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Save the Date 
A Benefit Concert for the YWCA
Mark your calendars for an exciting special event! On Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m., the Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present a free Halloween Concert benefitting the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Arborlawn United Methodist Church (5001 Briarhaven Rd., Fort Worth, 76109) is generously hosting the program. There will be an instrument “petting zoo” at 5:30 p.m. courtesy of Music and Arts. The program is being conducted by Kurt Sprenger and it will last about an hour.
Kathryn Perry, a violinist in the orchestra and one of the volunteers arranging this event, comments: "We are really excited to work with the YWCA for this concert! While we enjoy performing for every audience, I think this concert will be even more meaningful because we know we are helping people in our community. We are designing a concert of short, fun, and spooky pieces that will be great for introducing young kids to the orchestra."
“It is a real honor for the YWCA to be the beneficiary of this extraordinary concert by the Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony,” said Trish Rodriguez, Chief Development Officer of the YWCA of Fort Worth & Tarrant County.  “Not only do the women and children we serve benefit from such an enjoyable evening of music, but it also raises awareness of the important work we do to help bring women and children out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.  Thank you for involving us in this benefit concert.”
About the YWCA
You may not know that in 1907, YWCA Fort Worth became the first YWCA in the State of Texas! Their first programs included housing, a cafeteria, and an employment bureau to help women find jobs. Now the YWCA manages three child development centers focused on providing literacy-rich learning environments that prepare youngsters for success in grade school. Four out of five of these children are from low-income families, including extreme poverty and homelessness. The YWCA also provides housing stability for women in need of emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing and shared housing. 
The YWCA is keeping many women, children and their families out of emergency shelters and dangerous situations, and placing them in safe, secure housing in the community with much better long-term results. As a result, of the 80 newly homeless women and families placed in housing by the YWCA last year, only 2 returned to shelters.
The Musicians of the FWSO have a long tradition of organizing concerts and donating their talent to help our community. Previous events have benefitted the Presbyterian Night Shelter, community outreach programs provided by Broadway Baptist and Arborlawn United Methodist Churches, and the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.
Donations welcome!

Meet a Musician

Keith Williams, Principal Percussion

How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
10 years old
Baltimore, Maryland
BME from the University of Maryland, College Park and MM from Duquesne University. I studied with Tony Ames, Chris Allen, John Soroka, and Ed Stephan.

In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself?
I love the outdoors, especially hiking, rock climbing, camping, and I want to get into backpacking. I am a dog lover (especially big ones!). I’m always up for a game of ultimate frisbee and enjoy swing dancing. I am open minded and want to travel everywhere. And I am beyond excited to be a new member of the FWSO family!

Fun fact
I did two years of competitive ballroom dancing in college.

Ballet is Back
A note from cellist Leda Dawn Larson

The Musicians of the FWSO are so excited to be back in the orchestra pit to accompany Texas Ballet Theater this season!  Performing with the Ballet has been a long tradition of the symphony in Fort Worth, and the collaboration of these art forms allows artists to grow and experience performance in a new light. This is all the more meaningful to me as my daughter trained at the Texas Ballet Theater School and is now continuing her dance education at SMU.
In October, we will be performing the exciting and dramatic ballet Dracula by Franz Liszt. On Easter weekend, we will perform Prokofiev's Cinderella together, a long-time favorite which the FWSO has performed many times over the past few decades. In February, our audiences will also have a chance to hear Chopin and Tchaikovsky in the Classic Combination.                
We are very fortunate to live in a city where we can attend and participate in beautiful performances of these arts groups in partnership. The strong presence of culture in the form of our arts scene is impressive! 

We are so looking forward to sharing the stage this season with Texas Ballet Theater. Thank you TBT, we look forward to seeing you very soon!
-Leda Dawn Larson

Serge Koussevitzky
Concerto for Double Bass

Principal Bassist Bill Clay will be performing Koussevitzky's Concerto for Double Bass with the FWSO at Bass Hall in November.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

About the music
Music lovers are familiar with Serge Koussevitzky as one of the musical titans of the early 20th century. He was music director of the Boston Symphony from 1924-1949, the founder of the Tanglewood Music Center, and a lifelong champion of new music. Not so well known is that before he entered the world of conducting he was the greatest virtuoso of the double bass of his time as well as one of the greatest in the history of music. His Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in F# minor was premiered in 1905 and was used as a vehicle to showcase his talent on the instrument.

A note from Bill Clay
I first encountered this concerto in my early musical development as a music student and I have lived with it for over 30 years now. I have had the experience of performing it with orchestras on two previous occasions. It could also be said that I made my Fort Worth debut with this piece as I played it as the very first part of my audition for the Fort Worth Symphony 20 years ago. The challenge for the soloist in this concerto is to exploit its romantic lyricism, for which Koussevitky was known, both in his performances as a conductor as well as a bassist. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity of performing this work with my friends of the Fort Worth Symphony. I have to say it’s also a bit intimidating as I have so much respect for my colleagues as musicians. I am keenly aware that any one of them could perform in the role of soloist, so I feel the responsibility to be at my absolute best.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all the substitute musicians who performed with us this past month:
Violin: Delmar Pettys, Rebecca Stern, Xiao-Hua Sheng, Mark Miller, Ertan Torgul, Kristin Van Cleve, Brandie Phillips, Beth Elsner, Kurt Sprenger, Megan McClendon, Jesus Saenz, Sue Jacobson, and Sondra Brudnak; Viola: Ute Miller, Donna Hall, Colin Garner, Imelda Tecson, and Cody Russell; CelloEric Forman; BassMichael Lelevich, Kirby Nunez, Timothy Powell, and Talon Davis; FluteEbonee Thomas, Lance Sanford, Jacob Mende-Fridkis, Margaret Fischer, and Melanie Lançon; Oboe: Elise Belk and Susanna Hilliard; English horn: Stewart Williams; Clarinet: Daryl Coad, Sarah Demy,  Robin Korevaar, and Debbie Fabian; Saxophone: Joe Eckert, Roger Dismore, Scott Plugge, Mike Korson, and Jim Pritchard; Horn: Natalie Young; Trumpet: Christopher Stingle, Cody McClarty, and Jeremy Garnett; Jazz trombone: Jake MacAryPercussionJoe Ferraro; Bill Klymus, Michael McNicholas, and Preston Thomas; Harp: Jill Levy, Barbara Biggers; Keyboard: Evan Mitchell.
Harmony in the Kitchen 

Louis-Phillipe Robillard, cello, is well-known in the orchestra as a fantastic cook and baker. Here is his recipe for a raspberry-lemon tart.

Raspberry-Lemon Tart


For the crust:
1 lb (about 3 cups) of fresh raspberries
6 oz Graham crackers, crushed
4 oz butter, melted
1 tbsp sugar

For the custard:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp lemon oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/4 cup flour


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the base, place the crushed crackers in a bowl and add the butter and a tablespoon of sugar. Mix to combine.

Press the mixture evenly over the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Reduce the temperature to 325°F.

Scatter the raspberries evenly over the baked crust.

Beat the eggs with the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar until thick and pale yellow.

Whisk in the lemon oil, the lemon juice, and the flour.

Pour the lemon cream over the raspberries and bake the tart until the custard is set, about 30 minutes.
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