Harth-Bedoya marks a decade with Fort Worth Symphony

Posted on: May 3, 2010

In Sunday’s (5/2) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Andrew Marton writes, “Miguel Harth-Bedoya strides purposefully onto the Bass Hall stage, baton in hand. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra music director is all white-tie elegance, his face lit by a broad smile of confident anticipation. … 2010 marks a decade since Harth-Bedoya first took the reins of the symphony as its maestro and musical visionary. And in those 10 years, his admirers say, Harth-Bedoya has left an indelible imprint on every aspect of the orchestra—its corps of musicians, its repertoire, where it plays and how many plaudits it has garnered from a growing circle of national music critics. … He supervised the increase in musicians from an estimated 40 full-time players to around 65 today. Inspired by his Latin American roots, Harth-Bedoya guided the orchestra to the forefront of symphonic groups playing little-known historic or contemporary music from Latin America. The FWSO has presented numerous music festival ‘cycles’ celebrating the likes of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and, perhaps most audacious of all, Mahler. He became the first conductor to lead the ensemble to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. And in another first, Harth-Bedoya conducted the orchestra in its only major-label recording.”

Posted May 3, 2010