Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

A picture of the Fort Worth Symphony OrchestraThe FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has transcended the dream held by its founders in 1912 when they assembled a group of musicians to create what is now one of the community’s greatest assets. Since its beginnings, the orchestra has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts.

Today, the FWSO is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 250,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Over the last eleven seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the FWSO into an ensemble that is recognized and admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement.

As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the orchestra performs a broad range of symphonic and pops concerts. The FWSO is admired nationally for the strength and uniqueness of its collaborations with other organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,   the Children's Education Program of Bass Performance Hall, and various local professional choruses. The orchestra’s annual summer music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful summer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attracting an annual audience of nearly 45,000.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is a national leader in music. Adventures in Music, the orchestra’s education and outreach program, inspires, educates and entertains more than 65,000 children through more than 100 engaging programs each year in Fort Worth and across the state of Texas. The FWSO is also the only orchestra in Texas to participate in Carnegie Hall's award-winning Communities LinkUP! program, a comprehensive music-literacy program serving all  7,000 Fort Worth fourth-graders.

Recently released CDs include Sentimiento Latino (Decca) with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flores; a live recording of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5; a bilingual version (Spanish and English) of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf featuring actor Michael York; The Composers Voice, Volume I featuring the music of Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts; and a live concert with Texas’ own Asleep At The Wheel recorded at Bass Performance Hall.

The FWSO and all orchestra activities are governed by a volunteer board of directors and a 35-member executive committee. Additional volunteer leadership comes from the 250-member Symphony League of Fort Worth, Inc. The administrative staff, led by President and CEO Amy Adkins, consists of 30 top-notch professionals who manage an annual budget of $12 million, a 46-week concert season and a $25 million endowment.

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