Fort Worth Symphony announces 2019 Concerts in the Garden lineup

Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra have announced the appointment of three new musicians in the trombone, horn, and viola sections.

Joseph Dubas is the newly-appointed Principal Trombone. Two one-year appointments were also awarded to Nikolette LaBonte, Principal Horn, and Anna Kolotylina, Principal Viola, the symphony said in a news release.

Dubas joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2019. Prior to his appointment in the FWSO, he held positions in the Richmond Symphony and Sarasota Orchestra.

He studied at Northwestern University where he was a student of Michael Mulcahy, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, R. Douglas Wright and Christopher Davis.

Joseph has been a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival and the Music Academy of West, where he was a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition. In 2017, he won the International Trombone Association Lewis Van Haney Prize.

Ukrainian violist Anna Kolotylina began playing violin at the age of 5. While in school, she performed as a soloist with a Lutsk Philharmonic Orchestra and was part of famous Ukrainian ensemble “Volyniany” which maintains a robust touring schedule throughout the Slovak Republic, Poland, Austria, Luxemburg, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

In 1999 and 2001 Kolotylina won a First Prize and Grand Prix at the Regional Competition in Lutsk and participated in the Kiev National Competition receiving the prestigious “New Name in Ukraine” award.

LaBonte, a native of South Florida, is currently serving as the principal horn of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She joined the FWSO in 2019 and is currently on leave from her position as Associate/Assistant/Utility Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra where she has served since 2016.

In addition to the FWSO and RPO, LaBonte has held positions with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Oahu Choral Society and has had had the opportunity to perform with orchestras across the country including the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Syracuse-based Symphoria.

The music of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Elvis and Queen will highlight the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 29th season of Concerts in the Garden Summer Music Festival.

This year’s concert series will also include traditional favorites such as the music of Mozart, the 1812 Overture and a patriotic tribute among the 17 outdoor concerns at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden June 7-July 7.

A fireworks show will accompany every concert. The full orchestra will perform at 15 or the 17 concerts.

The series kicks off June 7 with a tribute to Women rock singers and songwriters such as Tina Turner, Carole King, and Pat Benatar.

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New this year, the symphony is offering passes for multiple performances at a discount. Two packages will available. The full festival pass includes admission for all 14 musical programs (some are duplicates). A mini-pass will include a selection of five programs.

Benefits for pass-holders include a savings of 15 percent on concert tickets, early access to purchase tickets and parking passes, priority entrance lines and discounts for FWSO apparel at the gift shop.

Presale tickets for symphony subscribers and donors begin March 25. Festival pass sales will open to the public on April 1. Individual concert tickets will go on sale to the public on April 8.

Lawn tickets are $25 and children age 10 and under are admitted free with a ticket if accompanied by an adult. Table seats are $37 to $67 with half-price seating for children age 10 and under in some sections.

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For more information to purchase tickets, visit or call 817-655-6000.

Concert schedule:

June 7: Women Rock

June 8: The Music of Harry Potter

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June 9: Mozart in the Garden: A little Night Music

June 14: The Music of U2

June 15: The Music of Led Zeppelin

June 16: 1812 Overture and Symphonic Sparklers

June 21: Asleep at the Wheel

June 22: Classical Mystery Tour (Beatles music)

June 23: A Tribute to Elvis with Kraig Parker

June 28: The Music of Pink Floyd

June 29: The Music of Queen

June 30: ABBAcadarbra

July 3-4: Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

July 5-7: Star Wars & Beyond: A sci-Fi Laser Light Spectacular