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Our Fight for a Fair Contract

The path of our negotiations took 15 months to travel before reaching our current waypoint – a seemingly dead end and thus, strike. As you might imagine, much discussion, thought and consideration of all our circumstances as an orchestra, as individuals and of course the impact it would have on the community lead us to this uncomfortable but necessary decision. Ultimately we believe the health of our organization and its invaluable contribution to all facets of life in Fort Worth and beyond is of paramount importance, and something we need to fight for.
We thank each of you for standing with us in our campaign to keep the FWSO on a trajectory of ever increasing excellence. We thank our families, friends, members of the public and all the other Union members who have supported us with letters, at our rally, on our picket line, financially, with food and drink, on social media (particularly those of you involved with Save Our Symphony Fort Worth on Facebook), with kind words of encouragement – every which way each of you has generously given to us. You are the wind beneath our wings!
For more details and to keep up to date with our campaign, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wondering how you can help the musicians?
There are several ways in which you can help us with our important campaign:

Write letters of support to the Star-Telegram or contact Julie Vinsant to find out how to submit letters to the FWSO administration and board.

Share our difficult situation with friends, family and co-workers.

Forward this newsletter to friends and fellow concert-goers.

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Join our fantastic group of supporters at Save our Symphony Fort Worth by "liking" their Facebook page.

Buy our t-shirts and yard signs. It's not too early to stock up on our t-shirts for stocking stuffers!

Become a 109er Today: Donate to "The 109 Project"
The Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony are very grateful to the many supporters that contributed to our first GoFundMe campaign to help us through our unfortunate work stoppage. However, we were disappointed to learn that our CEO, Amy Adkins, in an email to the Symphony Board, dismissed musicians’ supporters whom she did not have in her database, and insulted the ones whose average donation amounted to $109.
Therefore, we are challenging the attitudes of the Board and Mrs. Adkins with a new GoFundMe campaign, called “The 109 Project”.  We think it would be a great show of the power of community action if a large number of people made donations of $109, either as individuals or as teams (you can come up with a fun name for your team when donating). Of course, we will gladly accept any amount you wish to give--we don't discriminate. Be sure to end your donation amount with the number “9” to show your support for this project.

Remember, whether you donate $19, $109 or any other amount, you will send a clear message that small donations make a difference. All money raised goes directly to our campaign fund to pay for expenses during our strike. Become a “109er” today!
Thanks again for being part of our community of strong and generous advocates as we fight for “GROWTH NOT CUTS”.
Musicians let our audience know that the music can't be stopped.
A young fan is delighted by an oboe performance on the picket line.
Upcoming Events
Presented by the Musicians

Dvorak and Strauss: Wind Serenades
Thursday, October 13, Orchestra Hall, 7:00pm
4401 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76109

Day of Music
Saturday, October 22, various times and locations TBA (keep an eye out for more info on our Facebook page and website)

The Four Seasons with Concertmaster Michael Shih
Sunday, October 23rd, Broadway Baptist Church, 7:00pm
305 W Broadway Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

More concerts and events are being planned for October and November, we will be sure to let you know as soon dates and locations are confirmed!
Pas De Deux
Musicians Partner with Texas Ballet Theater

One of the many serious factors and concerns we had to take into consideration before going into a work stoppage was what would happen to our upcoming collaboration and performances with the Texas Ballet Theater. We were adamant that our troubles should not affect their productions and were very relieved and heartened that Stewart Williams, President of the local American Federation of Musicians, was able to negotiate a separate agreement with the Ballet, in which all parties, including the FWSO management, were satisfied. We are so happy that the music was put first and that we were able to do this with our own Maestro, Miguel, at the podium. The first round of performances at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas was a great success and we are excited and anxious to bring this thrilling production to you all at Bass Hall October 7-9. Get your tickets now!

FWSO Musicians perform Bowie (and Haydn!) at Bowie Blast! on September 25. 
Quintets visited Lily B. Clayton Elementary and Wedgwood Middle Schools despite canceled educational concerts this month at Bass Hall. We remain committed to the education of our future audiences. Click the image above or here for a video clip!

Thanks Tina!

When we walked from the stage to the street to picket, it was over 90 degrees and lunch time, so it was a great and very welcome surprise to see two young servers from Thai Tina’s coming towards us mid-afternoon with ice cold drinks and egg rolls. They stayed with us outside in the heat until everything was gone, serving us with encouragement, grace and kindness- and what’s more, they also came back the next day! The musicians and Thai Tina’s are mutual supporters, with the musicians having spent many happy lunchtimes, pre-concert dinner times, post-concert drinks, and holiday celebrations in Tina’s restaurant inside the Embassy Suites Hotel on 5th Street, a block away from Bass Hall. So please, next time you’re downtown, consider stopping in at Thai Tina’s restaurant to help us say, “Thank you” for their support, and of course their wonderful food. You won’t regret it!

You can visit Thai Tina's Facebook page here, and website here.

Have you gotten your T-shirt yet? These shirts were beautifully designed by our principal violist Laura Bruton. They are $20 each, adult sizes S-3X, and can be purchased online by emailing orders to us at We are also selling yard signs with the same design for $10 each.

T-shirts and yard signs will also be for sale at select venues, so stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out when and where we'll be!

Pictured left are Seth McConnell, timpani, and Keira Fullerton, cello. Right, violist Aleksandra Holowka stands behind a yard sign with her daughter, Ela, and neighbors, violist Dan Sigale and Samson. 
Harmony in the Kitchen 

Molly Baer and Karen Hall enjoy making this elegant soup for guests - a bonus is that it is vegan! Very rich and creamy, the corn cobs give the soup its unique flavor. It's adapted from a May 2005 recipe from Gourmet magazine.

Green Avocado Corn Soup

1 ear of corn
4 cups water
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1/2 to 1 fresh serrano chile 
2 firm-ripe avocados
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Roast corn on a gas burner or grill until charred in spots. Cut kernels from cob and cut cob into thirds.
Bring kernels, cob pieces, garlic, salt and 1/2 cup onion to a boil in a 3 quart saucepan and boil about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and discard cob pieces.
Purée corn mixture with serrano chile and remaining 3/4 cup onion in a blender - then pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl to remove solids.
Return broth to cleaned blender.
Quarter, pit and peel 1 avocado and add to blender with lime juice and purée until smooth.
Transfer soup to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least one hour.
To serve - garnish with avocado pieces from second avocado, roasted corn kernels, or infused oils such as cilantro or garlic.
Thank you to the many additional musicians who performed with us this month, and thanks to everyone who walked with us on the picket line. We appreciate your support and camaraderie!
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