The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will host a special, socially-distanced America Strong concert at Dickies Arena on July 4 as an ode to the country’s perseverance throughout the past year.
The one-night-only performance will feature more than 60 minutes of music from the orchestra and world-renowned opera singers Latonia Moore and Morris Robinson, all conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya in his final season with the orchestra. The concert will be in lieu of the FWSO's annual Concerts in the Garden series, which has once again been canceled.
“I am so proud of how this organization has continued to perform live during this pandemic," says FWSO board chairman Mercedes T. Bass in a statement. "The gift of live music continues to provide a healing power to communities during some of the most trying times. This is our gift to the Fort Worth community and beyond for showing such resilience over the past year of this pandemic."
The concert will start with John Stafford Smith’s “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “Lightspeed – Fanfare for Orchestra” by Texas Christian University’s up-and-coming composer Kevin Day. The rest of the program will remain under wraps until the day of the show, but it will include works by leading Black and Latin American composers like Day, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jimmy Lopez to create space for composers of color in America’s patriotic repertoire.
Tickets will be available to the public beginning at 10 am on April 26. All patrons will have to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster in pods of two, three, or four seats, with pricing beginning at $29.30 per person. Similar to the FWSO’s 2020 America Strong performance, this year’s concert will be broadcast live by WFAA Channel 8.
In an effort to keep all musicians, staff, and patrons healthy and safe, the FWSO is implementing the same guidelines it has enforced throughout its 2020-2021 season. Patrons will be required to wear masks throughout the performance, social distancing protocols will be enforced, and tickets will only be available on mobile devices.