Robert Spano to become Fort Worth Symphony’s music director in 2022

Posted on: February 10, 2021

Robert Spano leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall, March 16, 2019. Photo by Daniel Carde

“The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has announced the well-known American conductor Robert Spano as its next music director,” writes Tim Diovanni in Tuesday’s (2/9) Dallas Morning News. Spano will begin a three-year term as music director in August 2022. “In the meantime, starting in April, he’ll be music director-designate. He will succeed Miguel Harth-Bedoya, whose 20-year leadership turned a formerly provincial orchestra into an accomplished and versatile ensemble that made several recordings and played Carnegie Hall. Spano, 59, is best known for his 20 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a position he’s leaving in June. Since 2011 he has also been music director of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. Before Atlanta, he quickly rose to national attention as music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York, where his adventurous programming drew critical acclaim…. The Fort Worth Symphony hired Spano as its principal guest conductor in 2019. He made his conducting debut with the orchestra leading performances of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and Strauss’s Four Last Songs. ‘I just fell in love with the orchestra,’ Spano said in a phone interview…. ‘It’s a great new adventure.”