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2014-15 for Fort Worth Symphony

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 season includes favorites and surprises, with two composers-in-residence and an artist-in-residence.

published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Photo: Erik Rynearson
Composer Adam Schoenberg

Fort Worth — The Fort Worth Symphony announced an intriguing season for 2014/2015 that underlines both what they do well and the unique elements that set them apart. This is the 15th anniversary of the appointment of Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the programming hangs on that particular hook.

On the what-they-do-well side, Harth-Bedoya has picked one favorite piece to conduct on each of the subscription concerts. There were no surprises among them: all are the big sweeping orchestral masterpieces that the Maestro loves to perform. You can rest assured that he had some troubles limiting himself. Another list is comprised of pieces that have not been, or rarely, performed in 15 years of his tenure. But perhaps the most eagerly anticipated list is the one that features compositions by both new and former composers-in-residence.

In fact, the whole concept of a composer–in-residence is a feather in the FWSO’s hat and is not duplicated by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The standout is Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, who is a local favorite as well as an internationally known composer.  In an era where composers struggle for exposure, let alone the concept of actually being paid, Higdon has commissions and performances stretching far into the future. She will be joined by London-born Anna Clyne, whose piece Rewind opens the season, Sept. 12–14, 2104. The other composer invited to join the orchestra is Adam Schoenberg, winner of ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

One area where both the Fort Worth and Dallas symphonies will launch a new endeavor is the naming of an artist-in-residence. Here, the FWSO scored a stunning coup by snagging the recent Cliburn Gold Medal Winner Vadym Kholodenko. In two Bass Hall appearances over a three-year period, he will play all of Prokofiev’s piano concerti and chamber music concerts at the new Renzo Piano Pavilion in the Kimbell Art Museum. Another Cliburn winner, pianist Barry Douglas, who won bronze in 1985, will play the standard piece of that competition, no matter what then year, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on May 15-17, 2015. That program will also feature composer-in-residence Adam Schoenberg’s American Symphony.

Composer Anna Clyne

Some appealing pieces popped out during a perusal of the programs. The Dallas Opera’s production of Korngold’s opulently gorgeous opera, Die Tote Stadt, (which opens March 21) should create a great deal of interest in hearing Stefan Jackiw play his equally stunning Violin Concerto one year later (March 6-8, 2015). Speaking of beautiful violin concerti, Simone Porter will play Barber’s entry into that category Nov. 14-16, 2014.

In the unusual soloist category, Higdon’s Grammy-winning Percussion Concerto appears Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2015. Rodrigo’s ever-popular Guitar Concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez, gets an outing at the hands of Pablo Sáinz Villegas on Feb. 13-15, 2015.

The FWSO always opens with a festival. This year, the concerts pair up Dvořák with his mentor, Brahms. While both composers are relatively heavily represented in the rest of the season, the festival offers some interesting juxtapositions.  The brilliant young violinist Augustin Hadelich will play the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major as well as Dvořák’s effort, his Violin Concerto in A Minor.

Mezzo-soprano Zandra McMaster makes her FWSO debut with Dvořák’s Biblical Songs. These songs, based on selections from the Book of Psalms, take their texts from Czech-language Bible of Kralice. Originally for voice and piano, but you can assume that the bows will play them in the standard orchestrations by the composer, who did Nos. 1-5, and the conductor Vilém Zemánek, who completed the cycle with Nos. 6-10. The songs, in this version, opened the first season of the Czech Philharmonic.

On the lighter side, there is much to enjoy —some new and some repeat performances. Pops conductor Ron Spigelman returns. Of course, the annual Holiday Concert, New Year’s Eve extravaganza and another shy at Handel’s Messiah are always on the schedule. The great grandchildren of the von Trapp family return with their wholesome songs and charming delivery.  The mellow saxophonist Kenny G shows up in February, and Celtic Magic kicks up their heels in March. Music from Hitchcock films will mystify in November. Bass Hall becomes the Big Top when Cirque de la Symphonie flies high in April.  The controversial superstar/showman/Pianist Lang Lang will appear at the gala on Feb. 28, 2015 playing Van Cliburn’s signature piece, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Single tickets will go on sale in August. For tickets to all FWSO concerts, contact the FWSO Ticket Office at 817-665-6000 or visit


The complete season follows:


American Airlines Symphonic Series (10 Concerts)


Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

September 12-14, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Michael Shih, Violin

Claudio Bohorquez, Cello

Katia Skanavi, Piano

The 2014-2015 Symphonic season opens with the fresh and forceful sounds of new FWSO Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne, followed by Beethoven’s sweeping Triple Concerto in C Major. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony closes the first symphonic program.


  • Anna Clyne - <<Rewind<<
  • Beethoven – Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Beethoven & Ravel

October 3-5, 2014

Carlos Kalmar, Guest Conductor

Simone Dinnerstein, Piano

With five solo albums topping the classical charts, American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her Fort Worth debut with Beethoven’s famous “Emperor” concerto. We feature an all-French second half, including Maestro Miguel’s favorite, Ravel’s rapturous La valse.


  • Britten – Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
  • Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat
  • Ravel – Valses Nobles at Sentimentales
  • Ravel – La Valse (Maestro’s Favorite)


Cliburn Gold

October 24-26, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Vadym Kholodenko, Piano

The FWSO proudly launches a new artistic partnership with 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko in a two-year commitment to performing all five Prokofiev piano concertos. The formidable Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor is paired in this program with Verdi’s majestic overture to Nabucco and Brahms’ joyful Symphony No. 2 in D Major.


  • Verdi – Overture to Nabucco
  • Prokofiev – Piano Concert No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 (Maestro’s Favorite)


American Ballads

November 14-16, 2014

Andrés Franco, Guest Conductor

Simone Porter, Violin

In an all-American first half, violin prodigy Simone Porter makes her Fort Worth debut with Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto, following Copland’s Shaker-melody filled ballet suite Appalachian Spring. Resisting peer pressure to compose a nationalistic paean to Stalin and Red Russia, Shostakovich’s exuberant neo-classical Ninth symphony has become one of his most accessible and loved works.


  • Copland – Suite from Appalachian Spring
  • Barber – Violin Concerto, Op. 14
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 70 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Grammy-Winning Percussion 

January 9-11, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Colin Currie, Percussion

Pulitzer Prize winner and returning FWSO Composer-in-Residence Jennifer Higdon makes a welcome appearance in the symphonic line-up when percussionist Collin Currie performs her Grammy-winning Percussion Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s monumental Symphony No. 2 travels from turmoil to triumph, closing the concert with a blazing fanfare.


  • Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Higdon – Percussion Concerto
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Lalo & Schumann 

January 30-February 1, 2015

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, Cello

Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas makes his Fort Worth debut with Lalo’s rarely-performed Cello Concerto, followed by Schumann’s massive Symphony No. 2 with its stunning

slow movement and gestures to Beethoven’s influence.


  • Weber – Overture to Der Freischütz
    • Lalo – Cello Concerto in D Minor
    • Schumann – Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Love & Prokofiev

February 13-15, 2015

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar

From the escapades and flirtatious tunes of Die Fledermaus to the sweeping melodies of Rodrigo’s 1939 guitar concerto and Prokofiev’s ballet suite based on the tragic Shakespearean love story, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs the music of romance.



  • J. Strauss – Overture to Die Fledermaus
  • Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Prokofiev – Selections from Romeo & Juliet  (Maestro’s Favorite)


Korngold & Dvořák 

March 6-8, 2015

Eugene Tzigane, Conductor

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Best known for his Hollywood film scores, in later in life Erich Korngold turned to concert music such as the gorgeously melodic Violin Concerto. You’ll also hear Dvořák’s loving celebration of his Czech homeland and culture with his Symphony No. 7 in D Minor.


  • Ravel - Le tombeau de Couperin
  • Korngold – Violin Concerto  in D Major, Op. 35
  • Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Two Mighty Fifths

March 20-22, 2015

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Vadym Kholodenko, Piano

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko makes his second appearance of the season to perform Prokofiev’s boisterous final piano concerto. The FWSO opens the concert with Richard Strauss’ virtuosic tone poem, Don Juan, and closes with Beethoven’s awe-inspiring Fifth symphony, whose opening motif is now engrained in pop culture.


  • R. Strauss – Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 (Maestro’s Favorite)


Revueltas & Rachmaninoff 

May 15-17, 2015

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Barry Douglas, Piano

Energized by the 2008 elections, FWSO Composer-in-Residence Adam Schoenberg describes his American Symphony as an homage to our past and a forward look to a brighter future. His Copland-inspired work is followed by Rachmaninoff’s turbulent Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring legendary Irish pianist Barry Douglas. Described as a Mexican Rite of Spring, the ritualistic La noche de los mayas concludes the concert in a frenzy of percussion.


  • Adam Schoenberg – American Symphony
  • Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
  • Revueltas – La noche de los mayas (Maestro’s Favorite)


2014-2015 Star-Telegram Pops Series (7 Concerts)


Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure

September 5-7, 2014

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Andrés Franco, Conductor

It’s the music that brought to life the most action-packed films of the 20th century – Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan, and Star Wars! Launch your 2014-2015 Pops season with the music of five-time Academy Award winner and legendary film composer John Williams.


Megan Hilty – Luck Be A Lady 

October 10-12, 2014

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Stuart Chafetz, Conductor

“Megan Hilty sparkles . . . “    - The Cincinnati Enquirer

From her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked to starring roles in the NBC television hit Smash, the new “princess of Broadway” Megan Hilty pays tribute to Frank Sinatra. Don’t miss her knockout performances featuring hits like “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Moon River,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and more.



November 7-9, 2014

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Join the FWSO for a musical anthology of Hitchcock’s greatest thrills and chills! You’ll hear the spine-tingling scores created by Lyn Murray, Bernard Hermann and Dmitri Tiomkin for movies like To Catch A Thief, Vertigo, and North By Northwest – complete with scenes from each film played on Bass Hall’s movie screen. Suspense has never sounded so good! 


Home for the Holidays 

November 29-30, 2014

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale

Texas Boys Choir

Andrés Franco, Conductor

It’s a holly jolly Christmas with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Boys Choir and the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale! Enjoy your favorite holiday carols with an audience sing-along in the only place in Texas where snow flurries are guaranteed! Note: There is no Friday night show due to the Parade of Lights. Friday Pops subscribers will receive tickets to the Saturday matinee performance.


Kenny G with the FWSO

January 23-25, 2015

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Ron Spigelman, Conductor

Superstar Kenny G joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for three unforgettable performances! Relax to the mellow sounds of Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and highest-selling instrumental musician of our time, as he performs hits like "Havana," "Forever in Love," "Heart and Soul," "Silhouette" and "My Heart Will Go On.”


Celtic Magic

March 13-15, 2015

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Cathie Ryan and Band

Jeff Tyzik, Conductor

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the emerald isle with heart-felt ballads, high-energy jigs and more from international recording artist and former lead singer of Cherish the Ladies Cathie Ryan and her band, with guest conductor Jeff Tyzik and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.



Cirque de la Symphonie 

April 10-12,2015

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Ron Spigelman, Conductor

"Cirque de la Symphonie dazzles and defies death"                           - The San Francisco Examiner

Back by popular request – Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Bass Performance Hall in the final concert of the 2014-2015 FWSO Pops season. Watch in delight as aerialists, acrobats, dancers, jugglers, contortionists and more perform amazing feats to classical masterpieces.



2014-2015 Great Performances Festival

Brahms & Dvořák:Two Old Friends

“Dvorak is, for me, along with Brahms, the most outstanding musician . . .”

- Hans von Bülow

Their friendship began when Brahms, already a renowned composer, used his influence to secure for Dvořák a composition prize and the opportunity for publication. This early recognition blossomed into welcome success and in following years Brahms became both friend and mentor to the Czech composer.

Join FWSO Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the FWSO as we explore the works of two great composers and friendly colleagues – Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvořák.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Augustin Hadelich, Violin

7:30 PM


  • Dvořák – Othello Overture, Op. 93
  • Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  • Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From The New World” (MHB favorite)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Zandra McMaster, Mezzo-Soprano

7:30 PM


  • Brahms – Academic FESTIVAL Overture, Op. 80 (MHB favorite)
  • Dvořák – Biblical Songs, Op. 99
  • Brahms – Selections from Hungarian Dances
  • Dvořák – Selections from Slavonic Dances


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Augustin Hadelich, Violin

2:00 PM


  • Brahms – Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Dvořák – Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (MHB favorite)


2014-2015 FWSO Special Events


Sara Evans

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

7:30 PM

Considered heir apparent to legendary singers Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, Sara Evans brings country back to Bass Performance Hall in a performance of her greatest hits, like “Suds in a Bucket,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”



Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale

David Thye, Conductor

7:30 PM

Recognized as Handel’s masterpiece from its first performance in 1742, don’t miss Fort Worth’s finest Messiah performed by the FWSO and the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale. Now a holiday classic, the thrilling choruses alternating with soaring solos and triumphant orchestration make Handel’s Messiah a joyful and powerful beginning to your winter celebration!


Von Trapp Family Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

7:30 PM 

Made famous by the Academy-Award winning 1965 film The Sound of Music, the von Trapp Family Singers – great-grandchildren of Maria and the Captain – return to Fort Worth with a Christmas concert for the entire family. Enjoy this one-night-only performance of seasonal American and Austrian songs and let the sound of music fill your holiday!


Swingin’ New Year’s Eve 

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Mike Berkowitz, Conductor & Drums

Tony Babino, Vocalist

Lisanne Lyons, Vocalist

7:30 PM

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing! Let the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Mike Berkowitz fill your New Year’s Eve with the hottest standards of the swing era.  Hits like “Sing Sing Sing,” and Count Basie’s “One O-Clock Jump” along with your favorite Sinatra, Glen Miller and Henry Mancini tunes will have you dancing in the aisles all night long!


Gala: Lang Lang 

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Lang Lang, Piano

7:00 PM

He discovered a love for the piano at the age of 2 after watching “The Cat Concerto” – a Tom & Jerry cartoon – and later became one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Described by critics as a soloist with “jaw-dropping virtuosity” and “exhilarating flair and brilliance,” international rock-star pianist Lang Lang joins the FWSO’s Gala concert for a thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Thanks For Reading

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