Fort Worth Symphony’s 2017-18 season: film screenings, living composers, SHIFT Festival

Posted on: August 4, 2017

“The Fort Worth Symphony’s new season offers some big names (such as violinist Itzhak Perlman), some concerts that were lost to [last season’s] strike (including a performance by trumpeter Chris Botti), some tried-and-true programming choices (four concerts featuring guest pianists) and … film screenings (including ‘Amadeus’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’),” writes Punch Shaw in Wednesday’s (8/2) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas).

“The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra welcomes a new artistic partner for 2017-18, violinist Augustin Hadelich,” writes Punch Shaw in Wednesday’s (8/2) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas). In addition to performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in September’s season-opening concert, Hadelich will be featured in an April program “that also features dancers from Texas Ballet Theater and a performance of a new work by Jimmy Lopez, ‘Bel Canto: A Symphonic Canvas,’ which was co-commissioned by the FWSO…. That program is repeated April 10 at the 2018 SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C…. The orchestra … will accompany screenings of the holiday classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ … and excerpts from Walt Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Fantasia 2000.’… Visiting composer Mason Bates will be on hand for a performance of his ‘Anthology of Fantastic Zoology.’ ” Also planned in 2017-18 are Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, Michael Tilson-Thomas’s Agnegram, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Behzod Abduraimov, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with tenor Paul Appleby and FWSO Principal Horn Molly Norcross, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and Anna Clyne’s RIFT: A Symphonic Ballet. Among several film screenings will be Amadeus and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Posted August 4, 2017