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FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 CENTENNIAL SEASON
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

March, 2012

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announces its 2012-2013 Centennial Season programming, with several special events and programming initiatives celebrating our 100th birthday. Subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 5, at 817-665-6000 and www.fwsymphony.org. Some highlights:

 

100th ANNIVERSARY

The orchestra recently rediscovered that the first performance of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was in May 1912, with C.D. Lusk conducting and one Brooks Morris as concertmaster (Morris would later play a crucial role as re-founder and music director). In fits and starts over the years, through interruptions caused by both World Wars, that ensemble evolved into today’s world-class Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Anniversary events include:

·         The City of Fort Worth’s proclamation of May 2012 as “Fort Worth Symphony Month.”

·         A short documentary film to be debuted at our August concerts.

·         A commemorative magazine to be published in the fall.

·         A world premiere piece dedicated to our Centennial by composer Jimmy López.

 

BIG MOMENTS

Several 2012-2013 programs recall FWSO history and/or artistic triumphs of recent decades.

·         The American Airlines Symphonic Series opens with Mahler Symphony No. 5, a monumental piece whose performance in the first Mahler festival in 2007 was greeted by critics as signaling a new level of virtuosity, polish and ambition for the orchestra.

·         The season closes with Carmina Burana, Orff’s exuberant and wildly popular piece for orchestra, soloists, chorus and children’s chorus. The FWSO last presented it at another milestone moment—the opening of Bass Performance Hall in 1998.

·         In 2013, the year of the 14th Van Cliburn Piano Competition, we’ll honor our decades-long collaboration with the Cliburn by presenting the remarkable 2009 gold medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

·         And we celebrate our own stars, past and present, in two special concerts: Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads Michael Shih and Swang Lin in violin showpieces at The Splendor of the Strads: A Gala Event in February 2013; and our New Year’s Eve concert will be led by former longtime Music Director John Giordano, making his first Bass Performance Hall appearance with the orchestra since his 28-year tenure ended in 2000.

 

COMPOSERS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Our birthday year is the ideal time to celebrate one of the unique things about the FWSO, the composers-in-residence program begun in 2006. All six featured so far — Kevin Puts, Behzad Ranjbaran, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Peter Boyer and John B Hedges — will return with compositions in the Centennial Season.

 

FRIDAY-NIGHT FORMAT CHANGE

Beginning with the 2012-2013 season, the Friday-night “Casual Chic” format is being discontinued. Friday Symphonic Series concerts will include the full program of music as well as an intermission. The start time will remain 7:30 p.m.

 

POPS AND ‘SPECIALS’ HIGHLIGHTS

Natalie Merchant will make her Fort Worth Symphony debut in three performances that will close the Star-Telegram Pops Series. Bernadette Peters, a big favorite of FWSO pops patrons, returns for a one-night-only appearance. And we’ll present Orbit: An HD Odyssey, a sequel to last season’s The Planets: An HD Odyssey, this September. Orbit is a documentary film with stunning NASA images of Earth accompanied by R. Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine.  

 

The FWSO’s 2012-13 concerts are made possible in part by the generous support of season sponsors American Airlines, Star-Telegram and Renaissance Worthington Hotel.

 

Complete programming list:

 

 

AMERICAN FESTIVAL, Part 2

7:30 p.m. August 24-26 at Bass Performance Hall

Festival passes $36-$144. Single tickets go on sale in August.

 

Building on the triumph of last season’s celebration of Gershwin, Bernstein and Copland, we take a broader and deeper look at great American compositions for orchestra. Some programs will include multimedia presentations.

 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Leon McCawley, Piano  

 

COPLAND                                            Selections from Appalachian Spring

BARBER                                                Overture to The School for Scandal

GEORGE WALKER                             Lyric for Strings

JOHN WILLIAMS                               Selection from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

BERNSTEIN                                         Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”) for Piano and Orchestra

 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Augustin Hadelich, Violin

 

HARRIS                                               When Johnny Comes Marching Home

BARBER                                              Violin Concerto

PHILIP GLASS                                   Symphony No. 3, third movement

GROFÉ                                                On the Trail from Grand Canyon Suite

ELLINGTON                                       Harlem

 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

José Feghali, Piano

 

IVES arr. SCHUMAN                      Variations on America

STILL                                                     Symphony No. 1, “AfroAmerican”

GERSHWIN                                        Piano Concerto in F Major

COPLAND                                          Three Dance Episodes from Rodeo

                                                                          

 

 

AMERICAN AIRLINES SYMPHONIC SERIES

Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
at Bass Performance Hall.

Subscriptions start at $75.

 

 

September 14-16, 2012

MAHLER’S FIFTH

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

JENNIFER HIGDON                          blue cathedral

MAHLER                                               Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor

 

The centennial season opens in grand style with Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony. This tour de force masses huge orchestral resources for a work that’s by turns turbulent and sublime. Higdon’s acclaimed blue cathedral is a colorful tone poem filled with celestial sounds.

 

 

October 5-7, 2012

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Carl St. Clair, Conductor

Horacio Gutierrez, Piano

 

PETER BOYER                                     Festivities

PROKOFIEV                                        Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major

MUSSORGSKY                                   Pictures at an Exhibition

 

His recording of Prokofiev’s piano concertos is “some of the most thrilling virtuosity on record,” says Gramophone magazine: The brilliant Horacio Gutierrez joins us to play the composer’s Third. Then comes Mussorgsky’s ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition, with Ravel’s colorful orchestration giving life to the sights and sounds of Kiev.

 

 

Oct. 26-28, 2012

BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Larry Rachleff, Conductor

Karen Gomyo, Violin

 

DVOŘÁK                                              Carnival Overture

BEETHOVEN                                       Violin Concerto in D Major  

BARTÓK                                               Concerto for Orchestra  

 

The luminous Karen Gomyo makes her Fort Worth Symphony debut in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, the composer’s best-loved work, is a virtuoso showcase for every section of the orchestra.

 

 

November 16-18, 2012

SCHEHERAZADE

Josep Caballé-Domenech, Conductor

Alban Gerhardt, Cello

 

JOHN B HEDGES                                Slapdance   

SCHUMANN                                       Cello Concerto in A Minor  

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV                        Scheherazade  

 

Alban Gerhardt, who last appeared with the FWSO at Carnegie Hall in 2008, brings to life Schumann’s lyrical work for cello and orchestra. Then we’ll enter the exotic, perfumed world of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, based on the tales in The Thousand and One Nights.

 

 

January 11-13, 2013

WAGNER & STRAUSS

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Brinton Averil Smith, Cello

 

BEHZAD RANJBARAN                     Mithra   

R. STRAUSS                                         Don Quixote  

WAGNER                                             Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg   

WAGNER                                             Prelude to Lohengrin   

WAGNER                                             Overture to Rienzi   

 

The former principal cellist of the FWSO returns for Don Quixote, which depicts episodes from the life of Cervantes’ knight-errant. Then, we celebrate Wagner’s 200th birthday with three overtures that offer a close look at this great opera composer’s powerful creations for orchestra. 

 

 

February 1-3, 2013

NOBU PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Nobuyuki Tsujii, Piano

 

BRAHMS                                              Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn  

TCHAIKOVSKY                                   Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor

SCHUBERT                                           Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” 

 

Nobuyuki Tsujii’s gold-medal win at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition inspired what Time magazine called “Nobu fever” on an international scale. Now he returns to Fort Worth to play one of the most beloved piano concertos of all. We’ll close with another powerhouse, Schubert’s “Great,” inspired by the lovely Austrian landscape.

 

 

February 22-24, 2013

MOZART & ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Stefan Asbury, Conductor

Jennifer Corning Lucio, Oboe

 

STRAVINSKY                                       Symphony in Three Movements  

MOZART                                              Oboe Concerto in C Major

ELGAR                                                   Variations on an Original Theme, “Enigma Variations”  

 

The sweet, haunting sound of the oboe gets the spotlight as our principal oboist plays Mozart. Enigma Variations, Elgar’s masterpiece, paints vivid musical portraits of the composer’s closest friends, with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it all.

 

 

March 15-17, 2013

SIBELIUS’ MAJESTIC SECOND

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor
Stefan Jackiw, Violin

 

GABRIELA FRANK                             Three Latin-American Dances  

BRUCH                                                  Scottish Fantasy

SIBELIUS                                              Symphony No. 2 in D Major  

 

“You wonder whether this was what it was like to hear a Perlman or a Stern in their early years,” writes The Washington Post of young violinist Stefan Jackiw, who’ll perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. The majesty of Sibelius’ most popular symphony provides a big finish.

 

 

April 5-7, 2013

RACH 3

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

 

KEVIN PUTS                                        Network   

RACHMANINOFF                             Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor  

SHOSTAKOVICH                                Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

 

Daniil Trifonov is the most recent winner of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky competition, the contest that launched Van Cliburn into stardom. He’ll take on the devilishly difficult Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. In the face of Stalin’s brutal artistic censorship, Shostakovich filled his Fifth Symphony with lyricism and Russian nationalism, but was he being subversive? You’ll enjoy the sweeping melodies either way.

 

 

May 17-19, 2013

CARMINA BURANA

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Cyndia Sieden, Soprano

Michael Maniaci, Countertenor

Philip Cutlip, Baritone

 

JIMMY LÓPEZ                                    Perú Negro (World Premiere*)

ORFF                                                     Carmina Burana

 

*Dedicated to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial Season.

 

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra closes its centennial season with a piece whose popularity extends well beyond the symphony stage. Everyone knows the theme “O Fortuna,” used in countless movie trailers and TV commercials, but the entire work is a delight, with its intense rhythmic excitement, its wacky instrumentation, and earthy themes about love and life—there’s even a drinking song! This will be a joyous occasion providing electrifying entertainment on a grand scale.

 

 

 

STAR-TELEGRAM POPS SERIES

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall

Subscriptions start at $98

 

 

September 7-9, 2012

THE 1950S: THE GOLDEN AGE OF BLACK & WHITE
Jack Everly, Conductor

 

Step back in time to the Fabulous Fifties, as we transport you to a broadcast studio during the Golden Age of Television. Conductor and arranger Jack Everly leads a nostalgic revue of TV theme songs (I Love Lucy), commercials, popular hits (Unchained Melody, Mambo Italiano), and even a nod to Elvis. 

 

 

October 12-14, 2012

MUSIC CITY HIT-MAKERS

Andrés Franco, Conductor

 

The Grammy-winning creators of today’s biggest country hits take the spotlight in an exciting songwriter’s showcase. Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, hit-makers for Nashville’s megastars, perform a parade of No. 1 songs, including Jesus, Take the Wheel (recorded by Carrie Underwood), Out Last Night (Kenny Chesney), It’s America (Rodney Atkins), Blessed (Martina McBride) and many more.

 

 

November 2-4, 2012

CIRQUE MUSICA

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

 

Cirque Musica blends the thrilling talents of the best circus performers with exhilarating symphonic music, including John Williams, the Beatles, and excerpts from Holst’s The Planets and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Soaring aerialists, acrobats and strongmen — veterans of Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. — will dazzle with elegance, grace and power.

 

 

November 24-25, 2012

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Ron Spigelman, Conductor

Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale

Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir

 

Our annual holiday pops, with favorite Christmas carols, a bell choir, a family sing-along, a cameo by Santa, and snow in Bass Hall. The four performances are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. (Note: There is no Friday performance, due to Fort Worth’s Parade of Lights. Friday Pops subscribers will receive Sunday-night tickets.) 

 

 

January 25-27, 2013

OZ WITH ORCHESTRA

Ron Spigelman, Conductor

 

A magical multimedia production featuring one of the most beloved films of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Experience the brilliantly restored film on the big screen, with Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings backed by lush, live orchestration. It’s a treat for all ages.

 

 

March 22-24, 2013

SPRINGTIME IN PARIS

Sarah Hicks, Conductor

 

Bass Performance Hall is transformed into the City of Lights in this concert celebrating our love affair with Paris. Innovative young pops conductor Sarah Hicks presents a salute to French music and performers, including singers Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker, composers Django Reinhardt and Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), singer-songwriters Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg, and more.

 

 

April 12-14, 2013

NATALIE MERCHANT

with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Andrés Franco, Conductor

 

Known for her warm and distinctive vocals in solo hits and as the lead singer for pop group 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant makes her Fort Worth Symphony debut in a concert of old favorites and newer songs from her highly acclaimed symphonic album, Leave Your Sleep.

 

 

SUBSCRIBER SPECIALS

All concerts at Bass Performance Hall.

Times and prices vary. Available now to subscribers only; on sale to the general public in August.

 

 

September 22, 2012

ORBIT: AN HD ODYSSEYaudio preview audio preview


Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Duncan Copp, Producer/Director

 

Don’t miss this second film in the HD Odyssey series, a sequel to last season’s popular The Planets: An HD Odyssey. Orbit points the lens at our own lovely planet, with breathtaking high-definition photos of Earth taken from space, accompanied by Richard Strauss’ stirring Also Sprach Zarathustra and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

 

 

December 3, 2012

MESSIAH

David Thye, Conductor

Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale

 

Rejoice greatly at the return of this Fort Worth holiday tradition, the area’s finest Messiah collaboration. Thrill to exultant choruses, soaring trumpets and pounding timpani as the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale and guest soloists join the orchestra for Handel’s epic masterpiece. 

 

 

December 31, 2012

NEW YEAR’S EVE: A NIGHT IN VIENNA

John Giordano, Conductor

Ava Pine, Soprano

 

It’s an elegant celebration of New Year’s Eve and of the Fort Worth Symphony’s history as we welcome back John Giordano, the FWSO’s music director from 1972 to 2000. He leads a night of Strauss waltzes and other Viennese classics, as well as favorite soprano arias featuring the incandescent Ava Pine, a Fort Worth audience favorite.  

 

 

January 5, 2013

BERNADETTE PETERS

with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Marvin Laird, Conductor

 

One of Broadway’s brightest stars, Bernadette Peters returns to the Fort Worth Symphony stage for one night only to dazzle audiences with songs from her incredible career on stage and screen.

 

 

February 9, 2013

THE SPLENDOR OF THE STRADS: A GALA EVENT

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Michael Shih, Violin

Swang Lin, Violin

 

SARASATE                                           Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, Op. 25   

SARASATE                                           Zigeunerweisen, “Gypsy Airs,” Op. 20   

J.S. BACH                                             Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043  

BEETHOVEN                                       Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67  

 

In our 100th anniversary season, the Fort Worth Symphony honors our own artists and the generosity of our community in a glittering night highlighting the two priceless Stradivari violins on loan to the orchestra from local donors. The program is a violin showcase, with Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and two stunners by Sarasate. We’ll end the celebration with Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony.



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