THE WOODLANDS, TX - The Houston Symphony will help honor philanthropist George Mitchell's contributions during a tribute 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

Mitchell, who died Friday at age 94, was a longtime supporter of Houston arts groups. He gave $5 million to the orchestra's endowment in 1992 to make the symphony an annual presence at the pavilion, named for his wife. The contribution helps support 10 performances each summer, including classical, pops and family concerts. The Mitchells also endowed the orchestra's principal trumpet chair and contributed to other fundraising projects.

A $20 million donation from Mitchell established the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which opened at the University of Houston in 2003. The center sponsors guest-artist residencies and programs that bridge the university's schools of music, art, theater and dance.

Either directly or through the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Mitchell had contributed to Houston Grand Opera since 1991. A recent donation enabled the company to perform Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème"" at the Pavilion in May, re-establishing a tradition that ran for several years after the Pavilion opened.

The Aug. 8 tribute will also include speakers who will describe Mitchell's influence on energy, education and the environment.


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