Fort Worth

August 20, 2014

Symphony, youth orchestras expanding partnership

Members of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will get more training and joint performance opportunities from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

In the partnership between the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, the overture is giving way to what could be a glorious second movement.

The two organizations announced Wednesday that they are stepping up collaboration under a program that will include new training and joint performances.

Symphony orchestra musicians, guest artists, conductors and assistant conductors will offer the young musicians special coaching, master classes and other opportunities, the organizations said in a statement. The groups will also develop a joint mentor program.

In the past, the symphony orchestra has provided the young musicians with coaching and side-by-side rehearsals and preconcert performances at Bass Hall.

The new arrangement “represents a shared commitment to presenting great orchestral music, to training the next generation of orchestral players and to reinforcing the primacy of music as one of the fundamental disciplines,” the orchestra’s music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, said in a statement.

Youth orchestra officials said they are thrilled with the new partnership, which calls for a side-by-side concert May 17 and will include other joint presentations.

“There is nothing like the energy created when young aspiring musicians gain access to the great musicians they consider their finest role models,” youth orchestra Executive Director Willa Dunleavy said in a statement. — Patrick M. Walker

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