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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra plans July Fourth America Strong socially-distanced concert

Posted June 25, 2020

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will host a special July Fourth America Strong concert at Dickies Arena. The performance will include guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn and Texas Ballet Theater, with an appearance by Broadway star baritone and Fort Worth favorite Major Attaway.

The concert will be broadcast by WFAA-Channel 8 at 9 p.m. July 4 and will be available to watch on the symphony’s website for two weeks following the event.

The symphony spearheaded the collaboration with local arts organizations to celebrate the best of America. It will be the first time in more than three months that the organization has been able to perform due to the COVID-19 virus. Like many other performing arts organizations, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 schedule was disrupted due to the virus, and cut short Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s final concerts with the organization. Harth-Bedoya will be leading the America Strong concert, which will close out his 20-year tenure with the organization.

The symphony worked with local and national musician unions to structure a unique stage layout that keeps all participants at a safe distance from one another during the concert. Musicians and members of the symphony production team will rehearse and perform this concert in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and government guidelines for social distancing.

The America Strong concert program will feature a diverse group of musicians, composers and guest artists to reflect the cultural fabric of the country. Several of the works were composed by prominent African-American composers, including William Christopher Handy, Scott Joplin and James Weldon Johnson

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