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A Sudden Venue Change For Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


by Jessica Cross 9 Sep 2020 1:02 PM

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra won’t be performing at Bass Hall any time soon. The orchestra approached Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium as an alternate location.

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was notified by the company that manages Bass Hall that performances cannot happen this season at the iconic angel-clad building.

The Rossini, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn concert from September 18-20 will kick off the Fall Symphonic series. 

Performing Arts Fort Worth will extend the closure of Bass Performance Hall through at least the end of 2020.

Bass Performance Hall. Image via Shutterstock.

This announcement came as a surprise to FWSO just two weeks before the opening of its Symphonic Series. The orchestra approached Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium as an alternate location for the Fall Symphonic Series and performances.

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All FWSO performances will now take place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center venue beginning  September 18th and through at least December. The Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium is located at 3401 West Lancaster Avenue.

“We’re excited about opening on Friday with Asleep At The Wheel and also a week from Friday with our Fall Symphonic Series season opener,” said Keith Cerny, CEO and President of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. “We’re all working hard to get ready for that.”

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra says it will implement comprehensive COVID-19 testing for all musicians, crew and staff prior to each weekend of concerts. There will be social distancing on stage, regular temperature checks, acrylic screens, bell covers for woodwind and brass, and masks for the string section.

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For audiences, the FWSO has added assigned entry times with temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing during the performance, distanced seating in the performance chamber, and no intermissions. In addition, the company has moved its concert playbills to a digital format.

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