Bass Hall security
Last Sunday night, I was asked to leave the lobby of Bass Hall — my own place of work for the last 17 years as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra — because I was inadvertently holding my daughter’s small violin case while I engaged with patrons and donors in the lobby after her Fort Worth Youth Orchestra concert, hosted under the auspices of the FWSO.
After I posted a Facebook video about my experience, my annoyance in the moment turned to surprise about how deeply it resonated with others in the community.
Bass Hall is one of the most magnificent concert halls in the world — one of best, acoustically, in which I’ve ever performed.
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I’m proud that it is the permanent home of the FWSO, and I agree with the need for safety measures.
However, a concert hall is a place where the music and musicians embrace and welcome the community, and the current rules seem to counteract that.
In addition, why is a musical instrument, particularly at an orchestra concert, a threat to our security?
I hope that we can revisit conversation with Bass Hall on this issue. I am happy to be part of that dialogue.
I thoroughly agree with Punch Shaw's brave review of “The Aliens” at Stage West. Much ado about nothing (“Dull ‘Aliens’ crash-lands at Stage West,” May 8).
I have been disappointed in all the plays so far this season.
The new team claims to be choosing cutting-edge, first-run plays that will challenge the audience.
I would much prefer a play now and then that entertains.
Reed K. Bilz, Fort Worth
In a recent review of Theatre Arlington's production of “Legally Blonde,” Punch Shaw wrote, “In a scene where Emmett is chastised for his ‘tattered corduroy’ coat, he is sporting a jacket that is neither tattered nor corduroy.”
That jacket is in fact corduroy.
Cayley Smith, Arlington
State Sen. Kelly Hancock’s Senate Bill 451 isn’t preserving Texas property owners’ rights.
It is trampling on those owners’ rights and transferring them to out-of-state businesses and absentee landlords ( “Some Texas lawmakers love short-term renters over stable neighborhoods,” May 11).
A home in my neighborhood was purchased for the sole purpose of establishing a short-term rental property.
Since the home became a rental, there have been up to eight cars parked around the home and on the lawn. As many as 25 people “partied” there.
The rights of Texas property owners are not being protected by Senate Bill 451. Out-of-state businesses and absentee landlords’ rights are.
So much for representing the good citizens of Texas.
There are now approximately 200 short-term rental homes available in Arlington.
Robert Pavelko, Arlington