FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2011-2012 CONCERT SEASON
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 concert season includes symphonic and pops music for every taste, as well as packages for every budget! Highlights of the season:
· The annual Great Performances Festival gets an all-American spin, with beloved music by Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin. Van Cliburn will join the FWSO as the narrator in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Programming also includes Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with FWSO principal keyboardist Shields-Collins Bray.
· Throughout the year, we’ll present three pieces by Composer-in-Residence John B Hedges, including the world premiere of Fastball, as well as Slapdance and a work written for our principal clarinetist, Ana Victoria Luperi.
Country superstar LeAnn Rimes joins the FWSO in a special one-night-only concert.
The Canadian Tenors, who performed at a sold-out holiday concert last year, return for a full weekend on our Pops Series.
· And Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at our glittering annual gala.
The 2011-12 season opens August 26-28 with the Great Performances Festival: The Pride of America. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the orchestra in three different concerts of music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, composers who helped define American music in the 20th century. This is beloved music that resides at the intersection of classical and popular forms, and our selections explore a range of genres, including symphonic and sacred music, as well as jazz, opera, songs and spirituals. Van Cliburn—known around the world as an ambassador of American art and goodwill—will join the orchestra as the narrator in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Other highlights include Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and excerpts from West Side Story and On the Town; and Copland’s Old American Songs with tenor Jonathan Beyer. Three-concert festival passes are available now and range from $36 to $144. Single concert tickets to the festival go on sale in early August.
The American Airlines Symphonic Series opens September 16-18 with Augustin Hadelich—who last performed with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2008—in performances of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra. Blockbuster works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Brahms, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and more complete the season. Guest soloists include violin prodigy Will Hagen; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; and pianists Arnaldo Cohen, Markus Groh, Alexander Ullman and Haochen Zhang, a 2009 Cliburn gold medalist. The FWSO continues to showcase its own artists, with two dazzling young principals — Mark Houghton, horn, and Ana Victoria Luperi, clarinet — appearing as featured soloists this season. American Airlines Symphonic Series subscriptions range from $75 to $540.
Along with the Canadian Tenors, other highlights of the Star-Telegram Pops Series include Bugs Bunny at the Symphony; Wicked Divas, a concert of diva showstoppers from Broadway highlighted by selections from Wicked; Live and Let Die, a tribute to the timeless music of Paul McCartney; and Home for the Holidays. Star-Telegram Pops Series subscriptions range from $98 to $462.
This season’s Blockbuster Specials include an appearance by LeAnn Rimes and a swingin’ New Year’s Eve with standards by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and more. The holiday season brings our annual Messiah performance as well as Christmas with the Von Trapp Family Singers, a concert for all ages featuring the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp. Subscribers receive first priority; these concerts are available only to subscribers until early September.
The FWSO’s 2011-12 season concerts are made possible in part by the generous support of Season Sponsors American Airlines, Star-Telegram, the Renaissance Worthington Hotel and North Texas Audi Dealers.
For tickets to all FWSO concerts, contact the FWSO Ticket Office at 817-665-6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 817-665-6000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.fwsymphony.org.
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