Piecing Together Discovery Green's Exciting Seasons

February 21, 2014
by Susanne Theis
Discovery Green’s 16th programming season, scheduled between March 1 and June 30, is chock-full with 252 events. Have you ever wondered how it all comes together?

It all starts with Discovery Green's mission to create a beautiful urban park filled with activities and events for you, for your health, your family, your sense of fun, your love of the arts and your desire for magical memories. Over the years, we’ve developed the strong fitness classes, fun films, great concerts and family events that you’ve come to love. 

We decide what happens each season by consulting with you. We look at what events you attend and what you comment on, retweet and post about. At least twice a year, we survey you on site and online, and ask you questions frequently on social media. We always keep our ears and eyes open for events that we think are perfect for you and for Discovery Green.

Some of the projects we dream about may take a while to actualize, but we don't give up. For example, this spring we joined forces with Da Camera to bring Jason Moran – Houston jazz musician, MacArthur Genius and artistic advisor for the Kennedy Center – here for a free performance of the Fats Waller Dance Party on May 16. We’ve wanted to bring this here since it was first performed. Historic, yet modern, not to mention big in scale, it’s a performance that you participate in rather than just watch, which makes it just right for an outdoor performance on Discovery Green’s Anheuser-Busch stage. Jason describes The Fats Waller Dance Party as “simply that, a party. It is about movement and music. Fats Waller’s music got people moving back in the ‘30s. He was a supreme entertainer, pianist and composer. His music is a perfect vehicle for bringing people together. Working with my partner, Meshell Ndegeocello, makes this a very special examination of an American icon.” On stage with Jason that night will be students from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, his alma mater and our soon-to-be neighbor! What a great gift to make this rare appearance of a great musician in his hometown a free performance for the public.

We also present recurring events that we refresh each season. The Houston Public Media Silent Film Concerts will celebrate 100 years of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp with music, film and fun on April 18. Later this season, we’ll make an exciting announcement with our partners about an opportunity for Houston musicians, and to help us, we’ve invited Graham Reynolds to perform music from two of his recent film scores for Before Midnight and Bernie. Graham has performed at silent film concerts many times in the past, and this is a wonderful time to celebrate his success as writing the scores to these popular new films. After Graham performs some of the music he has written for the movies, we will screen – not silently – the great Texas film Bernie starring Jack Black. 

We wanted to give you a little glimpse into how the puzzle of our season is put together, but it is hard to write about this exciting season without mentioning Architects of Air, FUNomenal Family Festival, Thursday Concerts presented by UHD, Toddler Tuesdays and so many other favorites. Please check out the event calendar, and come enjoy these great events.  As always, we want to hear from you, so find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences and feedback.