Music for Moonwalking

Fort Worth's Concerts in the Garden series thrills with Michael Jackson tribute

Concerts in Garden series thrills with Michael Jackson tribute

Michael Jackston tribute, James Delisco, Concerts in the Garden, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Music of Michael Jackson, with singer James Delisco, hits the stage June 8. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Dust off the picnic basket. In a sure sign that summer is approaching, the Fort Worth Symphony has unveiled the 2018 Concerts in the Garden lineup, and it's got acts that will no doubt get concertgoers off their blankets and on their feet.

The hottest ticket likely will be "The Music of Michael Jackson," a new show to Fort Worth's favorite outdoor summer concert series. Slated for June 8, it will star MJ tribute artist James Delisco backed by the FWSO and conductor Martin Herman. They promise to moonwalk through the King of Pop's catalog of hits, from "ABC" and "Rock With You" to "Beat It" and "Thriller."

Also new in the lineup is "The Music of Styx," starring Dennis DeYoung, a founding member and lead vocalist of the classic rock band, June 2. And "A Tribute to Benny Goodman" will feature clarinettist Dave Bennett and the FWSO playing swing music, June 10.

Returning favorites include “A Salute to The Eagles," June 30; "Music of Journey," June 23; and "Star Wars and Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular," June 15-17. Dallas band The Old 97’s returns to the Concerts In The Garden stage for the first time since 2012.

The series opens June 1 when the Texas Tenors join FWSO and conductor Ron Spigelman for a concert of country, classical, Broadway, and cowboy tunes. It concludes, as always, with the patriotic "Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic," July 2-4.

The full Concerts in the Garden 2018 lineup:

Friday, June 1: The Texas Tenors
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Saturday, June 2: Dennis DeYoung — The Music of Styx
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Arnie Roth, conductor

Sunday, June 3: 1812 Overture and Symphonic Sparklers
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Friday, June 8: The Music of Michael Jackson
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Martin Herman, conductor
James Delisco, vocalist

Saturday, June 9: The Music of Queen
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Martin Herman, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

Sunday, June 10: Tribute to Benny Goodman featuring Dave Bennett
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Martin Herman, conductor
Dave Bennett, clarinet

Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17: Star Wars and Beyond — A Laser Light Spectacular
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Alejandro Gómez Guillén, conductor

Friday, June 22: The Music of The Rolling Stones
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

Saturday, June 23: The Music of Journey
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

Sunday, June 24: Old 97’s
(The orchestra does not perform at this concert.)

Friday, June 29: 1950s Dance Party — John Mueller’s Official Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Saturday, June 30: Hotel California — “A Salute to The Eagles”
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Ron Spigelman, conductor

Monday, July 2-Wednesday, July 4: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Alejandro Gómez Guillén, conductor

All concerts take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Tickets go on sale March 12 for Fort Worth Symphony subscribers, and April 2 for the general public. Lawn seats are $22-$25; children ages 10 and younger are free with a ticket. Table seats are $32-$67, and children's table tickets are $16-$67. For tickets and information, visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000.