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Dynamic Duet: Youth Orchestra, Ballet Frontier join creative forces for event

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The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and Ballet Frontier of Texas in a collaborative fundraising event

Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

MOPAC Event Center

1615 Rogers Road

Fort Worth 76107

Tickets are $125. For more information, contact Dotty Hall at or call 817-271-9275.

What’s better than one evening of entertainment from a great performance group? An evening that includes two great performance groups.

The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and Ballet Frontier of Texas are teaming for their first collaborative fundraising event, “Dynamic Duet,” on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the MOPAC Event Center.

The evening will feature Ballet Frontier dancers accompanied by Youth Orchestra chamber music ensembles playing works ranging from Tchaikovsky to Strauss to The Beatles and more. The event will include a buffet dinner with drinks, with special cocktails provided by Black Eyed Distilling. There will also be a silent auction.

“Young artists are not given the credit or the exposure they deserve. With good training they move ahead quickly with their craft,” Youth Orchestra Executive Director Lee Warren said. “I am astounded with Ballet Frontier’s level of performance, and our young musicians are just as talented and prepared. Attendees may be surprised with what they see and hear that night.

“Supreme moments of live artistic performance cannot often be repeated exactly as before. While we hope to continue this event into the future, you will not want to miss the excitement of our young artists this first time they are performing together in this setting. I always like saying, “I remember them when …”

The ballet’s artistic adviser, Enrica Tseng, said, “Art patrons are mostly attracted and aware of professional groups or touring companies that come in town. Our community is filled with local talented young artists that need to be exposed and recognized.

“The facility of MOPAC brings to the event a youthful and dynamic setup.”

Along with developing young talent, both organizations serve as ambassadors to Fort Worth. For example, last year the ballet company performed in Seoul, South Korea. In June 2017, the orchestra toured Austria, performing in Mozarteum University’s famous Grand Hall in Salzburg and in composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s beautiful concert hall at Estherházy Palace at Eisenstadt.

“The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and Ballet Frontier have enjoyed performance partnerships for quite a while now, and many of our goals and hopes and dreams are similar for our young artists,” Warren said. “When presented with the idea of this collaboration by a board member who serves on both the FWYO and Ballet Frontier Board, Becky Mingle, it actually was a natural extension of our partnership.

“Working with live musicians comes with added challenges to dancers that color their experience. In terms of professional training opportunities, this is invaluable to both groups of performers.”

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