The opening of the Bass Performance Hall for the first concert of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the season 2022-23 opens in September, it will also mark the beginning of a new era for the 110-year-old organization. The new artistic vision, as described by FWSO President and CEO Keith Cerny, is one that has taken months of discussion, planning and strategy with their newly appointed music director Robert Span and board members, focusing on everything from programming to audiences. commitment.
One example is the 21-23. April 2023, when Stravinsky enchanting ballet music Firebird, at a concert featuring members of the Texas Ballet Theater. The program, which Robert Spano framed as the theme of a “world of enchantment”, includes the world premiere of a work commissioned by Brian Raphael Nabors, Earth and Heaven: Stories from the Fatherland. “One of the things we are very aware of is the commissioning of new works and the presentation of new works, so we have several living composers represented during the season,” says Spano. “I’m most excited about Brian Nabors because I’ve only recently started working with him and I think he’s just exceptional.”
The second work to order earlier this season will take the form of a new saxophone concert by American composer Douglas J. Cuom, featuring Grammy®-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano. The Harlem-inspired evening also includes works by Bernstein, Ellington and Gershwin, 14-16. October 2022.
Maintaining a balance between new work and traditional repertoire is usually the goal of every major orchestra. Wagner fans will enjoy the immersive concert of the works of the German composer November 18 – 20, 2022, which will be accompanied by projections of ethereal watercolors by the British illustrator Arthur Rackham. Rackham, known for his depictions of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and many other classic folk tales for fairy tale books, has created dozens of drawings based on Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung at the beginning of the 20th century. Orchestral music from Ring The main goal of the program will be, even if the famous Wagnerian soprano Christine Brewer will perform on the stage, who will sing songs from Tristan and Isolde and Götterdämmerung. It begins FWSO’s three-year commitment to researching Wagner’s music, which serves as a programmatic tour for the orchestra and its patrons, and coincides with the length of its three-year contract with Span. “I think it’s a very valuable way of working for us because some things take more than a season to implement and some trajectories take time,” explains Spano. “It will take a while to get to know the orchestra more intimately, and in time it will come very naturally.”
During the season, the symphony will be joined by an impressive line-up of other nationally and internationally acclaimed soloists and guest conductors; star cellist Yo Yo Ma is a guest artist at the gala performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto on February 25, 2023. Popular Fort Worth and Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Master Edo de Waart 7-9. October 2022, in a program that includes the composer’s third symphony. Spano will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham from March 10 to 12, 2023, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to Bass Hall to lead Elgar’s Enigma variation, 5-7 May 2023. Spano ends the season 19-21. May 2023 with a production of Haydn’s oratorio depicting the beginning of the world, The attack, accompanied by the famous vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire.
In addition, he will focus on soloists from the orchestra at several concerts this season; concertmaster Michael Shih (Spano calls it a pillar of the organization) will be the soloist of Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with guest conductor Tianyi Lu. The silvery sound of Jake Fridkis’ main flute will enliven Reinecke’s somewhat lesser-known concert, led by Robert Abbad.
In a season full of new names, new faces and new works, she will still be opened by a number of well-known classics. Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osario will join forces with the orchestra on September 9-11 at Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 (“The Emperor”) in an evening that will also be performed by Brahms and Schubert. “We wanted to start the season with something like a museum foyer – the most classic program we could think of,” says Spano with a smile. “I can feel the columns entering the season. I think it’s great. “