The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra continues the 2011-2012 Symphonic Series on March 23-25 at Bass Performance Hall, with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The program includes Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and the world premiere of Fastball, a baseball-themed work by composer-in-residence John B Hedges.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$79 at 817-665-6000 or www.fwsymphony.org.
· American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, making her FWSO debut in Elgar’s ever-popular Cello Concerto, is one of the world’s most exciting young classical soloists. She won a MacArthur “genius grant” last fall, and she recently became an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, the first cellist to be signed by the prestigious label in more than 30 years. Read her full bio here: www.fwsymphony.org/hld/bio.asp?bio=379
· The baseball-themed work Fastball is the third John B Hedges piece performed by the FWSO this season, after Slapdance and Fantasía sobre Yma Sumac. “Fastball,” says Hedges, “is a tribute to the game of baseball and the pure moment of a 95 mph fastball rising quickly to meet a batter standing 60 feet and six inches away.” For full program notes on the piece, please see www.fwsymphony.org/hld/program_notes.asp?p=hedges_fastball&c=165
· Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is part of our “People’s Choice” programming, a work chosen by patrons of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
These concerts are part of the American Airlines Symphonic Series and are made possible by season sponsors American Airlines, Star-Telegram and Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.