The Arts Council of Brownwood has announced that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform at Brownwood High School’s Dorothy Macintosh Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
The orchestra will perform Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Flute and Orchestra and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. It is visiting Brownwood as part of its Community Concerts series and will be conducted by the symphony’s assistant conductor Daniel Black.
According to his Fort Worth Symphony bio, Black is an “accomplished composer” with a “strong connection to the Russian tradition of conducting.” He conducted over 60 concerts for the Fort Worth Symphony’s 2014-15 season.
Jake Fridkis will feature as a flute soloist during the concert. His bio describes him as “one of the leading flutists of his generation” and a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Music.
Arts Council treasurer Dean Kiesling said the concert will provide a rare experience for local residents. “The majority of people in Brownwood don’t have opportunities to hear a live symphony orchestra,” Kiesling said. “Particularly our students.”
Kiesling said the symphony will also perform two concerts for Brownwood ISD students on Friday morning. It will do separate shows for third and fourth-graders and for fifth and sixth-graders.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1912. It performs about 200 concerts each year and is the principal resident company of the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth.
The symphony last visited Brownwood in 2015. “We’re trying to … bring them in every two years,” Kiesling said.
Tickets for the concert are $10, while students get in free with a school ID. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.brownwoodartscouncil.org.
The performance was made possible by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.