Fort Worth Symphony announces 2016 Concerts in the Garden lineup

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Summer is officially in sight. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra today announced the lineup for its Concerts in the Garden series June 3-July 4.

Now in its 26th year, the annual summer music festival will present 16 outdoor concerts at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; fireworks will conclude each performance.

Musical offerings range from Star Wars to Green River Ordinance, with tributes to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Eagles and Journey in the mix.

New to the lineup is the legendary New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which will open the series. A celebration of Broadway favorites called “And the Tony Goes To ...” will salute the Great White Way, and a program called “Gershwin in the Garden” promises the American composer’s greatest hits. The full orchestra will play on 12 of the concerts; however, FWSO Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya will not conduct any of the series.

Tickets go on sale March 14 for FWSO subscribers and April 4 for the general public. Here’s a look at the full season:


June 3: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes the stage for an evening of New Orleans jazz, bringing the sounds of the Big Easy to Cowtown. (The orchestra does not perform.)

June 4: Classical Mystery Tour: Tribute band Classical Mystery Tour performs the Beatles’ classics, such as Hey Jude and Eleanor Rigby, with orchestration by the FWSO, under the direction of conductor Martin Herman.

June 5: Gershwin in the Garden: The orchestra, led by conductor Jeff Tyzik, is joined by pianist Andrew Staupe and Broadway vocalist Doug LeBrecque for a “ ’S Wonderful” evening of Gershwin’s greatest hits, including Rhapsody in Blue.

June 10: The Music of Pink Floyd: The orchestra and conductor Brent Havens — and a full rock band — celebrate the musical legacy of Pink Floyd with such hits as Money and Learning to Fly.

June 11: The Music of Journey: The orchestra and conductor Havens rock out to anthems of the ’70s and ’80s including Don’t Stop Believin’ and Any Way You Want It.

June 12: And the Tony Goes to…: On the night of the 2016 Tony Awards telecast, the orchestra, under conductor Ron Spigelman, salutes Broadway favorites from Cabaret, Chicago, Les Misérables and more. Joining the FWSO musicians will be Tony nominee Christiane Noll and Phantom of the Opera star Hugh Panaro.

June 17-18: Star Wars & Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular: In this family favorite, the orchestra, under the direction of Spigelman, peforms music from science-fiction films like “Star Wars,” including the newest movie, The Force Awakens. “Star Wars” characters will be on hand for photos, and a laser light show will accompany the music.

June 19: Asleep at the Wheel: Nine-time Grammy Award winner Asleep at the Wheel takes the stage for a concert of the best of Bob Wills and more Western swing favorites. (The orchestra does not perform.)

June 24: Lake Street Dive: Indie pop band Lake Street Dive will make its Concerts in the Garden debut on the heels of the February release of its newest album, Side Pony. (The orchestra does not perform.)

June 25: Green River Ordinance: Fort Worth-based band Green River Ordinance makes its third appearance at Concerts in the Garden, performing favorites Rise Up, Heart of Me and more. (The orchestra does not perform.)

June 26: Rock ON!: The orchestra and Spigelman welcome vocalists Mandy Gonzalez, LaKisha Jones and Jeremy Kushnier for a musical journey through the ages — from the ’60s to today — including music of the Who, Carole King and Whitney Houston.

July 1: The Music of the Eagles: Always a sell-out, this tribute concert features a full rock band and the orchestra conducted by Havens, performing such Eagles hits as Hotel California, Heartache Tonight and Desperado.

July 2-4: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic: The orchestra, under conductor Daniel Black, celebrates Independence Day with a concert of marches, military salutes and the biggest Fourth of July tradition of all, fireworks.

Concerts in the Garden

  • June 3-July 4
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  • Lawn tickets: $22, $28 at the gate. Children ages 10 and younger are free.
  • Table tickets: $30-$55 adults, $35-$60 at the gate; $15-$50 for children, $20-$55 at the gate.
  • Tickets go on sale March 14 for FWSO subscribers and April 4 for the general public.
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