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FWSO’s Classical Masters Festival to showcase principal musicians

Vadym Kholodenko, 2013 Cliburn gold medalist, returns to a Fort Worth stage
Vadym Kholodenko, 2013 Cliburn gold medalist, returns to a Fort Worth stage Star-Telegram

Every August, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gives patrons a prelude to the season with a festival at Bass Hall. This year’s Classical Masters Festival is part two of a three-year series focusing on the symphonic music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

The festival, Aug. 26-28, will showcase the excellent principal musicians of the FWSO as soloists and for pre-concert performances — cellist Allan Steele, clarinetist Ana Victoria Luperi, violinists Michael Shih and Adriana DeCosta and violist Laura Bruton are scheduled to perform.

It also will mark the return of 2013 Cliburn winner and FWSO artistic partner Vadym Kholodenko to the Bass Hall stage after the deaths of his daughters forced him to cancel a concert with the orchestra last spring. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. The festival schedule and repertoire includes:

Aug. 26: FWSO with Luperi, principal clarinet (Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, “The Miracle”; Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio; and Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”). With a pre-concert performance at 6:30 p.m. by Kholodenko (Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Opus 22). 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall.

Aug. 27: FWSO with Steele, principal cello (Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo; Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1). With a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert performance by Kholodenko (Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331, “Alla Turca”). 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall.

Aug. 28: FWSO with Kholodenko (Haydn’s Overture to L’infedelta delusa; Mozart’s Symphony No. 25; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4). With a 1 p.m. pre-concert performance by Shih, DeCosta, Bruton and Steele (Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Opus 74, No. 3, “The Rider”). 2 p.m. at Bass Hall.

Three-day passes, $51-$192, and tickets for individual concerts, $20-$75, can be purchased by calling 817-665-6000 or online at www.fwsymphony.org.

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