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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will go to Washington

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, right, will perform with violinist Augustin Hadelich.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, led by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, right, will perform with violinist Augustin Hadelich. Star-Telegram archives

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform at Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in spring 2018, the company announced Thursday.

FWSO is one of four U.S. orchestras chosen from a pool of applicants around the country to participate in the second annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras on April 9-15, 2018.

“SHIFT is a weeklong spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes that celebrates the vitality, identity and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation’s capital,” festival organizers said in a news release.

The FWSO concert will take be at 8 p.m. April 10, 2018, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct.

Violinist Augustin Hadelich — the FWSO’s artistic partner in the 2017-18 season — will be the guest artist for Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s “Symposium”).

Dancers from Texas Ballet Theater will join the orchestra for Anna Clyne’s RIFT, a symphonic ballet choreographed by Kitty McNamee. The program also will include Jimmy Lopez’ Bel Canto: A Symphonic Canvas, based on a 2001 novel by Ann Patchett.

“This is an immeasurable honor and a singular tribute to the stature of our orchestra, as well as to the devotion of our patrons, supporters and friends,” Harth-Bedoya said in a FWSO news release. “Needless to say, we are proud to represent Fort Worth in this exceptional opportunity, and we are looking forward to it with great anticipation and excitement.”

The Albany Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra also will participate. Pianist Joyce Yang, silver medalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform with the Albany Symphony.

The orchestras’ repertoire will spotlight music inspired by literature, history, geography, varied culture and nature, the organizers said.

They also will have a weeklong residency and will participate in symposia and community events around Washington.

“The imaginative programs that these four orchestras will perform during SHIFT reflect not only their institution’s commitment to collaboration but also pay homage to the creative roots of their home communities,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a news release. “We look forward to seeing how they will inspire and interact with our D.C. audiences, both inside and outside our concert hall.”

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