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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra hosted a special July 4th America Strong concert at the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. This performance included guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn, and Texas Ballet Theater, with a special appearance by Broadway star baritone and Fort Worth favorite Major Attaway. The concert was broadcast by WFAA on Channel 8 at 9:00 PM on July 4, 2020. The concert reached over 145, 000 households beating out all other programs in the 9pm slot on Saturday evening this year!

The Conductor

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Esteemed Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the FWSO, Vocalist Major Attaway, and guest artists from The Cliburn, Fort Worth Opera, and the Texas Ballet Theater in America Strong.

Major Attaway

Broadway Sensation and Fort Worth phenomenon, Major Attaway, will be the featured singer for America Strong.

The Cliburn

The 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finalist Fei-Fei Dong returns to Fort Worth to perform a Chopin waltz on behalf of The Cliburn.

Fort Worth Opera

Fort Worth Opera Lesley Resident Artist Megan Koch, Soprano will perform Puccini’s famous “O mio babbino caro" as one of the FWSO's guest artists.

Texas Ballet Theater

Texas Ballet Theater dancers David Schrenk and Andre Silva will join the FWSO in a performance of "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin.

The Host

Marc Istook

Fort Worth-native and Good Morning Texas host, Marc Istook, is the inimitable host for this Independence Day celebration of the United States of America. 

America Strong Concert Underwriters

$50,000 +

Mercedes T. Bass in Honor of the FWSO Musicians



Mark Collins, M.D.     Jennifer J. Freeman, M.D.    Stephen Rush, M.D.

Mohammad Siadati, M.D.    David C. Smith, M.D.     William Witham, M.D.


Qurumbli Foundation


$5,000 - $9,999

Dana and David Porter in Honor of the FWSO Staff

Jean and John Roach, Amy and Tull Bailey, and Lori and Craig Davis

Marianne Auld and Jimmy Coury


$2,500 - $4,999

Kal and Karen Silverberg

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Giordano



Jeff and Judy Schmeltekopf



Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Jameson