Performing Arts

Fort Worth Symphony cancels concerts through Nov. 6

Back in January, before a pops concert, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians raised “Growth, Not Cuts” signs and spoke to the audience about their contract dispute with symphony management. Eight months later, the musicians are on strike and management has canceled concerts through October.
Back in January, before a pops concert, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians raised “Growth, Not Cuts” signs and spoke to the audience about their contract dispute with symphony management. Eight months later, the musicians are on strike and management has canceled concerts through October. Star-Telegram archives

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra canceled more concerts on Friday as the musicians’ strike enters its third week.

Symphony management said it has canceled shows at Bass Hall including The Beat Goes On: Music of the Baby Boomers concert scheduled for Oct. 14-16 and the Elgar’s Enigma Variations concert scheduled for Nov. 4-6. A family concert in Southlake titled Halloween with Harry Potter has also been canceled.

“This was a difficult decision made after careful deliberation with the FWSOA executive committee, and was made to give our artists, regional presenters, venues, and vendors ample time to make alternative plans,” symphony president Amy Adkins said. “Our biggest regret is that we are unable to provide our devoted patrons with the experience of live symphonic music.”

Several community and educational concerts have also been canceled, symphony management said.

The musicians, who are represented by the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147, lambasted management’s decision to cancel concerts scheduled for more than a month away.

“While we stand ready to return to the negotiation table and work for an agreement that moves the FWSO forward in a way that promotes growth, health and responsibility, management has irresponsibly canceled concerts for more than a month out,” the union said in a statement. “This sadly indicates a lack of concern for the well being of the audiences we serve, many being children.”

Musicians and management have been in contract negotiations for more than 15 months with both sides far apart when it came to wages and benefits. The musicians have been on strike since Sept. 8.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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