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Meet a Musician

Ivan Petruziello, Assistant Principal/E-flat Clarinet

How old were you when you started playing your 
6 years old

Sabaudia, Italy 
AD Texas Christian University
MM Refice Conservatory, Italy 
BM Respighi Conservatory, Italy

In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself
I am thrilled to join the FWSO as assistant principal clarinet this season. My passions are music, family, traveling and culinary adventures. I'm from Italy, my wife is from Colombia, and we are proud parents of two Texans: a boy, Tomas and a baby girl, Olivia. 

Laura and I have traveled all over the world. We love getting to know different places and cultures, and have lived in many cities in the past, finally settling down in Fort Worth 7 Years ago. Our favorite hang outs are the Fort Worth zoo, the science museum,  the botanical garden and downtown Fort Worth. Our son's favorite restaurant is Chuck E. Cheese's 😜
Fun fact 
After moving recently, our 3 years old son declared: "This is my house and you live here just because you are my friend."
Making a Difference 
The Symphony League 

OUR Symphony League. YOUR opportunity to make a difference.
Whenever the Fort Worth Symphony gives a performance, the members of the Symphony League are by our side offering support. Since 1957, the group has contributed financially to the orchestra through creative fundraisers. The League also hosts numerous activities to enhance the personal bond between the musicians and our patrons. Unless you’ve auditioned for a position in the orchestra, you wouldn’t know that these wonderful people provide snacks and encouragement to everyone involved in this process on what are grueling, draining days.
Dotty Davis Hall, Symphony League president, and all of the League members work tirelessly to encourage the community to take pride and ownership of the Fort Worth Symphony. Dotty loves developing relationships with the musicians and feels that the Symphony League fosters a sense of belonging in everyone.

Joining the League gives symphony supporters the opportunity to:
  • Develop personal relationships with musicians.
  • Enhance and support education programs – League members visit schools and prep kids for their visit to the symphony.
  • Orchestra hospitality – wonderful luncheons and events that allow all of us to relax and get to know each other.
  • Assist with fundraisers. Last year the League presented the FWSO with a check for $50,000!
  • Assist the staff with activities like stuffing envelopes.
Dotty and the rest of the League offer their time and skills to help the orchestra thrive, but the bottom line is the relationships. Dotty wants all of the musicians to know that “Nothing moves me more than hearing you all play”.

Click here to find out more about the Symphony League and  how to join. Check out the Symphony League's Facebook page here. This article was written by cellist Karen Hall.

A Musical Family

By Laura Bruton, Principal Viola
We are a musical family.  I am Laura Bruton, Principal Viola of the Fort Worth Symphony for the last thirty years, and my husband is Don Little, Regents Professor of Tuba at the University of North Texas and retired FWSO tubist (1980-2001). We chose to make our personal and professional lives here in North Texas for all these years—working and raising our three children.  This story is about our youngest child Nathan Little, who has chosen to pursue his own career in music.  He is the last to “leave the nest,” and last month we drove to Waco to get him settled at Baylor University.

When my husband Don came home one afternoon in 2002 with three cornets, I asked him if he had lost his mind! It was his intention to teach our three children how to play. Our two youngest children, Grace and Nathan, were ages 7 and 5 respectively. Our house has always been a musical one since both mom and dad are professional musicians, mom Laura and dad Don, who met in the Fort Worth Symphony and were married in 1991.  All three of our children chose various instruments (flute, piano, voice, guitar, trumpet), and had many lessons and concerts at home and elsewhere.  So, we were not surprised when our youngest son Nathan decided to study trumpet and become a professional musician!

Over the many years since he started playing trumpet, Nathan participated in all the school band programs in the Argyle ISD.  His list of accomplishments and awards is a long one, starting with the “Director’s Award” in 2010 for the Argyle Middle School Band.  After a string of accolades throughout high school, Nathan was the first person ever from Argyle High School to make the 6-A All-State Symphony Orchestra.  Along with all his school band activities, Nathan also performed as a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Youth Winds, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.  Other highlights included twice performing with the Dallas Wind Symphony and a guest performance with the United States Navy Band.  He found special ways of service through music by playing regularly at Autumn Leaves Memory Care in Denton, where his grandfather Henry Bruton lived.

Nathan has been fortunate to have many wonderful private teachers over these years, including Wiff Rudd (Baylor), Keith Johnson (UNT), Tom Cupples (FWSO), Peter Bond (Sewanee Festival), Jamie Karp and Mark Lynn (former UNT doctoral students).  Last year he began the long process of searching for a music school for college.  After applying to and auditioning for University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Southern Methodist University and Baylor University, we all waited.  Every university and music school offered musical and academic scholarships.  Nathan chose Baylor University for his undergraduate study.  We are proud of the musician and man Nathan has become.  Stay tuned to see where he makes his mark in the music world!

We are now selling t-shirts, 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 We will also sell them at select venues, so stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out when and where we'll be!
Have you ever wondered...

Why are the musicians wearing green ribbons and wristbands at our concerts this season? 
We are wearing green ribbons and wristbands to symbolize our unity in standing together for a fair and progressive contract. The color green represents growth, hope, and moving forward!

If there is anything you have ever wondered, send us an email! We will try to get to your question in upcoming newsletters.
Community Spotlight
Killeen, TX 

150 miles from Fort Worth, another fort can be found. Fort Hood is the home of the largest military installation in the world, and the town that supports it is Killeen, TX.  For over 30 years, the FWSO has had a mini-residency there, performing symphonic and educational programs for the community.

Two key components to the FWSO mission are to “enhance cultural life” and to “present engaging music education programs”.  On Thursday, November 19th, we will perform a concert for the entire Killeen community. The program, which includes a Beethoven overture and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, will feature one of our own.  Allan Steele, our new principal cellist, will perform the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with us.

The following morning, we will host the 5th graders of Killeen ISD – approximately 3000 students – and perform a program called “Musical Math”.  Students get the opportunity to learn the basics of tempo, conducting, musical note values, and how they all relate to mathematics - making a real world association!  
It is not an accident that we play for 5th graders specifically.  With Killeen’s instrumental programs beginning in the 5th and 6th grades, these concerts offer an opportunity for children to see and hear many of the instruments available to them to learn.  We are excited to partner with Killeen ISD in encouraging children to begin the exciting journey of becoming a musician!

This Community Spotlight was written by bassoonist Cara Owens.
Saint-Saens Cello Concerto
A guide by Allan Steele, Principal Cello

Camille Saint-Saëns occupies an unusual position in the minds of audiences. Although his name is well known, it is for a small and extremely disparate number of pieces- the ghoulish Danse Macabre, the lofty Organ Symphony, the charmingly witty Carnival of the Animals, and a few others. Like many French composers of the time, his musical style drew from an eclectic array of sources; although he admired the progressives of his time such as Wagner and Liszt, he also emulated the clear and contrapuntal writing of Bach and Handel. The First Cello Concerto, composed in 1872, reflects all of these sources.

Written for a viola de gamba player, the Cello Concerto has evident links to the classical era of music. Clear and simple melodies populate the work, and the second movement is an elegant Minuet. However, the influence of his contemporaries is equally present. Although in three movements structurally, Saint-Saëns used Wagner and Liszt's ideas of continuous music and thematic development to blend the material into a single unbroken movement. From the first dramatic lightning-strike of a beginning, the piece is highly technically and musically demanding for the performer.

I am grateful and indebted to be able to perform this concerto with the musicians of this orchestra. Having only joined last season, I have been welcomed into its family with grace and sincerity, and it's a great joy to perform with such excellent musicians.

Allan will be performing the Saint-Saens cello concerto with the FWSO in Killeen, TX in November. Click here for more information.
We would like to acknowledge and thank all the substitute musicians who performed with us this month:
Violin: Delmar Pettys, Xiao-Hua Sheng, Mark Miller, Jennifer Griffin, Kurt Sprenger, Rebecca Rathbun, Sue Jacobson, Brandie Phillips, Beth Elsner, Megan McClendon, Florence Wang, Rebecca Stern, Shannon Lewis, and Kristen Van Cleve; Viola: Ute Miller, Susan Dubois, Imelda Tecson, Magnus, Tonia Pilliod, and Jill Van Gee; Cello: Carol Harlos and Eric Forman; Bass: Kirby Nunez, Jack Unzicker, Joe Ferris, and Aaro Heinonen; Flute: Melanie Lançon, Kareen Britt, Christina Hughes, Ebonee Thomas, Jacob Mende-Fridkis, Jennifer McElroy, Lance Sanford, and Margaret Fischer; Oboe: Alison Chung and Stewart Williams; English horn: Elise Belk; Clarinet: Nathan Williams, Ken Krause, Daryl Coad; Saxophone: Joe Eckert, Jim Pritchard, Roger Dismore, and Mike Korson; Horn: Gerald Wood; Trumpet: Christopher Stingle, Cody McClarty, Kyle Sherman, and Jeremy Garnett; Trombone: Joel Grizzelle; Tuba: Vurl Bland; Percussion: Joe Ferraro, Preston Thomas, Mike McNicholas, Bill Klymus, Logan Seith, and Robert McCullagh. Harp: Jill Levy and Laura Brandenburg. Keyboard: Candace Bawcombe.
Harmony in the Kitchen 

Here is a tried-and-true recipe for pumpkin muffins shared by violinist Marilyn d'Auteuil, just in time for Thanksgiving! She originally found the recipe here. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Muffins
            1¾ cup flour
            ½ cup white sugar
            ½ cup light brown sugar
            1 tbsp baking powder
            ½ tsp salt
            2 tsp cinnamon
            ¾ tsp ground ginger
            1 cup pureed pumpkin
            2 tsp vanilla
            ½ cup Silk Original Almond Milk
            ½ cup olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ground ginger in a medium-sized bowl. Mix thoroughly, then stir in the pureed pumpkin, vanilla, almond milk, and olive oil.
3. Line a muffin tin and fill each ⅔ of the way full. If desired, top with your nuts of choice and sprinkle a ½ tsp of brown sugar on top of each muffin.
4. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If your nuts begin to get a little too toasty, cover lightly with aluminum foil.
5. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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