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GREAT PERFORMANCES FESTIVAL: CELEBRATE AMERICA Bernstein Copland Gershwin
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

July, 2011

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is proud to devote its annual late-summer composers’ festival to three beloved masters of American music. The Great Performances Festival: Celebrate America will be August 26-28, with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leading the orchestra in three different programs of works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, composers who helped define American music in the 20th century. This is beloved music that resides at the intersection of classical and popular forms, and our selections explore a range of genres, including symphonic and sacred music, as well as jazz, opera, songs and spirituals.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

·         Van Cliburn—known around the world as an ambassador of American art and goodwill—joins the orchestra as the narrator in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

·         FWSO Principal Keyboardist Shields-Collins Bray is the piano soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

·         Rising young baritone Jonathan Beyer, winner of the 2010 McCammon Voice Competition and a star of the Fort Worth Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2012, will perform selections from Copland’s Old American Songs.

 

PROGRAMMING EXTRAS

·         Two of this year’s festival programs will include a multimedia element. During an excerpt from Copland’s The Tender Land, some of the Depression-era Walker Evans photographs that inspired Copland’s opera will be projected on a screen above the orchestra. And in an exciting new partnership with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Copland’s Billy the Kid will be accompanied by images from the Carter’s exceptional collection of paintings by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.

·         On August 23, the Wyeth String Quartet (made up of Michael Shih, Adriana DeCosta, Laura Bruton and Karen Basrak, the principal strings of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra) and Jan Crisanti, FWSO’s principal flute, will play a concert of American chamber music in the auditorium of the Amon Carter Museum. This will be a free but ticketed event with very limited seating; ticketing details are to be announced.

·         In lieu of the traditional per-concert lecture series, this year each concert will be co-hosted from the stage by Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Shields-Collins Bray, who will share insights about the composers and programming selections.

·         The Friday-night concert will be broadcast live and streamed worldwide by WRR Classical 101.1 FM, with artist interviews by announcer Kurt Rongey.

 

TICKETS

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall. Value-priced three-concert festival passes are $36-$144, on sale now. Tickets to individual performances begin at $16 and go on sale August 1. To order tickets, call 817-665-6000 or visit www.fwsymphony.org.

 

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES FESTIVAL: CELEBRATE AMERICA

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall.

 

 

Friday, August 26

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Jonathan Beyer, Baritone  

 

COPLAND            Suite from Billy the Kid  

COPLAND            Selections from Old American Songs

BERNSTEIN         Symphonic Dances from West Side Story  

GERSHWIN         An American in Paris   

 

Saturday, August 27

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Van Cliburn, Narrator  

Fort Worth Baroque Society

Zachary Harrison, Boy Soprano

 

BERNSTEIN         Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront   

BERNSTEIN         Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra  

COPLAND            Lincoln Portrait   

GERSHWIN         Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture   

 

Sunday, August 28

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Shields-Collins Bray, Piano  

 

BERNSTEIN         Three Dance Episodes from On the Town  

COPLAND            “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land Suite

GERSHWIN         Rhapsody in Blue for Solo Piano and Jazz Band   

COPLAND            Symphony No. 3  

 



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