Church and Stateat Stage West

Church and State
at Stage West

KEEPING THE FAITH

Stage West presents Jason Odell Williams’ fast-paced dramedy Church & State.

A political candidate sharing his raw feelings about a hot button issue with the voting public during a campaign rally: what could possibly go wrong? It’s risky business, in Jason Odell Willliams’ timely political comedy-with-a-twist Church & State, which begins a 4-week regional premiere run on Thursday, January 27 in the Jerry Russell Theatre at Stage West.

North Carolina Senator Charles Whitmore has a problem. Even though he’s a well-liked guy with solid bipartisan appeal, his re-election is not looking like a slam-dunk.  And then, his off-the-cuff remark after a funeral for two school shooting victims goes viral. Now it’s damage control time.  Both his New York liberal campaign manager and his charming conservative wife are in agreement—he should walk back his remark.  But Whitmore wants to be true to himself, come what may.  What to do?  

Whitmore’s decision leads to a surprising result, and there’s more than one twist to come.  Jason Odell Williams has crafted a deft mixture of comedy and drama, with characters who are both comic and utterly human.  This play is sure to make audiences laugh…and think.

“Excellent…both human and humane, keeps you guessing” – Chicago Tribune

Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer as well as an award-winning playwright and novelist. Hailed as a “postmodern Clifford Odets” by the L.A. Times and “this country’s newest Eugene O’Neill” by the Santa Monica Daily Press, his play Church & State was nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Awards. Church & State was selected to be an NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions in Los Angeles and Rochester before running for over 100 performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Jason’s first play Handle With Care was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, ran for over 100 performances Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence, has been produced over twenty times since 2011 in the U.S. and Canada, and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Production. Other plays include Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre), Someone Else (NC Stage), The Science of Guilt (DR2), Going Offline (Fells Point Corner Theatre), The Jungle Gym (American Globe Theatre). Jason was a winner of the 2012 Hudson Valley Writers’ Center contest and the winner of the 2011 Fixitsolife Theatre playwriting contest. He lives in New York City with wife and daughter. More at jasonodellwilliams.com

Church & State will be directed by Jenna Burnett.  The cast features Ashley Wood, last at Stage West as Dr. Evans in Holmes and Watson, as Charlie, with Shannon J. McGrann, who appeared as Nora in Stage West’s A Doll’s House Part 2, as wife Sara. Ryan Michael Friedman, last at Stage West as Love in Everybody, will appear as Tom, Marshall, Reporter, and Security Guy.  And making her Stage West debut is Madeline Dockery-Furhmann, seen as Emilia in Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare in the Bar, as Alex. 

Set design is by Natalie Rose Mabry, with lighting design by Jared Land, costume design by Amanda Capshaw, sound design by Jake Nice, projection design by Philip Vilar, and props and set décor by Lynn Lovett.

Church & State will preview Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 and Friday, January 28 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, February 20.  All Sunday matinees will be Safe Sundays, with proof of vaccination required. Masks are required for all performances. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00.  Ticket prices for the season are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for the two preview performances.  Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).  Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.  

Members of the media may attend Saturday, January 29, or any performance thereafter.

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2022–2023 Season

Robert Spano’s Inaugural Season as Music Director

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announces the 2022–2023 season programming for the Symphonic, Pops, Chamber, Meet the Composer, and Family Series, six special one-night-only concerts, the much-anticipated return of Concerts in the Garden and a special Gala Concert performance including internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In calendar 2021, the FWSO made two significant artistic appointments: Robert Spano as Music Director, and Kevin John Edusei as Principal Guest Conductor. The 2022-2023 season reflects Maestro Spano’s artistic vision including several important new elements. The FWSO is expanding the Symphonic season from 10 to 11 weekends, and the Pops season from 7 to 8 weekends, allowing the FWSO to present even more inspiring guest artists and conductors. The FWSO will be partnering with two outstanding ensembles – the Texas Ballet Theater and vocal group Seraphic Fire – and presenting Chamber Music concerts and Meet the Composer lectures at the Kimbell Art Museum. Many of the concerts will incorporate stirring visual images and projections into our concert series, adding a new dimension to the audience’s concertgoing experience.

“The Board of Directors and I look forward to Robert Spano’s much-anticipated inaugural season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,” said Chairman of the Board Mercedes T. Bass. “Maestro Spano will lead this orchestra to new artistic heights as a fully-fledged member of the Fort Worth community which brings me unparalleled joy ahead of the coming season.”

 “As we welcome Robert Spano to Fort Worth in his official capacity as Music Director, I am thrilled that this new era for the orchestra is coming to fruition,” said President and CEO, Keith Cerny Ph.D. “Working with Maestro Spano on the development and planning of the artistic vision for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has been an exceptionally positive collaboration, and I am delighted to present the 2022–2023 season with his clear programmatic influence.” 

 “In my first season as Music Director with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra I am thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many brilliant conductors and soloists, and to be presenting programs that promise to be so varied and exhilarating,” said Music Director Designate Robert Spano. “As the 2022-23 season inches closer, I get more and more excited to move to Fort Worth and become part of this vibrant city, and to work with this orchestra, whose members are clearly devoted to preserving a rich legacy and history.”

 “The opportunity to serve as the Principal Guest Conductor for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as my first appointment in the United States is an experience I will cherish,” said Principal Guest Conductor Kevin John Edusei. “To be a part of this trailblazing American orchestra which is so clearly committed to artistic growth is truly exciting, and I look forward to beginning my tenure in the 2022–2023 season.”

Symphonic Season Overview

During the 2022–2023 season, the FWSO will perform eleven Symphonic Series concerts.

Featured soloists include Jorge Federico Osario, piano; Joe Lovano, saxophone; Joyce Yang, piano; Michael Shih, violin; Christine Brewer, soprano; Benjamin Baker, violin; Gil Shaham, violin; Jake Fridkis, flute; Sterling Elliot, cello; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Nmon Ford, baritone; Seraphic Fire, chorus

Guest conductors include Edo de Waart, Delyana Lazarova, Dame Jane Glover, and Roberto Abbado.

• A New Musical Era Begins: Brahms, Beethoven, and Schubert – September 9–11, 2022: Robert Spano, conductor; Jorge Federico Osario, piano

Pianist Jorge Federico Osario kicks off the 2022-23 season with Beethoven’s triumphal “Emperor” piano concerto, a work of surging euphoria and unrivaled majesty. In this opening night celebration, FWSO Music Director Robert Spano will bring to life Brahms’ lyric Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schubert’s mysterious “Unfinished” symphony.

 The grandeur of Beethoven’s “Emperor” piano concerto, the mystery of Schubert’s “Unfinished” symphony and the charm of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn make for a quintessentially classical evening.

• Rachmaninoff’s Thirds – October 14–16, 2022: Edo de Waart, conductor; Joyce Yang, Piano

Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto is a gorgeous but grueling test of a soloists’ mettle. Don’t miss superstar pianist Joyce Yang — who rose to stardom when she took silver in the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition — takes on this mammoth concerto before the FWSO turns to the Russian giant’s celebrated Symphony No. 3, a work Rachmaninoff himself called one of his finest creations. Distinguished conductor Edo de Waart leads this exceptional concert. 

A ferocious cadenza early in Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto separates the students from the masters in this all-Rachmaninoff program that also include the sublime Symphony No. 3.

• A Trip to Harlem: Bernstein, Ellington, Gershwin, and Douglas J. Cuomo – October 28–30, 2022: Robert Spano, conductor; Joe Lovano, saxophone; Douglas J. Cuomo, visiting composer

Experience an elegant evening of jazz in this homage to some of America’s greatest music, with works by A-listers like Bernstein, Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. Plus, the FWSO continues to propel classical music forward with a world premiere by noted film, television, and concert music composer Douglas J. Cuomo.

• A Trip to St. Petersburg: Glinka, Glazunov, and Tchaikovsky – November 18–20, 2022: Delyana Lazarova, conductor; Michael Shih, violin

With more than 20 years serving as the orchestra’s lieutenant-general under his belt, FWSO concert-master Michael Shih steps into the spotlight to deliver Glazunov’s masterful Violin Concerto. This all-Russian program launches with Glinka’s spirited Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila and wraps up with a searing blast of fate music: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. 

• Wagner Highlights – November 18–20, 2022: Robert Spano, conductor; Christine Brewer, soprano

Marvel at some of the greatest moments in the operatic repertoire as FWSO Music Director Robert Spano delves into the music of Richard Wagner. “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre, the Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung. It’s the perfect evening for Wagnerites and newcomers to the genre alike. The program will include images by famed British illustrator Arthur Rackham.

• Classical and Neo-Classical: Prokofiev, Beethoven, Mozart, and Stacey Garrop – January 6–7, 2023: Dame Jane Glover, conductor; Benjamin Baker, violin; Stacy Garrop, visiting composer

Composer Stacy Garrop’s Spectacle of Light begins with “a single firework illuminates the sky, followed by a massive eruption of light, color, and sound,” according to the composer herself. This concert also kicks off with another burst of color, Prokofiev’s “Classical” symphony, followed by Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and wraps up with Mozart’s cherished Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.

• Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky: Mahler and Tchaikovsky – March 10–12, 2023: Robert Spano, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin

The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto remains one of the finest gems in the repertoire, and there is perhaps no better interpreter of this work than world-renowned superstar violinist Gil Shaham. Thrill to the sweeping lyricism of the first two movements and the reckless abandon of the finale before the orchestra confronts Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 1.

• Jake Fridkis in Concert: Schumann, Reinecke, and Liszt – March 24–26, 2023: Roberto Abbado, conductor; Jake Fridkis, flute

FWSO principal flute Jake Fridkis steps to the front of the stage to perform Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, a work of nimble grace and charm that showcases the flute’s lyrical and technical capabilities. The evening opens with Schumann’s stately Symphony No. 4 and closes with Liszt’s innovative Les Préludes, the first symphonic poem on record.

• A Night at the Ballet: Brian Raphael Nabors, Humperdinck, Griffes, Ravel, and Stravinsky – April 21–23, 2023: Robert Spano, conductor; Texas Ballet Theater; Ben Stevenson O.B.E., choreographer; Brian Raphael Nabors, visiting composer

In a unique artistic collaboration, the Texas Ballet Theater leaps onstage for a join program with the FWSO of sultry favorites including Stravinsky’s evocative Suite from The Firebird, Griffes’ tantalizing Pleasure Dome of Kubla Kahn and more. Balancing out the program is Of Earth & Sky: Tales from the Motherland, a world premiere work by Alabama native Brian Raphael Nabors, a rising star in the world of composition whose music has already been performed by some of this country’s greatest orchestras.

• Elgar’s Enigma Variations: Strauss, Saint-Säens, and Elgar – May 5–7, 2023: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Sterling Elliot, cello

Music Director Laureate Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to lead the FWSO in a memorable evening. In a brilliant bit of musical mischief, Edward Elgar said that the melody to “Enigma” fits perfectly with another melody, but more than 100 years later, the finest musical minds have yet to settle on a definitive answer to the riddle. Join us to experience Miguel’s returns to the podium to direct Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Strauss’ rapturous Tod und Verklärung (“Death and Transfiguration”). Cellist Sterling Elliot, winner of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition, also makes his debut with the orchestra in Saint-Säens’ fiery Cello Concerto No. 1.

• Haydn: The Creation – May 19–21, 2023: Robert Spano, conductor; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; Nmon Ford, baritone; Serpahic Fire, chorus; Elaine J. McCarthy, visual design

At the end lies a new beginning, as the FWSO closes out Robert Spano’s inaugural season with the FWSO with Haydn’s monumental Creation, a dramatic oratorio for vocal soloists, orchestra and choir that renders the Biblical text in music. The Miami-based vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire joins the orchestra in this special “Theater of a Concert” while acclaimed visual artist Elaine J. McCarthy — whose work has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, on Broadway and more — lends her talents to bring this ambitious production to life.

Pops Season Overview

The 2022–2023 Pops Series programming will contain 8 concert weekends with a variety of music including film scores, popular genres, and annual family favorites such as “Home for the Holidays.” All performances will take place at Bass Performance Hall except Star Wars which will be presented at the Will Rogers Auditorium. 

• National Geographic Symphony for Our World – August 26–28, 2022:Scott Terrell, conductor

Symphony for Our World combines National Geographic’s intimate portraits of wildlife with an original score by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music, performed by live symphony orchestra and choir. This moving experience takes audiences on a breathtaking journey from the depths of our mysterious seas to the great heights of our majestic skies in a powerful tribute to the beauty and wonders of our world.

Queens of Soul – September 2–4, 2022: Byron Stripling, conductor; Shayna Steele, vocalist

He conducts, he plays the trumpet, he sings, he dances — ladies and gentlemen please welcome the inimitable Byron Stripling to the stage for an unforgettable night as he explores the music of soul. Stripling, who made a name for himself performing with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and more, will lead the FWSO in a tribute performance that spotlights musical royalty like Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Adele.

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration –October 21–23, 2022: Carl Topilow, conductor; Scarlett Strallen, vocalist; Hugh Panaro, vocalist; William Michaels, vocalist

Harken back to the golden age of musical theater when one of the greatest writing duos in history had their heyday and launched a run of award-winning Broadway shows including

Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and more.

Home for the Holidays– November 25–27, 2022: Stuart Chafetz, conductor; N’Kenge, vocalist; Lone Star Youth Chorus

Catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for another magnificent installment of every family’s favorite holiday tradition, complete with magical snowfall and Christmas carols.

Star Wars: A New Hope–December 16–18, 2022: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra takes you on a journey as young farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into a galaxy of adventure when he intercepts a distress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Be there as the orchestra plays John Williams’ beloved score live as you are whisked to a galaxy far, far away in this breathtaking film experience.

Twist & Shout: The Music of the Beatles– February 3–5, 2023: Byron Stripling, conductor

Twist & Shout celebrates The Beatles in America, beginning with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, and following their journey through the USA including highlights from their Shea Stadium and Hollywood Bowl appearances that brought Beatlemania and the British invasion into the hearts of Americans everywhere.

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown – March 3–5, 2023: William Waldrop, conductor

From 1961 to 1971, Motown Records had more than 100 hits in the top 10 hits. That kind of success didn’t come by accident — founder Berry Gordy Jr. had a true knack for identifying soul artists with a mainstream pop appeal who would flip the music world on its head. Hear hits by Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and more.

Pink Martini – April 28–30, 2023: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Featuring a dozen musicians and a setlist of songs in 25 languages, the band Pink Martini is a globetrotting musical ambassador for the melting pot that is America. Originally founded in Portland as a cure to the “unneighborly” music of political fundraisers, the band now has a listenership all around the world and regularly performs its distinctive blend of classical, pop, Latin, and jazz music with top orchestras around the country.

Chamber Music Series Overview

The 2022–2023 Chamber Music Series at the Kimbell Art Museum expands from two performances to three and puts the audience closer to the music than any other series on the season with the performance taking place in the intimate Renzo Piano Pavilion. 

• Robert Spano Performs Chamber Music–November 13, 2022, at 2:00 PM:Robert Spano, piano; Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano; FWSO musicians

Robert Spano himself, the FWSO’s Music Director Designate and an accomplished pianist, launches the Kimbell Chamber Series with a stirring song cycle of his own composition, the Sonnets to Orpheus, with Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. Enjoy a more intimate FWSO concert experience as Spano is joined by members of the orchestra for the Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor, the “crown of his chamber music,” while Debussy’s ethereal Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp balances the program exquisitely.

• From Despair to Hope: Messiaen and Mozart –March 19, 2023, at 2:00 PM: Robert Spano, piano; FWSO musicians

Talk about impossible odds: Messiaen wrote the first sketches Quatuor pour la fin du temps (“Quartet for the End of Time”) as a prisoner in Germany during World War II for himself and fellow musician prisoners, who premiered the work at the camp. Be there when pianist Robert Spano and musicians of the FWSO bring to life the anguished voices of the birds of Messiaen’s best-known work as well as Brahms’ transformative Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn.

• Three Chamber Music Masters: Mozart, Poulenc, and Lutosławski –May 14, 2023, at 2:00 PM: Robert Spano, piano; FWSO musicians and Guests

The breeziness of Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” trio for clarinet, viola, and piano is inherent, as the melodies came to him during a friendly afternoon at skittles, a game similar to our duckpin bowling. The atmosphere remains vivacious and playful for Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet before the Kimbell Chamber Series closes with a selection of chamber works by the 20th-century master Lutosławski, often described as Poland’s most inspired composer since Chopin.

Meet the Composer Series Overview

New to the FWSO in the 2022–2023 season, the Meet the Composer Series at the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum is an opportunity for listeners to learn more about composers and their works either from the composer themselves or a musicologist who specializes in the featured composer.

• Composer Douglas J. Cuomo –October 13, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Kimbell Art Museum: Featured composer and speaker Douglas J. Cuomo will discuss his piece a raft a sky, a wild sea which the FWSO will present the world premiere performance of on the October 14–16, 2022 concerts under Robert Spano at Bass Performance Hall.

• Composer Stacy Garrop –January 5, 2023, at 6:00 PM at Kimbell Art Museum: Featured composer and speaker Stacy Garrop will discuss her piece “Spectacle of Light” which will be performed on the January 6–7 concert under the baton of Dame Jane Glover at Bass Performance Hall.

• Musicologist Robert Greenberg –February 2, 2023, at 6:00 PM at Kimbell Art Museum: Robert Greenberg will speak on the legacy of Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams ahead of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Gala Concert and Dinner featuring iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

• Composer Brian Raphael Nabors – April 20, 2023, at 6:00 PM at Kimbell Art Museum: Composer Brian Raphael Nabors will return to Fort Worth after a successful debut performance with the orchestra in the 2021–2022 season and will speak to attendees about his work Of Earth & Sky: Tales from the Motherland which will receive its world premiere performances conducted by Robert Spano at Bass Performance Hall on April 21–23.

Family Series Overview

The 2022–2023 Family Series provides age-appropriate programming, performance times, and concert lengths that creates a symphonic experience for newcomers of all ages.

• Dancing with the FWSO Stars! – September 17, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Bass Performance Hall: Explore all types of dance music from around the world. From traditional to folk, and from ballet to modern, come hear how an orchestra shakes their bones as we travel through different cultures utilizing the rhythmic power of dance and music.

• Heroes at the Symphony –February 4, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Bass Performance Hall: Get your cape ready to celebrate the most memorable musical themes of heroes and heroines. The FWSO showcases what being a hero means, from Beethoven to Superman. Hear all your favorites from blockbusters like Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, The Incredibles, The Avengers, Star Wars, and more!

• Wild Symphony –March 4, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Bass Performance Hall:#1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Brown made his picture book debut with Wild Symphony: a mindful, humorous, musical, and uniquely entertaining book – and he even wrote the music too! Travel through the trees and across the seas with Maestro Mouse and his musical friends! You’ll meet a big blue whale and speedy cheetahs, tiny beetles, and graceful swans. Each has a special secret to share.

Special Concerts and Gala

There are six one-night-only concerts in the 2022–2023 season including the Gala Concert and Dinner, two performances led by Principal Guest Conductor Designate Kevin John Edusei, the Three American Tenors, the return of Handel’s Messiah, and the annual New Year’s Eve concert.

• Handel’s Messiah –December 10, 2022, at 7:30 PM at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium:  Julian Wachner, conductor; Molly Netter, soprano; Steven Soph, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass; University of North Texas Vox Aquilae

Be there for the return of Handel’s masterpiece come alive as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, UNT Vox Aquilae Chorus, and spectacular soloists perform this stirring music—played the way Handel himself would have heard his Messiah.

• New Year’s Eve: ABBA The Concert – December 31, 2022, at 7:30 PM, Bass Performance Hall: Robert Franz, conductor; ABBA The Concert

With sold-out shows at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Highland Park in Chicago, it’s easy to see why many critics agree ABBA The Concert is the most amazing and authentic ABBA tribute show in the world.

• Edusei Conducts: An Evening of Brahms, Schumann, and Howard –February 11, 2023, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall, Texas Christian University:Kevin John Edusei, conductor; Michael Shih, violin; Allan Steele, cello

This one-night-only special concert will be conducted by newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor Kevin John Edusei in the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at Texas Christian University.

• Annual Gala Concert and Dinner with Yo-Yo Ma –February 25, 2023, at 7:00 PM at Bass Performance Hall: Robert Spano, conductor; Yo-Yo Ma, cello

For one-night-only, witness the ultimate artistic mastery of Yo-Yo Ma, one of classical music’s best-recognized figures and ambassadors. From performances in the White House to children’s television shows and, lately, small community centers for everyday Americans, Ma is the consummate artist, renowned as much for his generosity of spirit and humility as for his musical ability.

Run, don’t walk, to the box office to book tickets for an unforgettable performance of composer Edward Elgar’s final great offering, the Cello Concerto, a work of unparalleled pathos, its simplicity allowing performers to cut through to listeners’ emotional cores in the most profound manner. To open this special evening, Robert Spano conducts another English masterpiece, Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 2, “A London Symphony,” setting the stage for the splendor to come.

• Three American Tenors –May 13, 2023, at 7:30 PM: Robert Spano, conductor; Michael Fabiano, vocalist; Bryan Hymel, vocalist; Matthew Polenzani, vocalist

Three of the most sought-after tenors of the 21st century perform an exciting and varied program of classic opera arias, Broadway favorites, and American standards

• Edusei Conducts: An Evening of Kodály, Mozart, and Brahms –June 2, 2023, at 7:30 PM at Bass Performance Hall:  Kevin John Edusei, conductor; Joshua Elmore, bassoon

Principal Guest Conductor Kevin John Edusei will conduct this special concert will be the orchestra’s final performance in Bass Performance Hall for the 2022–2023 season.

Concerts in the Garden

After two years without Fort Worth’s summer staple, the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Concerts in the Garden festival is returning to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Instead of five weeks with performances Friday through Sunday, the FWSO will be presenting three weeks with the most popular concerts Thursday through Sunday and two Fourth of July Celebration concerts

• Asleep at the Wheel–Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• Jackopierce – Friday, June 17, 2022, at 8:15 PM

The Music of The Eagles – Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• Sarah Jaffe – Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• Classical Mystery Tour –Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• The Music of Pink Floyd – Friday, June 24, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• Star Wars and Beyond – Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• Star Wars and Beyond – Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• The Music of The Rolling Stones – Friday, July 1, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• The Music of Queen – Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 8:15 PM

July 4th Celebration – Sunday, July 3, 2022, at 8:15 PM

• July 4th Celebration – Monday, July 4, 2022, at 8:15 PM

Ticket Information

Subscriptions for the 2022–2023 season go on sale April 4, 2022, and can be purchased by calling 817-665-6000 or online at fwsymphony.org. Symphonic 11- concert subscription package for the 2022–2023 season range in price from $220.00 –$869.00. Pops 8- concert subscription packages range from $236–$668.

Single tickets will go on sale July 18, 2022, for 2022–2023 regular season concerts. Concerts in the Garden single tickets will go on sale April 11, 2022.

For tickets to all FWSO concerts, contact the FWSO Ticket Office at 817-665-6000 or visit www.fwsymphony.org

About Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is deeply committed to uniting its community through performance, education, and outreach, reaching an audience of more than 200,000 annually. Since its beginnings in 1912, the FWSO has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts. As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a full season of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and works by living composers. The Orchestra performs and partners with the Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn, and Performing Arts Fort Worth. Each summer at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the FWSO presents Concerts in the Garden – a series of family-friendly concerts that has become a city-wide tradition. Additionally, the orchestra hosts an annual Festival of Orchestras, providing an opportunity for non-professional orchestras across the state of Texas to perform in Bass Performance Hall. The FWSO keeps exceptional musical experiences at the heart of its community. After all—life is better with music! For more information, visit fwsymphony.org.

 

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Space of Hate will be Space of Truth, Reconciliation, and Liberation

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TRANSFORM 1012 N. MAIN STREET ACQUIRES KU KLUX KLAN KLAVERN NO. 101 AUDITORIUM IN FORT WORTH

The building purchase marks a watershed moment in transforming a space once dedicated to hate into a space of community healing, liberation, and reparative justice.

Transform 1012 N. Main Street (T1012), a Texas-based, non-profit coalition of local arts, grassroots, and service organizations as well as pro bono partners and individuals, is proud to announce the purchase of the former Ku Klux Klan Klavern No. 101 Auditorium in Fort Worth. The acquisition, which served as the driving force behind the formation of the T1012 coalition in 2019, signals a momentous step in the movement toward transforming the building, once a monument to hate and violence, into The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing, a space of truth, reconciliation, and liberation for the nation.

The purchase of the building was made possible by a generous grant from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation and the mobilization efforts of the T1012 Founding Board, a pluri-cultural, shared leadership collective of eight local organizations: DNAWORKS, LGBTQ SAVES, Opal Lee Foundation, SOL Ballet Folklórico, Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Welman Project, Window to Your World, and the 1012 Youth Council. Project funders also include: Atmos Energy, as part of their Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities initiative; the Ford Foundation; MASS Design Group; The National Endowment for the Arts; and Tecovas Foundation.

“I envision a crossroads where all of Fort Worth can gather; where every cultural group feels a sense of belonging, of being seen, represented, and listened to; where we celebrate the richness of our individual cultures freely and openly; and where repairing past harm and damage leads to greater respect and appreciation, creativity, and love—of self and one another,” said Daniel Banks, Ph.D., Board Chair and Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of DNAWORKS, a founding organization of T1012.

The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing will honor the life and memory of Mr. Fred Rouse, a Black butcher who was lynched by a White mob in Fort Worth in 1921. With this reparative justice project, T1012 seeks to return resources to the communities that were targeted for marginalization and violence by the KKK. Adaptive reuse plans include transforming the space into a vibrant cultural hub with: a state-of-the-art performance space; arts training and programming; services for underserved and LGBTQ+ youth; exhibit spaces dedicated to social justice and civil rights; a makerspace and tool library for local DIY classes; meeting spaces for racial equity and leadership workshops and community events; an outdoor urban agriculture and artisan marketplace; and affordable live/work spaces for artists- and entrepreneurs-in-residence.

“As a child, my family lost our home to 500+ people, and I don’t know if they were Klansmen or what they were, but they didn’t want us in the neighborhood,” said community and Juneteenth activist and Founding Board Member Dr. Opal Lee. “I want people to know that they can work together, live together, play together — and this building personifies that to me.”

Founding members of the T1012 board include Daniel Banks (DNAWORKS), Vanessa Barker (The Welman Project), Freddy Cantú (SOL Ballet Folklórico), Ayesha Ganguly (Window to Your World), Sharon Herrera (LGBTQ SAVES), Jacora Johnson (1012 Youth Council), Dr. Opal Lee (Dr. Opal Lee’s Foundation), Adam McKinney (Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice), Román Ramírez (SOL Ballet Folklórico), and Taylor Willis (The Welman Project).

T1012 is a proud member of The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memorials dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in different regions of the world. Additional partners include J.L. Powers & Associates, MASS Design Group, The Projects Group, Saira Jasmine Concepts, SpawGlass, and United Way of Tarrant County.

ABOUT TRANSFORM 1012 N. MAIN STREET

When the Ku Klux Klan Auditorium, located at 1012 N. Main Street, opened in 1924, Fort Worth had one of the largest KKK memberships in the United States and the building was the KKK’s headquarters in Texas. The brick behemoth was designed and located to intimidate Northside Black, Hispanic, and immigrant residents returning home from the city center. Transform 1012 N. Main Street (T1012) is a non-profit coalition of local arts, grassroots, and service organizations as well as pro bono partners and individuals working to transform 1012 N. Main Street into The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing. The T1012 Board models a pluri-cultural and shared leadership approach to acquiring, programming, and managing the Center. This coalition ensures that the building will be led and programmed by representatives of the cultural groups that were targeted for violence and economic marginalization by the KKK, thereby returning resources to these communities. The project has received more than 100 declarations of support and has been featured in Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Magazine, D Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, KERA-NPR, NBC-5, Spectrum News, and through AP Wire. In October 2021, T1012 received Urban Land Institute of Dallas-Fort Worth’s 2021 Next Big Idea Award, recognizing innovative ideas that can positively impact the region’s quality of life. For more information, visit www.transform1012.org.

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2022 Butterflies in the Garden

Garden Hosts 2022 “Butterflies in the Garden”

Popular Local Event Returns to Rainforest Conservatory 

 

Behold nature’s wondrous transformation and marvel at brilliantly colored living jewels fluttering in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Rainforest Conservatory during “Butterflies in the Garden,” the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in north central Texas, starting Feb. 25. and running through April 10. The six-week exhibit will be open daily, including Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

 “Beautiful, exotic butterflies of every hue and size will be flying in the conservatory,” said Bob Byers, executive vice-president. “People will have a chance to walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies from around the world, watch them land on tropical flowers and lush foliage — maybe even on their shoulders — and learn about the amazing life cycle of the butterfly.” 

 Hosted by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden|Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Butterflies in the Garden will offer educational programs, exciting exhibits, gift shop items and more designed to enhance the visitor experience.   

 The exhibit is likely to feature Central American butterflies such as the Starry Night Butterfly (Hamadryas Iaodamia), the Mosaic (Colobura dirce),  the elegant Glass Wing (Greta oto), Small Postman (Heliconius erato), Pink-Spotted Cattleheart (Parides photinus), the green Malachite (Siproeta stelenes), and Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale).  The ever-popular Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) will definitely be featured in the exhibit.  Of all the butterflies in the exhibit, the Blue Morpho is the most striking and a perennial favorite among visitors. Also included in the exhibit will be butterflies from North and South America, Africa and Asia. 

 Tickets for timed entrance are currently for sale online. Admission is $12 for ages 16-64; $10 for seniors (65+); $8 for ages 6-15; and free for children under five. For those who want to visit both the Garden and the butterfly exhibit, the price is $18 for adults and seniors and $10 for children. School groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets in advance for $8 per person. FWBG|BRIT members receive a discounted price of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children.  

 About Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Oct. 1, 2020. The combined organization comprises 120 acres in Fort Worth’s Cultural District two miles west of downtown Fort Worth at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 

 Winter Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Parking is free throughout the campus during regular business hours. 

 

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What’s Up New Year’s Eve 2021!

What’s Up New Year’s Eve 2021!

Ready to ring in the new year?

Check out this incredible lineup of events in and around Fort Worth!

Tracy Lawrence at Billy Bob’s Texas

Fort Worth Stockyards

Tracy Lawrence at The World’s Largest Honky Tonk-what a great way to ring in the New Year!

https://billybobstexas.com/events/tracy-lawrence-3

80’s  New Year’s Eve Party with Metal Shop at Fat Daddy’s

Mansfield

It’s an 80’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Metal Shop. Stand up, shout and let your freak flag fly while Metal Shop rocks to Guns ‘n Roses, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, AC/DC, and more. Get ready to rock that spandex, eyeliner, and big hair! Table includes bottle of Champagne and party favors.

$50 – Table for 2, with a bottle of Champagne and party favors.
$100 – Table for 4 with 2 bottles of Champagne and party favors.

https://www.universe.com/fatdaddys-nye

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve Swing is the Thing

Bass Performance Hall, Sundance Square

In a brilliant marriage of music and movement, four world-champion swing dancers take the stage to strut their stuff alongside the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a show that captures the swing era of the ’40s and ’50s. Groove to favorites by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, to Bill Haley and the Comets, and Jerry Lee Lewis in this acrobatic homage to one of America’s most popular and enduring styles of dance music.

https://fwsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/subscriptions-and-series-info/nye-swing-is-the-thing 

A New Year in Hollywood NYE Party at AC Hotel

Downtown Fort Worth

Join the AC Hotel Fort Worth for a New Year’s Eve soiree centered around the timeless glamour of Hollywood.Overnight accommodations, open wine and beer bar, champagne toast, NYE favors, late-night bites ,four distinct areas to ring in the New Year include in all packages. VIP dinner packages available. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-celebration-tickets-128882600327

Fred’s Texas Café New Year’s Eve Shindig

An All Day Event
West 7th Street

Fred’s Texas Cafe invites old-timers and new fans alike to celebrate its more than 40-year legacy in the West 7th area with a special New Year’s Eve Shindig! The Cafe will bid its Final Farewell in true Fred’s style, December 31 from 11 am – 1 am. The Final Farewell will give longtime supporters a chance to reminisce on memories shared at the iconic Fort Worth spot and say their official goodbyes. Guests can enjoy an ice-cold beer, the signature menu, live music by James Hinkle Band & Special Guests: Claire Hinkle, Sam Anderson, and more, and other fun elements like a photo booth to commemorate the evening! All party-goers who come into the cafe between 6 pm and 11 pm will get a ticket to enter giveaways presented throughout the night. Guests must be present to win prizes like Fred’s swag and signed albums from musician friends of Fred’s Cafe.

https://www.fredstexascafe.com/events/new-years-eve-shindig

New Year’s Eve with the Dallas Symphony

Dallas

The Dallas Symphony’s tribute to the Viennese tradition returns to the Meyerson. Toast the New Year with lively waltzes from the Strauss dynasty, honoring the most prestigious of New Year’s musical traditions. Then, stay afterward to ring in the New Year at the exclusive Meyerson ‘Til Midnight after-party, featuring DJ Souljah and a complimentary champagne toast!

https://www.dallassymphony.org/productions/new-years-eve/ 

Laugh it Up this NYE at Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre


Fort Worth Stockyards

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Fort Worth native William Lee Martin! You’ve seen his comedy specials on Amazon Prime and AppleTV, heard him on Sirius/XM, laughed with him on Carnival Cruise Lines, plus followed him on TikTok, YouTube, and on Facebook LIVE during his “4 pm Daily Talk Y’all”. This father of five is a self-proclaimed All American mutt – a mixed breed who doesn’t fit neatly into any single box physically, politically, or philosophically. With fresh material and hilarious new stories, he’s not afraid to step on toes but still connects with folks who share his everyday problems in always changing America. His friends still call him by his nickname “Cowboy Bill”, but nevertheless, this comedian will have you laughing till your sides split and you’re wiping away tears. A great way to ring in the New Year!

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/

A BULLISH NYE: PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Riding & ABBI Futurity Classic

Fort Worth Stockyards

Ring in the New Year with bulls and live music at Cowtown Coliseum! On December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022, come out to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards for an evening with PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Riding & ABBI Futurity Classic at 7:30 p.m. both nights, and then head over to Billy Bob’s for live music at 10 p.m. provided by Tracey Lawrence (12/31) and Josh Ward (1/1).

Tickets to attend the PBR Cowtown Classic events at the Cowtown Coliseum start at $35 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office or online here.

https://cowtowncoliseum.com/events/cowtown-classic-bull-riding

 

New Year’s Weekend Live at Texas Live!

Arlington

Ring in the New Year all weekend long with various party options, delicious eats, live tunes and the ultimate sports watch experience. From balloon drops and confettis cannons to bowl games on the big screen, we’ve got your NYE weekend covered.

https://texas-live.com/nye

Epic Family New Year’s Eve at Epic Waters

Grand Prairie

Splash into the New Year at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark! The Epic Waters Crew will be sending off 2021 and ringing in 2022 with a New Year’s Eve celebration like you’ve never seen before!

Join us for a New Year’s Eve party bigger than the state of Texas!

Complete with circus and aerial performances, hula dancing, interactive games, and much more, America’s Favorite Epic Family New Year will be a celebration to remember!

All the action is sure to work up an appetite!
Add to your New Year’s Eve experience with a special Hawaiian themed dinner including a pig on a spit, pulled pork sliders, baby back ribs, coconut shrimp, and delicious mini pineapple upside down cupcakes!

https://epicwatersgp.com/epic-h2olidays-2021/?fbclid=IwAR0Ik8Y0UcM8zVHxrYBnf1eRp0aJWQDmF83GX12C-mPUpLUQT22xdT2sZb0

New Year’s Eve w/ Erick Willis & Special Guest at Lola’s Saloon

Cultural District

New Year’s Eve w/ Erick Willis & Special Guest at Lola’s!

Bring in 2022 with Erick Willis and his killer band along with a Special Guest

8PM Doors

9PM Show

$12 Pre-sale

https://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/531433528061006248

Grady Spencer & The Work NYE at Magnolia Motor Lounge

West 7th Street

https://amplitix.com/mml/21586

NYE with Squeezebox Bandits and Matt Hilyer at The Post at River East

Race Street

Ring in the new year with Squeezebox Bandits at The Post at River East.

Tables must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.

All ages welcome.

All tickets include complimentary champagne toast and black eyed peas at midnight.

http://thepostatrivereast.com/shows/

NYE Party with Red Young & His Hot Horns at Scat Jazz Lounge

Sundance Square

Scat Jazz Lounge is having THE party for New Year’s Eve, bringing in 2022 with a bang. There is nothing like ringing in the New Year at Scat Jazz Lounge. Its simply the coolest way to celebrate. This year they have another fantastic show for you with the incomparable sounds of Red Young & His Hot Horns. Featuring Red on Hammond Organ and Vocals, John Bryant on drums and the Hot Horns, it will be a swinging & grooving night. Red will have you dancing and smiling as you sip on a classic cocktail and welcome another new year in style. Please dress to impress. Please note a ticket is for the entire table and all the seats that come with it. Doors open at 8pm. 

http://scatjazzlounge.com/calendar.php

White Denim at Tulips FTW

Near Southside

https://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/531433527999736587#

NYE at Main at Southside (MASS FW) with  Uncle Toasty, The Infamists, Heavy Daze, Drifter’s Atlas, Bruce Magnus, & No Place Like Home

Near Southside

https://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/531433528059249926#

Metalfest NYE at Ridglea Theatre

Camp Bowie District

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ridglea-metalfest-presents-element-eighty-lockjaw-within-chaos-tickets-168356473745?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse# 

NYE 2021 West 7th Bar Crawl

West 7th Street

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-bar-crawl-fort-worth-tickets-211111338697?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse# 

El Chingon Bad Ass FW NYE 2022

West 7th Street

The nightlife hotspot will count down to 2022 with dancing, DJs, drinks, dishes and champagne. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., partygoers can dance into the new year to live DJs including Danny West, Shadowman, ETX and more. General admission tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online here. Ticket holders must arrive between 6-10 p.m.

https://gbod.ticketsauce.com/e/bad-ass-nye-2022

 

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What’s Up For The Holidays 2021

What’s Up For The Holidays 2021

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, THEATRE, CONCERTS & BALLET

Enjoy a Western Wonderland at The Fort Worth Stockyards

The holiday festivities kickoff when Cowboy Santa makes his grand arrival to the Stockyards on Friday, November 26th! Guests can welcome him in his stagecoach following the 11:30 a.m. Cattle Drive. Activities to follow his entrance include photos by appointment, Cowboy poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers and more. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus story time will continue through the holiday season – a full schedule can be found online.

The day concludes with the kickoff of the Stockyards’ holiday light spectacular with a festive tree lighting outside the Exchange Building and at Hotel Drover at 6:00 p.m. Guests can see the Stockyards, Mule Alley, and Hotel Drover adorned with Christmas lights as they welcome Santa and the district wide celebrations commence.

Through the holiday season, guests can journey through a district wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree will be lit, light poles will be wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Enjoy quintessential Texas themed lights with two boot sculptures up the steps of the Exchange Building, a horseshoe outside of American Paint Horse Association, and a 6-foot large wreath outside Shake Shack on Mule Alley. Guests can enjoy festive shopping down Mule Alley and end their evening at Hotel Drover for seasonal spirits, hot chocolate and coffee around the backyard fire pits.

Also, save the date for Christmas in the Stockyards on Saturday, December 4 from 12-4 p.m. Join The Stockyards as they celebrate the 20th Annual Christmas in the Stockyards featuring Sounds of the Season, Strolling Holiday Entertainment, Festive Activities, Photos with Cowboy Santa, Mrs. Claus Story Time, and a spectacular Christmas parade at 4pm!

https://fortworthstockyards.com/events/cowboy-santas-arrival-parade-2/

A Phunk Dr’s Christmas

Jubilee Theatre / December 10th-12th

Written and Directed by Wambui Richardson, A Phunk Dr’s Christmas is a concert of music, comedy, and more celebrating the holiday season and featuring Fort Worth’s Phunk Dr’s as well as some of Jubilee Theatre’s long time performers.

Don’t miss it! Grab tickets at http://www.jubileetheatre.org !

FWSO presents “Home for the Holidays”

Bass Performance Hall / November 26th – 28th  

Don’t miss one of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists bring you “Home for the Holidays,” with a spectacular program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Wave to Santa as the orchestra conjures a white Christmas courtesy of a magical snowfall.The perfect gift for the whole family.

https://fwsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/subscriptions-and-series-info/pops-series/home-for-the-holidays

TBT Presents the Nutcracker & The NuttyNutcracker

Bass Performance Hall / December 10th – 26th                                                                                                   

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will keep the holiday spirit and a great holiday tradition in Fort Worth alive as they present The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall thru December 26th                                                       

https://texasballettheater.org/performance/nutcracker-2021/

 

Holiday in the Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden / December 11th, 10am – 4pm                                                                 

We are excited to announce Holiday in the Garden! Bring your holiday cheer to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Celebrate the season at this annual event by shopping the wares of artisan vendors, enjoying tasty treats from gourmet food trucks, relaxing to live music from local bands and singing along to holiday carols with the Fort Worth Opera. There will also be a visit from Santa himself!

https://brit.org/events/holiday-in-the-garden/

 

Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge

December 2nd – 24th

The Royal Music Hall Variety Players’ production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after twenty members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic. Expect missed cues, unfamiliar characters, and costume mishaps aplenty. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Christmas tale is a hilarious holiday treat!

https://stagewest.org/season/scrooge-rouge

 

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig

David McDavid Studio / December 1st, 7:30pm

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to McDavid Studio to celebrate the holidays, like only they can. Each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast country and Americana landscape, the Texas twosome will perform sawdusty favorites from their recent duet record, Beautiful Lie, songs from their own extensive solo catalogs and, of course, holiday favorites, old and new. Spend the holidays with Texas’ finest country couple.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/bruce-and-kelly-holiday-2021/

 

ROBERT EARL KEEN’S The Road to Christmas

Bass Performance Hall / December 30th, 7:30pm

One of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions is back! Robert Earl Keen returns for his Eve of New Year’s Eve concert at Bass Hall this holiday season, with special guest opener, singer-songwriter Brent Cobb . Ring in the new year with an evening of Americana hits and holiday tunes featuring REK’s famous Bluegrass flare.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/robert-earl-keen/

 

The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle – Holiday and Hits

Bass Performance Hall / December 13th, 7:30pm

Country music legends The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle grace the Bass Hall stage for the very first time in this brand-new holiday special. These musical acts have wowed audiences across the country and the globe, but never have they appeared together, until now. Don’t miss an evening featuring a catalog of hits and holiday favorites.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/The-Gatlin-Brothers-and-Crystal-Gayle-Holiday-Hits/

 

Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets

Will Rogers Auditorium / December 3rd – 5th

Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season!

Ballet Frontier has been captivating audiences with our production of The Nutcracker for the last 12 years.  With its cast comprised of professional dancers, talented young students, dazzling costumes, and world-class choreography, the stage is set for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages!  Check website for Waco and Granbury performances.

https://www.balletfrontier.org/the-nutcracker

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Casa Manana / November 20th – December 23rd

This holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation. Filled with holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” and everyone’s favorite, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. This show is suitable for all audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/

 

Nashville Christmas at The Reid Cabaret

Casa Manana / November 30th – December 18th

This Christmas, the Reid Cabaret Theatre is headed to the country capital of the world! Don, your boots, kick back and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas tales and songs in the styles of your favorite country superstars like Garth Brooks, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill and more! This show is suitable for most audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/nashville-christmas/

 

GM Financial Parade of Lights

Downtown Fort Worth / Sunday, November 21st, 6pm

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, join us for a renewed, live and in-person, GM Financial Parade of Lights! It’s a day filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights begins at 6:00 PM at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets. The parade proceeds east along Weatherford Street, turns south on Commerce and goes all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston St., and then turns north on Houston Street to 2nd St.  The final turns for the parade are west on 2nd St. to Throckmorton Street, and south to 3rd St. where the parade will end. For complete route information and a full map click here.

https://www.fortworthparadeoflights.org/

 

Kimbell Art Museum 2021 Holiday Gift Guide & Holiday Sale

Cultural District

To ring in the holiday season, the Kimbell Art Museum invites shoppers to browse unique gifts, take advantage of seasonal savings and enjoy holiday treats.

The Kimbell’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide showcases festive favorites perfect for stuffing into stockings or placing under the tree. Featuring hand-crafted serveware, inspiring publications and imaginative games from the Museum Shops in the Louis I. Kahn Building and Renzo Piano Pavilion, shoppers can discover gifts for everyone on their list, from families to art aficionados.

All products are of limited quantity and available for in-store purchase at the Camp Bowie locations only. Patrons can contact the Museum Shop at 817-332-8451, ext. 744, with any questions.

https://kimbellart.org/

 

Panther Island Ice

Coyote Drive In / November 19, 2021 – January 17, 2022

This is one of the unique holiday traditions Fort Worth offers each year.  Panther Island Ice Returns Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink offers public skating starting on November 19, 2021. The ice rink will operate seven days a week through January 17, 2022, including all holidays. The rink is real ice located mostly under a large pavilion. Patrons can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu including beer and wine options. It’s a great family outing.  Go early and go often!

https://pantherislandice.com/

 

Radiance Christmas                                              

Weatherford-Decatur-Frisco-Waxahachie / Through January 3, 2021

Texas’ #1 Light Spectacular Radiance! is back, BIGGER and BETTER, featuring less wait time, new scenes and more lights! Better still, one ticket gives you access to both Radiance! AND our all-new family holiday attraction, Frozen in Frisco!

At Frozen in Frisco, you’ll experience an outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments unlike anything in North Texas!

  • Soar down 2- story Ice Tubing Hills,
  • Ice skate under the stars,
  • Throw snowballs made of REAL snow at Santa’s Snowball Toss,
  • Ride the giant 108ft Ferris Wheel and Christmas Carousel,
  • Spin out on Bumper Cars on Ice,
  • Meet Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man,
  • Visit Mistletoe Holiday Market, and much more!

https://www.radiancechristmas.com/

 

The Michael Hix Christmas Party

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Friday, November 26th 7:30pm

You can’t help but be drawn in by the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. His vocal abilities range from baritone to a high soprano. Vocally, there isn’t much Michael can’t do. However, what’s really impressive about him is his ability to capture an audience and hold their attention for hours. There is no better entertainer, that’s why he’s been dubbed “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer.” If you haven’t seen him in action, you are missing out. He will lift your spirits, make you laugh, cry with joy, and leave you feeling satisfied and excited. There are new and exciting things around the corner for Michael. You will have to follow him here, or on social media to see what all he’s up to! We hope to see you soon and thank you for your support. God Bless. “If talent is a predictor, Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake might should watch out.” – Arlington Today Magazine.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

A Twitty and Lynn Christmas

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Saturday, November 27th 7:30pm

The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling.   Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

Jaston Williams Blood & Holly

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / December 10th & 11th 7:30pm

In his one-man show, Blood & Holly, Jaston Williams remembers Christmas in childhood as a warped hybrid of Toyland and Franco’s Spain. Meet the elderly sisters without any eyebrows, the house cat driven crazy by Christmas decorations, and a gift list that includes rubber knives, moist towelettes, and teeth. Known nationally as the co-author and co-star of the award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Jaston Williams will leave you in stitches.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

ARLINGTON

Arlington Holiday of Lights Parade

December 11th, 6:00pm

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting on the City Hall steps at 101 W Abram Street.

https://holidaylightsparade.com/

 

Elf on a Shelf

Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Field) / November 18th – January 2nd  

With Christmas Spirit running low, Santa’s sleigh’s compass goes haywire, and Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves need human help! Where’s the Lone Star State’s best place for finding cheer? Choctaw Stadium’s dazzling star-filled concourse, of course!

Join Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!

https://elfontheshelfjourney.com/dallas/

 

Arlington Music Hall

Christmas Concerts for 2021 / December 4th – 18th  

December 4th : Wynonna Christmas

December 8th :  Christmas with the Beatles

December 9th :  Texas Tenors Deep in Heart of Christmas

December 17th :  Chad Prather & Friend Christmas

December 18th :  Al Joslin Christmas

https://arlingtonmusichall.net/events/

 

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Texas

November 19th  – January 2nd

Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, delicious snacks, and a festive spin on your favorite rides.

Gather around for the nightly tree lighting show you’ll never forget! Each night, millions of lights are illuminated at once by Santa in a magical moment. For the little elves in your family, head over to the Merry Marketplace to meet Santa Claus! After meeting Santa, venture into Casa Magnetica and celebrate Nochebuena in our unique tilted house attraction.

Try to catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer as you soar 400 feet in the air on Texas SkyScreamer or fly head over heels on BATMAN: The Ride. Make a New Year’s Resolution to experience more thrills on HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, a giant whirling wheel of adventure to kick 2022 off right! For the little ones looking for less thrills, take a merry ride on the Silver Star Christmas Carousel.

https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/events/holiday-in-the-park

 

MANSFIELD

Hometown Holidays Merry Midway

Historic Downtown Mansfield / December 3rd & 4th

Prepare for holidays with two days of festivities, shows, shopping and old school carnival rides in Historic Downtown Mansfield. Hit the sled hill, take a ride on the ferris wheel, shop our local vendors, enjoy a concert, visit Santa Claus and be dazzled by our annual tree lighting and fireworks show!

https://www.mansfieldtexasarts.org/calendar/community-events/hometown-holidays

 

GRAPEVINE

Grapevine: The Christmas Capitol of Texas

It’s more merry in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You’ll be amazed at 40 days of unique and traditional Christmas events, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! Be sure to make Grapevine, Texas your top Christmas destination.

https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

 

GRANBURY

The New Granbury Live Christmas Concerts 2021

The New Granbury Live / December 3rd – 18th

December 3rd :  Bryan White Christmas

December 4th :  Michael Hix Rock & Soul Christmas

December 11th :  William Lee Martin, The Nutcracker (comedy)

December 16th :  Jingles with Jet Blacq

https://thenewgranburylive.com/shows/

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, EVENTS, AND SANTA CLAUS SIGHTINGS

The Modern Lights

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / November 1st – February 6th

The Modern trees are illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season. Passersby experience a stunning display, and visitors are invited to enjoy evening viewing opportunities. The museum galleries are open with free admission until 8 pm on Fridays.

 

Dinner with the Modern Lights

Cafe Modern / Fridays, seating from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Executive Chef Jett Mora welcomes you with warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and a seasonal menu rooted in Texas ingredients. Create your own holiday memories on Friday nights at Café Modern. Seating is available from 5 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or online here.

https://www.themodern.org/modern-lights

 

Gift of Lights

Texas Motor Speedway / November 25th – December 18th

Fill up your car, truck, or SUV and drive through millions of lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

http://giftoflightstexas.com/

 

 Arlington Interlochen Lights

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Interlochen-Lights/1857729784438909

 

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie

Thanksgiving Night through New Year’s Eve / Open Every Night at 6pm

Prairie Lights is the premier holiday light park in Texas located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. Prairie Lights 2021 will feature the return of Holiday Village, the magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and more.

https://prairielights.org/

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