Traffic Jam: UH Mitchell Center Presents ‘Horn Concerto’During Discovery Green Opening April 13

They're sounds that we hear every day, but on April 13 Houstonians will develop a new appreciation for the honks and beeps of car horns.

During the opening of Discovery Green, the city's new downtown park, an orchestra of automobiles from Houston's ArtCar Museum will perform composer Stephen Montague's "Horn Concerto." Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH, this performance will begin at approximately noon.

Guest conductors The Art Guys will direct members of UH's AURA, the Moores School of Music's Contemporary Ensemble, as they sit behind the wheels of Art Cars ready to honk on cue.

The "Horn Concerto" was one of the highlights of the Mitchell Center's 2006 season of events when the piece was performed under the direction of composer Montague. It has been performed in many public spaces in the United States and Europe, starred numerous iconic figures including politicians, actors and sports figures, and has been broadcast on national media.

"This piece will be a perfect addition to the opening festivities at Discovery Green," said Karen Farber, director of the Mitchell Center. "The ‘Horn Concerto' is pure fun, and park-goers will be in for a unique performance at a fantastic new park."

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual and literary arts. From its base at the University of Houston, the center offers public events, residencies and curriculum that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue and present new ways of experiencing the arts in contemporary life. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five units at the University of Houston: The School of Art; Creative Writing Program, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance; and Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. For more information about the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, visit

WHAT: "Horn Concerto"
WHEN: Noon (approximate start time), April 13
WHERE: Discovery Green - across Avenida de las Americas
from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel.
WHO: UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts; AURA, the Moores School of Music's Contemporary Ensemble; the Art Guys; ArtCar Museum