theatre. A maximum of four tickets per person over age 16 is allowed. Any remaining tickets are released one hour before curtain. TICKETS MAY NOT BE RESERVED BY PHONE.

Can I lose my seat even though I had a ticket?

All unclaimed seats are released 5 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. We encourage all patrons to be in their seats 15 minutes before show time to insure that their seat will not be released. Again, there is NO charge for tickets.


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