Fort Worth Symphony announces centennial 2012-13 season

Posted on: March 2, 2012

In Thursday’s (3/2) Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), Olin Chism writes, “With its 100th birthday approaching, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday announced a celebratory season that honors its past while building on recent successes. Until recently, the orchestra thought its very first performance was in 1925. But new research has shown that it existed earlier, with a first performance in May 1912. The anniversary will be noted on the final program of the 2012-13 season, with the world premiere of Jimmy Lopez’s Peru Negro, which was commissioned by music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and will be dedicated to ‘the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial Season.’ … Also announced was the theme of the orchestra’s 12th annual August festival: ‘American Festival, Part 2.’ Following on the popular and artistic success of last August’s festival, this one will again feature music of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, but will add other Americans such as Samuel Barber, Philip Glass and Duke Ellington. … There will be no composer-in-residence next season, but music by all six of those who have held the position will be performed: John B. Hedges, Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, Peter Boyer, Gabriela Frank and Behzad Ranjbaran.”

Posted March 2, 2012