New World Symphony: Friday, November 11
Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 7:30pm
Mozart: Impressario Overture Foote: A Night Piece for Flute and Strings R. Strauss: Concerto no. 1 for Horn and Orchestra Dvorak: New World Symphony
Featuring Clif Evans, conductor, and our own musicians as soloists: Molly Norcross, horn and Jake Fridkis, flute.
Donations gratefully accepted for the Musicians of the FWSO Fund.
More concerts are being planned for the holidays, stay tuned for updates!
Young fans enjoy a pre-concert instrument petting zoo at the Halloween Concert on October 30 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church.
We played for a packed house on October 23rd, where concertmaster Michael Shih performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Broadway Baptist Church.
Update on negotiations: Fort Worth Symphony Cancels Concerts Through December; Refuses Overtures for Collaboration
Despite a return to the negotiation table on October 22, FWSO Management announced that it is unilaterally canceling concerts through December 31, 2016. This comes after rebuffing Musicians’ repeated offers to collaborate with Management to develop financial solutions to resolve the nearly seven week long dispute.
Musicians have proposed that Management halt its damaging cancellations, asking that both parties combine their time, talent and resources to develop new projects and sources of revenue within the Fort Worth community.
Collaboration was the hallmark of the Musicians’ history with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Before a pattern of continuous cuts began in 2010, this spirit of working together resulted in creating new revenue, which helped to lay the groundwork for community events like the highly profitable Concerts in the Garden Series. This once positive relationship was central to the development of the orchestra’s now threatened world class status.
Management’s answer was to cancel two more months of concerts, refusing to negotiate anything but continued cuts. This virtual lockout of the musicians senselessly denies the people of Fort Worth their hometown orchestra, turning the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra into a Management – without Music.
You can find all recent news and updates here.
Pictured above, the combined talents of the Dallas Symphony's brass section and the brass of Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth at a Rally on October 22 at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
This month we introduce you to two of our newest members. They joined our musical family at a difficult time, but both John and Nora immediately stepped in to assist us in outreach, performances of all kinds, and walking the picket line. We are looking forward to a time when we can get back to the stage of Bass Performance Hall with them and enjoy their fine musicianship for many concerts to come.
John Romero, Principal Trombone
Where are you from?
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
Where did you study?
Baylor University (BM) and Rice University (MM)
Can you tell us a little about your family?
I have a large family with three sisters and two brothers. They are all musically inclined, though I'm the only one who decided to continue music actively after high school. They were all 1st chair brass players in high school so far, and my youngest brother, Josh, is starting his second year on trombone in the Fall. My mother majored in choral education and was lead soprano in her choir at ETBU, where she met my father (who isn't quite so musically inclined). They both grew up in Texas. Fun Facts: My grandfather on my father's side was a ragin' cajun who fought with the Marine Paratroopers in WWII and won a silver star on Iwo Jima. The family name comes from Andaluz, Spain, so we are not technically Hispanic in heritage, but European.
How do you like to spend your time outside of music?
I love what some would consider "extreme" sports, such as rock climbing, skateboarding, mountain biking, hiking, cooking, etc. Disc golf and golf are fun hobbies which I hope to get better at. In addition, I used to program calculator video games in high school (for fun), but now I mostly just play them on the XBox. And of course, there's Pokemon Go.
Fun fact about you?
I helped start a progressive metal jam band in high school as the 2nd guitarist. Why? Because I played Guitar Hero and thought that it would just be so much more fun in real life.
Any additional things you'd like to share?
I'm hoping to enter the Ima Hogg concerto competition in Houston this year.
Nora Prener, Assistant Principal Oboe
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
I was 10 when I started playing the oboe. I had done a project all about the oboe in the 4th grade, which was inspired by my father who had played the oboe through high school. He bought me a reed and taught me how to make an embouchure. When the 5th grade band program started, I was incredibly excited and ready to go!
Fairport, New York which is right outside of Rochester on the Erie Canal.
I earned my bachelor's degree at the Eastman School of Music where I studied with Richard Killmer. I earned both my master’s degree and performer’s diploma at Southern Methodist University studying with Erin Hannigan.
My parents are still living in Fairport. My father is a nurse practitioner with the Veterans Administration. My mother works at a local food market and is an active local artist. My older brother is a sociology professor at St. Louis University. Both of my parents love classical music and have continued to attend concerts at Eastman even after I graduated. I’m always grateful for the continued support of my family!
In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself?
I’m very determined! I keep doing something over and over again until I get it right, especially when I’m trying something new. I think that’s why I enjoy playing the oboe so much, there’s always something new to work on, and I love the challenge.
I have a two-year-old orange tabby cat named Ella. I adopted her from Operation Kindness which is a no-kill animal shelter in Dallas. My teacher Erin Hannigan has been very involved with the organization. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in some of the musical events she has put together through her own non-profit to raise money for the cause. I’m constantly amazed by how innovative musicians can be, and the differences they can make in their communities.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’d like to say a big “thank you” to all of you for your continued support. We are grateful to our families, friends and public supporters who have helped us in countless ways including writing letters to our management, picketing alongside us, donating to our gofundme campaign, starting and joining the Save Our Symphonygroup and simply offering us kind words of encouragement. There has been a huge outpouring of support, also, from our colleagues in other orchestras from all over the country and abroad, which has buoyed our spirits tremendously. There is one thing that no one can take away from us and that is our gift of music. We are so thankful that we are still able to share this with our audiences in venues all over town and, just as importantly, in the local schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Our fantastic, festive cello section is pictured here, ready for the Halloween Concert!
The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth, conducted by Maestro Jimi Hendrix (Kurt Sprenger).
Harmony in the Kitchen Recipes
This month, cellist Lesley Cleary shares a recipe for split pea soup. Here are her thoughts:
I don't "cook" as much as I "assemble". This soup is easy to put together, nutritious, and my household doesn't tire of it. I don't even add salt, because I find the sausage is seasoned enough for my taste.
Green Pea Soup with Pork Sausage
1 pound dry green split peas
3 large whole mild italian pork sausages (a little over a pound)
3 large carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 teaspoon curry powder
5 cups water
Bring all to a boil in a large stock pot and let simmer covered on medium-low for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove sausages, let cool, and chop coarsely. Add sausage pieces back to pot and combine thoroughly. Season if needed.
A wind quintet performs an educational concert at JT Stevens Elementary School in October.
Oboist Nora Prener talks to the students at JT Stevens Elementary school.
Thank you to the many additional musicians who
performed with us and walked on the picket line with us this month!