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Black, Latin American Composers to Be Showcased at Fort Worth Symphony's Fourth of July Concert

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has announced part of the program for its annual Fourth of July concert — one meant to celebrate both America's resilience and diversity....Leading Black and Latin American composers like Day, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jimmy Lopez will be featured on the program; and singing alongside the orchestra will be Texas-raised Metropolitan Opera star soprano Latonia Moore and opera bass (and former All-American college football player) Morris Robinson.

Major News

Robert Spano Appointed Music Director Designate

“I am thrilled to be joining the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and looking forward to getting better acquainted with the vibrant culture of this remarkable city. Every facet of the orchestra is clearly committed to its success—the management team, the supporters, the audience, and certainly the marvelous musicians who make up the orchestra itself. I look forward with tremendous excitement to our concerts next season, and to creating an inspirational 2022–23 season, which will be our first complete season together.” - Robert Spano, Music Director Designate

Full Release: Robert Spano Appointed Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


America Strong 2021

As an ode to the country’s perseverance throughout the past year, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra today announced it will host a special, socially distanced America Strong concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on July 4, 2021. The one-night-only performance will feature more than 60 minutes of music from the highly regarded FWSO and world-renowned opera singers, all conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

Full Release: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate 245 Years of America in Patriotic Fourth of July Concert​

Press Conference

Music Director Designate & 21–22 Season Announcement

Watch the press conference from February 9, 2021 where President and CEO Keith Cerny, Ph.D. made the thrilling announcements that Robert Spano has been appointed as the Music Director Designate and the 2021–2022 season lineup. 

FWSO Music Director & 21–22 Season Announcement Press Conference from Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on Vimeo.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

In The News

Fort Worth Symphony honors America with special Fourth of July concert

CultureMap Fort Worth

April 13, 2021

Art and the City

Classical music groups have weathered a difficult year. So how will they respond?

Dallas Morning News

March 30, 2021

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

The Hub

League of American Orchestras

February 10, 2021

Fort Worth Opera Celebrates Black Excellence

Fort Worth Weekly 

February 17, 2021

Fort Worth Symphony fills hottest job vacancy in town with new music director Robert Spano

CultureMap Fort Worth

February 9, 2021

The Fort Worth Symphony taps Robert Spano as its next music director

Dallas Morning News

February 9, 2021

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director

Fort Worth Magazine

February 9, 2021

Fort Worth Symphony names Spano as next Music Director

Fort Worth Business Press

February 9, 2021

Fort Worth has a new maestro! Conductor Robert Spano takes over orchestra this spring

February 9, 2021

Socially Distanced Sound

Amid the pandemic, some orchestras are experimenting with modified live concerts. With its smaller number of players, chamber music is ideally suited to the moment.


The Wall Street Journal

August 4, 2020

The Beat Goes On

With many in-person concerts on hold due to the pandemic, orchestras, pops presenters, and guest artists are adopting fresh approaches to pops by heading online, offering more intimate events, and following health protocols to keep the music going.

Read More: Symphony Magazine

Best of 2020: Critic's Choice Performing Arts Organization

Fort Worth’s performing arts groups deserve gold medals all around for their laudable work during challenging times. 

Fort Worth Weekly

September 23, 2020

Behind the Scenes with the Symphony in the Time of COVID

To say things are different for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) this year would be quite the understatement. Certainly, there are musicians in masks, six-foot spacing between chairs, and a large transparent barrier between the wind instruments and the strings.

Fort Worth Magazine

October 15, 2020

Fort Worth Strong

“This is symbolically important for the orchestra and staff,” President and CEO Keith Cerny said. “It has been three months since the musicians have performed. This is a very inspiring moment because we love bringing music to the community.”

Fort Worth Weekly

July 2, 2020 

A Sudden Venue Change for the FWSO

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was notified by the company that manages Bass Hall that performances cannot happen this season at the iconic angel-clad building.

Performing Arts Fort Worth will extend the closure of Bass Performance Hall through at least the end of 2020.

KERA, Art & Seek

September 9, 2020

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Moves Fall Symphonic Series to Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium

During the coronavirus pandemic, improvisation is more than spontaneous musical activity. It is a necessity. 


October 5, 2020

Q&A: Conductor Nicole Paiement Talks About COVID-19's Impact on Live Performances

Between show cancelations, travel restrictions, and venues remaining  closed, COVID-19 has been especially unkind to the arts. But some groups, like the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, have found a way to play again, slowly ramping up performances at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium.

Fort Worth Magazine

November 11, 2020

Fort Worth Symphony Symphonic Series will feature guest conductor Cox

The FWSO marks its second Symphonic Series outing at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium this weekend in a performance with guest conductor Roderick Cox.

Fort Worth Business Press

October 16, 2020

Conductor Roderick Cox wants to help fix classical music’s diversity problem

Cox makes his debut with the Fort Worth and Dallas symphony orchestras this month.

Dallas Morning News

October 15, 2020

The Fort Worth Symphony Opens Its Season This Weekend After Hurdling Several Challenges

The Fort Worth Symphony is kicked out of Bass Hall just before launching its new season. The FWSO will open its fall symphonic series at Will Rogers Auditorium this weekend.

Dallas Morning News

September 16, 2020

Swingy sister act brings fiddle fire to Asleep at the Wheel's Fort Worth Symphony show

For Texas fiddler and harmony vocalist Hulda Quebe, one-third of the acclaimed Western Swing trio The Quebe Sisters, getting a gig during a pandemic provides for a big dose of much-needed normalcy.

CultureMap Fort Worth

September 7, 2020

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrates Fourth of July with ‘America Strong’ concert

The America Strong concert is going to feature guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn and Texas Ballet Theater and a special appearance by Broadway star and Fort Worth native, Major Attaway.


June 30, 2020

Fort Worth Symphony Records “America Strong” Concert By Deborah Mashburn

Our concert was a great success, and it was thrilling to be able to make music again. Many people told me they were moved to tears while watching our concert on television. My hope is that management for other orchestras will work as diligently and creatively as ours to bring back live music to the concert hall, arena, church, school, or other venues this fall. - Deborah Mashburn

Percussive Arts Society
July 15, 2020

The Business of Music: Cerny takes lead as president, CEO of Symphony

Fort Worth Symphony President and CEO Keith Cerny brings wide experience to the new job

Fort Worth Business Press

November 13, 2019

A stunning Mahler Third Symphony from an augmented Fort Worth Symphony

Music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya led a dramatic, flawlessly timed performance, and the orchestra played gloriously.

Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2019

The final bow: Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s lasting legacy at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

“My biggest joy is having created a workplace that is not a place for work,” Harth-Bedoya says. “[It’s about] making the Fort Worth Symphony a desirable place for every musician to come, rehearse and play every single day. The motivation and inspiration cannot be bought.”

Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2020

Harth-Bedoya Stepping Down but Staying Local

Miguel Harth‐Bedoya arrived in Fort Worth 20 years ago, taking over as music director role from John Giordano, who had been in that role for 28 years. He’s stepping down Aug. 1, becoming conductor laureate, which he says is more of an honorary title.

Fort Worth Business Press

July 12, 2020

The Grand Finale

Miguel Harth-Bedoya may be leaving his position as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, but he’s not leaving Fort Worth. Or the symphony. At least, not really.

Fort Worth Magazine

November 4, 2019

WFAA Reports

Hundreds of jobs available in North Texas as arts and entertainment scene recovers

WFAA included President and CEO Keith Cerny in this story on job creation in the metroplex for arts organizations. Read the article: WFAA Article

KRLD's CEO Spotlight - Keith Cerny, Ph.D.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra prepares for a new season

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is moving ahead with what looks like an exciting season. President Dr. Keith Cerny talks to Good Day about all the planning that has gone in to making it work with safety measures in place. 

NBC DFW Presents

Community Conversations: Diversity in the Classical Music Industry

FOX 4 News Reports

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra ready to welcome live audience with COVID-19 safety in mind

The opening of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Series is almost upon us. It's been a whirlwind year for performers with a recent twist that many didn't see coming.

Press Releases

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