Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth present A Halloween Concert at Arborlawn United Methodist, Oct. 30 at 7:00
Instrument Petting Zoo beings at 5:30! Get your costumes on, and get to Arborlawn United Methodist on October 30th at 7:00 for a family concert with the spooky sounds of symphonic music. Donations gratefully accepted toward the Musicians of the FWSO Fund.
Update: Thank you all for a full house!
Michael Shih, violin
Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth
Sunday, October 23 at 7:30
Symphony Musicians of Fort worth Will Perform Chamber Music at Near Southside's "ArtsGoggle", October 8
The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth chamber group will perform Saturday at 5:00 at ArtsGoggle, the annual free arts festival in the Near Southside.
Hear chamber music at 5:00 outside Avoca Coffee at 1311 W. Magnolia Ave. Visit our booth anytime from noon to 10PM. Enjoy music and arts of every kind at this family-friendly event. See you there!
Read here for more info about ArtsGoggle.
According to a detailed blog post by Scott Chamberlain, FWSO CEO Amy Adkins sent an email to her Board of Directors "in which she denigrates small-scale donors, urges board members to ignore the public". Because we believe every donor is important, the FWSO musicians started "The 109 Project", where supporters are welcome at any level. We challenge the Board and Ms. Adkins to rethink such a stance. Become a "109er" and give today. Thank you for the support!
The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth will perform Wind Serenades, Thursday October 13 at 7:00. Enjoy the lush, beautiful, blended sound of winds with brass. Suggested donation $5 for students, $10 for adults, to support the Musicians of the FWSO Fund.
4401 Trail Lake Drive
Fort Worth TX 76109
Conductor: David Hattner
Richard Strauss: Serenade in E-flat, Opus 7
Richard Strauss: Suite in B-flat, Opus 4
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for Wind Instruments, Opus 44
Note: The Star-Telegram received the following rebuttal to its 9/20/16 article on 9/23/16, and as of 9/27/16 at 9:00AM, it has not been published.
The Musicians of the FWSO would like to comment on FWSO Management's public statements made on 9/20/16. Ms. Adkins is quoted in the Star-Telegram article as stating "The union has not requested a meeting with us..." Apparently Ms. Adkins is unaware that the union is the Musicians and we have already repeatedly requested that Management return to the negotiating table in order to resolve the remaining issues with their recent Last, Best and Final offer. Canceling programs one week at a time, but with no movement toward a return to negotiations is punitive to the public, as well as the Musicians who are hoping for a resolution.
In a September 19 email sent to FWSO patrons, Management asserted that the “Union” and Musicians’ negotiating committee reversed course. This is false.
The key dispute between the Musicians and Management has nothing to do with the projected deficit, nor the fact that there have been deficits from losses over the last couple of years. The Musicians are always made fully aware of these challenges.
The real issue is that the Musicians took a 13.5% pay cut in 2010 worth $3 million, and saw no benefit from their sacrifice.
The Musicians do not dispute the projected $700,000 deficit, except perhaps to add that the FWSO carries no actual debt. The Musicians dispute management’s constant motto that “there is no more money in Fort Worth” for the following reasons:
Management has repeatedly referenced principal players' salaries in an attempt to disguise the fact that section Musicians, who represent the majority of the orchestra, will have their salary cut to $51,370. As a result, the Fort Worth Symphony salary would rank 33rd among the nation’s top 50 orchestras. The reason principal players have additional compensation is that they have more responsibilities, including performing solos with the orchestra and administrative duties outside of rehearsal time.
Management’s offer of “surplus sharing” seems disingenuous, considering Management projects a deficit every year. Given Management’s unwillingness over 15 months of negotiation to discuss any plan for growth, wouldn’t this contract language only encourage Management NOT to raise additional funds? Wouldn’t it be a greater incentive to have language that offers the Musicians a raise if Management does NOT hit their targeted fundraising goals?
Benefits: Health care, Vacation
As Management states, it is no surprise that health care costs are rising.
However, you may be surprised to learn:
Management says the “letters, emails and calls of encouragement confirm your understanding that the FWSO must be managed in a fiscally responsible manner for the long-term health of the Orchestra.”
Does this mean Management
Is the FWSO Management being fiscally responsible when they:
Update: Thanks to all for an amazing turnout! Read more in Edward Brown's article for the Fort Worth Weekly. In response to the cancellation of the FWSO “Music of David Bowie” concert on Saturday September 24, The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth are presenting a David Bowie tribute party of our own--called "BOWIE BLAST!"--on Sunday September 25 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Shipping and Receiving Bar, 201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
There will be live covers of Bowie’s music performed by area musicians, as well as some of the symphony musicians, themselves. There may even be opportunities for audience members to share the spotlight and perform a little Bowie Karaoke.
General admission is $5 per person to benefit the Musicians of the FWSO Fund, but admission is free to anyone who has proof of ticket purchase to Saturday night’s canceled FWSO concert at Bass Performance Hall.
Come rock out with The Symphony Musicians of Fort Worth!
More info here
Rehearsals are underway for Texas Ballet Theater's September 16-18 production of "Carmen+DGV", conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Read about our collaboration, and buy tickets today for this exciting program. See you at Winspear Opera House!