The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association grew from a community effort
led by the dream of Brooks Morris, the orchestra’s founder and first conductor.
Since its inception in 1925, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has grown
to become one of the most successful orchestras of its size in the United
States, with an annual budget of $10.1 million. The Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra is under the artistic leadership of Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra remains an integral part of the
local community, presenting a 52 week season, comprised of American Airlines
Symphonic Series concerts, Star-Telegram Pops Series concerts, Concerts
In The Garden Summer Music Festival, an annual Composer Festival, numerous
orchestra special presentations, including the traditional New Year’s
Eve and Messiah concerts, as well as free community programs.
In addition, the FWSO is the principal orchestra for the Fort Worth
Opera, the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and the Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary Oratorio Chorus. The Orchestra also participates in many local
activities which reach thousands of first-time listeners, including free
performances at Mayfest each year. The Orchestra’s youth education activities
include interactive children’s concerts and participation in Imagination
Celebration, a national children’s arts festival. During the season, the
FWSO performs over 200 concerts for more than 285,000 people.
The symphony serves as the host orchestra for the Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition which receives worldwide attention via radio and television
broadcasts of the competition’s finals. In 1994, the symphony hosted the
first preliminary round of the Tokyo International Conducting Competition
ever to be held in the United States. The Symphony has received tremendous
acclaim by performing with Van Cliburn in 1990 and 2000 and Luciano Pavarotti
in 1992, as well as for its recording with Peter Nero. The Wrangler Award-winning
Prairie Portrait CD, released
January 2000, features the FWSO with Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell
and Rich O’Brien and celebrates the sesquicentennial of Fort Worth.