Fort Worth Symphony celebrates 245 years of America in Fourth of July concert

As an ode to the country’s perseverance throughout the past year, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announced June 28 it will host a special, socially distanced America Strong concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on July 4, 2021.

The one-night-only performance will feature more than 60 minutes of music from the orchestra and world-renowned opera singers.

“As the chairman of the FWSO board, I am so proud of how this organization has continued to perform live during this pandemic. The gift of live music continues to provide a healing power to communities during some of the most trying times,” said Mercedes T. Bass, chair of the orchestra board.

“The America Strong 2021 concert will feature leading composers and opera singers who represent the very fabric of our country and join the orchestra in performing for a live, socially distanced audience,” she said. “This is our gift to the Fort Worth community and beyond for showing such resilience over the past year of this pandemic. We invite all of you to join us at Dickies Arena on July 4 for this celebratory concert.”

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“The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be presenting and broadcasting our Fourth of July America Strong 2021 concert from Dickies Arena again this year after a record-setting broadcast in 2020,” said Keith Cerny, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. “We are particularly pleased to welcome Morris Robinson and Latonia Moore to Fort Worth. I’ve worked with these extraordinary singers in the past and am thrilled to bring them into the Fort Worth community for a concert celebrating the strength of our great country.”

The America Strong concert will feature prominent composers and musicians from across the globe. Beginning with John Stafford Smith’s Star Spangled Banner, patrons will be surrounded by a united spirit of patriotism and passion before moving to the brilliant Lightspeed – Fanfare for Orchestra by Texas Christian University’s own up-and-coming composer Kevin Day.

While the rest of the program will remain under wraps until the day of the show, the FWSO crafted a lineup to bring together a diverse range of music, performers and composers for DFW to enjoy, the symphony said in a news release.

Moore, a Texas-raised Metropolitan Opera star soprano, and Robinson, world renowned opera bass and former All-America college football player, will join the FWSO for the America Strong concert.

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Both Moore and Robinson have performed with the Metropolitan Opera and are highly respected within the classical music industry.

Works by leading Black and Latin American composers, including Kevin Day, Adolphus Hailstork, and Jimmy Lopez, will be featured on this program to create space for composers of color in America’s patriotic repertoire.

Similar to the FWSO’s 2020 America Strong performance, this year’s concert will be broadcast live by WFAA on Channel 8 on July 4, 2021. Check local listings for broadcast time.

For those wanting to attend the event in person, tickets are available to the public through Ticketmaster in pods of two, three or four seats, and pricing begins at $29.30 per person.

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