Fort Worth Symphony, continuing to adapt as season evolves during pandemic

Posted on: October 8, 2020

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium, where it moved its fall concerts shortly before the start of the season. Photo by Karen Almond

“During the coronavirus pandemic, improvisation is more than a spontaneous musical activity. It is a necessity,” writes Kimberly Richard on Monday (10/5) at Dallas-Fort Worth TV station NBC 5 (TX). “The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra moved its symphonic series from Bass Hall to Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium after Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) announced Bass Hall would remain closed for the remainder of 2020. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra learned of [the] decision … only two weeks before the orchestra’s symphonic series was scheduled to begin…. By taking quick action, the orchestra began its symphonic series as scheduled on Sept. 18 and it is looking forward to its next concert series featuring Beethoven Symphony No. 6., beginning Oct. 16…. During the summer, the orchestra established protocols for its musicians and audiences…. Musicians and staff are also tested for the virus. ‘We’ve actually put in place our own COVID drive-thru testing line, which is something I’m especially proud of,’ … Cerny said…. The orchestra is adapting to its temporary home. During the summer, an extension was added to the stage…. Cerny is pleased…. ‘The acoustics are actually surprisingly good at the back of even the upper level,’ … Cerny said.”