One week before Fort Worth welcomes the world for the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the hometown Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is enduring some tremors.
Symphony President Amy Adkins will resign this summer, the symphony announced Thursday. It was Adkins who led management’s tough stance during the recent four-month labor strike in which musicians accepted a two-year wage freeze, then modest raises.
Adkins has seen some of the symphony’s proudest moments. In 1995, she was the organization’s first education coordinator, and she served nine years as vice president of development.
But she also saw the symphony sink into budget problems as local companies closed or cut their donations, as the energy downturn shrank endowment assets and as rental costs climbed at Bass Hall.
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Stress at Bass Hall has risen this week. FWSO music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya was ordered out of a youth concert for carrying his daughter’s violin case, something that is banned in the lobby and seating areas under new, tighter security rules. He took his complaint to Facebook Live, like someone bumped off a flight.
Bass Hall was built to showcase the symphony and Fort Worth’s arts leadership. With international guests arriving next week, hall officials should carefully review the policy’s execution, and any differences with arts leaders should be resolved before another crescendo is heard.