Letters to the Editor

Backing the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs "Sounds of New Orleans" in their pop series, with guest performer Byron Stripling on trumpet as well as vocals, and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs "Sounds of New Orleans" in their pop series, with guest performer Byron Stripling on trumpet as well as vocals, and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz. Special to the Star-Telegram

Backing the FWSO

I’ve been a Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra season ticket holder for many years.

The FWSO is an incredible asset to Fort Worth.

Having a full-time orchestra cements our city’s commitment to the quality of life of all of its residents.

I understand that the FWSO is positioning to reduce the number of performances offered by the orchestra and to reduce the wages of its talented performers.

This can only reduce the quality of the remaining performances, as lower wages will encourage the musicians to seek higher-paying positions, and young musicians will bypass Fort Worth to compete in other cities with higher pay.

I’m not sure when an elite professional orchestra becomes a good community orchestra, but I believe that it starts by reducing performances and cutting wages.

Please don’t do that to Fort Worth (or me). Let’s make sure the FWSO remains something the whole city is proud to call ours.

Jeff Kissell, Fort Worth

 

Eight years ago, my wife and I settled in Fort Worth.

It was an easy decision, given the pace of life in the city and the job opportunities open for multicultural individuals like us.

Among the virtues of Fort Worth, we found as No. 1 its cultural heritage and active cultural life, in which our symphony occupies a prominent place.

We migrated here from Mexico, both of us university professors.

We’ve lived in and visited many cities in Germany, England and the old U.S.S.R. They show with pride their cultural heritage through their support of the arts.

I appeal to you to support the musicians of the FWSO, so that the terms of the contract may keep them highly motivated and feeling that their art is well valued, as well as their personal and family needs.

Our city should continue to support a reputed symphony orchestra as a central part of the expression of the arts in our community.

Please let’s give a clear signal that the musicians of our FWSO matter, because they are part of the educational and cultural life that enriches our very existence.

Juan Barbarin-Castillo, Fort Worth

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