Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to tour Spain

05/15/2014 6:31 PM

05/15/2014 6:32 PM

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform in six cities in Spain in May 2016, it announced Thursday.

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the FWSO’s artistic partner, will be the featured soloist.

The multicity tour will include concerts at major halls in Madrid, Oviedo, Alicante, Zaragoza and San Sebastian, as well as a sixth city to be announced.

It will be the FWSO’s fourth international tour and its first in more than 25 years; the orchestra toured Spain in 1989, China in 1983 and Mexico in 1981.

A spokeswoman for the FWSO declined to discuss the cost of the tour or the sources of funding. In a news release, FWSO President and CEO Amy Adkins called the cost of touring internationally “monumental.”

More than 80 percent of the funding for the tour already has been secured, Adkins said, which allows the orchestra “to embark on this historic project without compromising our financial stability.”

The tour will be presented by Conciertos Augusto, a Madrid-based arts management firm, which has arranged the performances. Concert dates and repertoire have not been announced.

“Many would say that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has achieved the status of a ‘great’ orchestra,” FWSO music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya said in the release.

“I am deeply honored to be part of this important milestone in the orchestra’s history,” he said.

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