Fort Worth Opera announces New Digital Initiative

Fort Worth Opera announces New Digital Initiative

FWO Green Room features Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Rowley’s six-week Virtual Audition Intensive for young singers; Festival Artists Online, the company’s platform for concerts and compelling conversations; Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop, a two-night exploration of operatic storytelling; and an inspirational choral project featuring the stunning Fort Worth Opera Chorus.

FORT WORTH, TX — Fort Worth Opera (FWO) is proud to announce the launch of FWO Green Room, a new digital initiative to kick off the company’s 75th anniversary season. In this time of social distancing, as opera companies across the globe continue to explore innovative ways to connect with audiences and build dynamic relationships through technology, FWO is thrilled to offer a blend of entertaining and interactive online content for opera lovers and novices alike. The FWO Green Room will feature exhilarating performances, seminars, masterclasses, a two-night libretto workshop with an all-star panel, and round-table discussions with some of the most remarkable luminaries of the opera world.

Following an immensely popular weekend masterclass series with FWO this summer, Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Rowley will offer an exclusive, six-week Virtual Audition Intensive to prepare young opera singers for the fall audition season ahead. As a result of the ongoing pandemic, physical auditions have been replaced with video submissions and virtual performances for audition panels. Over the course of six sessions, Ms. Rowley and her renowned guests will offer invaluable guidance each week on how to deliver an impressive audition, while navigating the current digital landscape successfully.

Beginning August 22, Jennifer Rowley’s Virtual Audition Intensive will be held on Zoom each Saturday through September 26, and simultaneously streamed to FWO and Ms. Rowley’s Facebook pages. These insightful masterclasses and seminars will discuss vocal health and fatigue, the audition circuit in Europe, and the anatomy of a perfect video audition with special guests David and Francisco Salazar of OperaWire, and production company La Cuarta Productions. FWO is also delighted to announce that E. Loren Meeker, General and Artistic Director of OPERA San Antonio, will return after the first summer session to hold another fantastic acting masterclass. Additionally, Ms. Rowley will host classes and talks on young artist programs, mainstage auditions, international competitions, and acquiring management, but with a twist — live audition panels featuring top industry professionals.

While Fort Worth Opera was saddened to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Festival, this unforeseen global crisis has truly invigorated the company. Now is a time ripe for reinvention. Challenges have yielded opportunities to connect with our local and artistic communities in ways that had rarely been mined before the pandemic. FWO looks forward to the moment when these extraordinary artists can be flown to North Texas for live performances. In the interim, the company has invited many of the past season’s stars to join us virtually.

Starting the week of August 17, FWO will debut Festival Artists Online, the company’s digital platform for thrilling concerts, intimate living room performances, and fascinating discussions. Fort Worth Opera is honored to have internationally acclaimed artists Martin BakariVanessa BecerraEmily FonsDevon GuthrieAbigail LevisCurt Olds, Luis Alejandro OrozcoDonovan SingletaryEfraín Solís, and Talise Trevigne as the project’s inaugural guests. Performances, IGTV interviews, and scheduled conversations will be announced on the company’s official website and social media platforms in the weeks to come.

FWO Green Room will also feature the return of Fort Worth Opera’s celebrated new works showcase Frontiers, in a slightly different format on Zoom. Stripped of any musical elements for this latest incarnation, Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop will highlight some of the most vibrant literary voices in contemporary opera, with a two-night exploration of storytelling led by Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell and a prestigious panel of librettists, directors, and singers. A call for submissions, further details, and the full list of panelists will be announced shortly.

The Fort Worth Opera Chorus has become a force to be reckoned with over the past two seasons under brilliant new Chorus Master Alfrelynn Roberts. Next month, FWO will unveil a stunning, inspirational choral performance from a revered 20th-century American composer, arranger, and choral director. Forty-two choristers will be highlighted on the company’s social media platforms weekly until this virtual choral project premieres, and information will be forthcoming.

FWO Green Room is part of Fort Worth Opera’s ongoing desire to stay connected and engaged with our community during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This exciting initiative will evolve throughout the company’s 75th anniversary season, as FWO continues to foster strong partnerships with our devoted patrons, inspire the next generation of opera lovers, and support the incredible artists who are the lifeblood of the performing arts here in North Texas and beyond. Visit www.fwopera.org to learn more.

ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continually-performing opera company in Texas, and one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the United States. The organization has received national acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its artistic excellence. Beginning in 2017, Fort Worth Opera launched Noches de Ópera (Nights of Opera), a groundbreaking campaign designed to introduce powerful operas to the community, each reflecting the diverse cultures of American audiences.

 

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Cowtown Winery joins Stockyard’s Mule Alley!

Cowtown Winery joins Stockyard’s Mule Alley!

WHAT:

Cowtown Winery is excited to open its Mule Alley location, located in the heart of Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards. With grapes fermented and bottled in Fort Worth, Cowtown Winery offers a range of wines for every taste. Patrons can sip on wines by the glass, bottle, or through wine flights and snack on charcuterie in-store or through take-out. Cowtown Winery is celebrating the Grand Opening of their Mule Alley location on Saturday, August 15.

In addition to offering a variety of wines including the 2019 Cavileer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Blueberry Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Ghost Wine, 2019 Yellow Rose, 2017 Stockyard Peach and much more, Cowtown Winery also offers the below experiences.

Ghost Tours:

This historic location is able to offer many unique, one of a kind experiences, like their walking Ghost Tour through the Fort Worth Stockyards. Patrons can enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the haunting    history of Mule Alley and the Fort Worth Stockyards. 

Blending Class:

Cowtown Winery also offers guests a chance to design their own custom wines in a Blending Class, perfect for a date night or party setting. Guests can enjoy a glass of their final creation along with a cheese and meat platter and even bottle up their unique blend to take home. 

Winery Tours:

Pull back the curtain and see how it all happens during a winery tour! Patrons can let the winemaker walk them through the journey of turning grape juice into their favorite wines! Participants will be able to see all the equipment, learn the different processes it takes, discuss the vineyards and of course sample a couple of wines.

WHEN:

Saturday, August 15 

WHERE:

128 E. Exchange Ave., Suite 610 Fort Worth, Texas 76164

 

ABOUT MULE ALLEY

Mule Alley is a carefully curated collection of restaurants, eateries, entertainment venues, shops, heritage brands, and creative workplaces located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. As part of one of the most iconic travel destinations in the world, the new Mule Alley project transcends typical development and brings an area in the district that was once vibrant back to life. After six years of planning, Stockyards Heritage Development Co. set out to revive the 108-year-old original horse and mule barns into aniconic destination shopping and dining district. Mule Alley features legacy stores and restaurants including Shake Shack, Lucchese Bootmaker, Provender Hall, and MB Mercantile, and is set to welcome additional tenants in the upcoming months, including King Ranch, Proper Supply Co., Cowtown Winery, Biscuit Bar, Wrangler, Second Rodeo Brewing, and many more. For more information visit mulealleyfortworth.com and keep up to date on social media by following @mulealley. 

 

ABOUT STOCKYARDS HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY:  

Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is a partnership between nationally recognized developer Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth’s Hickman Investments. Created with the intention of thoughtfully reimagining the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the company is dedicated to preserving the National Historic District legacy while elevating it with experiences for today’s guests. Accomplished through a public/private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the project’s first phase, Mule Alley, broke ground in the fall of 2018 to include the renovation of the destination’s historic,108-year-old horse and mule barns into a street of curated shops, restaurants, retail and office spaces. The project also includes the ground-up development of the area’s first four-star Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and rustic resort, Hotel Drover, which is set to open in the fall of 2020. 

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Led by the Fine Line Group, with support from the Alice L. Walton Foundation, the Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation, and Bass Performance Hall, SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE will provide highly focused financial support to 41 talented musicians whose work brings the Fort Worth community together to reflect on their recent experiences in the world and to begin driving change and healing through music.

“Music is part of Fort Worth’s soul. By putting this city’s stories into song, artists have the power to help our community process and heal from the unprecedented events we have all watched unfold over the last several months. As our city battles a pandemic and reckons with the legacy of prejudice, SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE delivers not just highly-focused financial support to Fort Worth-area musicians, but also, helps to create an audio record of our town’s unique perspective on all that has occurred, and all that we hope to see in the future,” said program founders Sasha and Ed Bass.   

Mrs. Sasha Bass and Lauren Saba Childs, program administrator and founder of Gallery of Dreams, approached one of Fort Worth’s leading singer/songwriters, Abraham Alexander, to brainstorm how the model could be adapted to help the city’s musicians. “Moving forward at this unprecedented and challenging time is about so much more than just finding work. It’s about reviving the spirit and soul so we can make music again. This model does both, and that’s what makes it so powerful,” said Mr. Alexander. In partnership with Mrs. Bass and Ms. Childs, Mr. Alexander helped bring SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE to life.

“This program is a lifeline for the musicians of our city. It’s a life vest for the dreams our musicians are fighting to keep afloat in the midst of two life-threatening viruses – one new, and the other – systemic racism – an old and deadly plague,” continued Mr. Alexander. “SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE makes it possible for them to focus on doing what they do best – creating. Musicians will not have to worry about their next bill or what equipment they will need to sell in order to put food on the table. It makes me proud of our city and honored to know its citizens. Individuals from all walks of life are coming together around this program. SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE will rekindle hope, fuel collaboration, and change the fabric of our music scene for the better.”

Applicants are asked to create and submit a unique live performance video of two original songs, in a format similar to a “Tiny Desk” submission, along with a personal statement about their experience in the pandemic and the role their music will play in drawing people together around the theme of resilience. The full application is available at soundsofresilience.com. There is no fee to apply.

Selection Panel

 

A panel of six of Fort Worth’s music industry leaders will manage the selection process, awarding $2,000 grants to 35 musicians, and $5,000 grants to the top six strongest applicants. Panelists will pair these six musicians together to create and produce an original, and inspired song about resilience, which will be recorded live at Fort Worth landmark, Bass Hall.

 

New Application Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2020

 

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Celebrate International Beer Day!

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International Beer Day is a great time to check out WHAT’S UP with Fort Worth’s now famous ALE TRAIL.  From a local nano brewery, to a nationally recognized brewery that produces over 20,000 barrels of beer a year, the Fort Worth Ale Trail will introduce you to a vibrant, diverse group of breweries that are helping redefine the character of our city, one tasty pint at a time.  Take the weekend…You deserve it!

https://www.fortworth.com/aletrail/

You do not have to “Do the Trail” to enjoy our great breweries.  Take your time and enjoy any one of them at your own pace, and in whatever cool part of town tickles your taste buds at the time.

NEAR SOUTHSIDE

Rahr & Sons Brewery

https://rahrbrewing.com/

Hop Fusion Ale Works

http://hopfusionaleworks.com/

The Collective Brewing Project

https://collectivebrew.com/

Wild Acre Brewing

https://www.wildacrebrewing.com/

PANTHER ISLAND

Panther Island Brewing

http://pantherislandbrewing.com/

DOWNTOWN

Cowtown Brewery

https://www.cowtownbrewco.com/

MANSFIELD

Dirty Job Brewing

https://www.dirtyjobbrewing.com/

By The Horns Brewing

https://bythehornsbrewing.com/

ARLINGTON

Division Brewing

https://divisionbrewing.com/

Legal Draft

http://www.legaldraftbeer.com/

KELLER

Shannon Brewing Company

https://shannonbrewing.com/

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It’s TAX FREE WEEKEND!

It’s TAX FREE WEEKEND!

Aug. 7 – 9, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller encourages all taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing and support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.

This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Online Purchases and Telephone Orders

To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants all taxpayers to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, you can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either

  • the item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; or
  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.

An order is filled for immediate shipment regardless of whether the shipment is delayed due to a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the seller.

In-Store Purchases

The Comptroller’s office urges all taxpayers buying certain qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.

Qualifying Items

Special Purchases

Additional Charges Affect the Sales Price

Sales Tax Holiday Refund Requests

If you pay sales tax on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday, you can ask the seller for a refund of the tax paid. The seller can either grant the refund or provide their customer with Form 00-985, Assignment to Right to Refund (PDF), which allows the purchaser to file the refund claim directly with the Comptroller’s office.

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WHAT: Cowtown Winery is excited to open its Mule Alley location, located in the heart of Fort Worth's historic Stockyards. With grapes fermented and bottled in Fort Worth, Cowtown Winery offers a range of wines for every taste. Patrons can sip on wines by the glass,...

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FORT WORTH, TX  – In light of the impact of current world issues on Fort Worth’s musicians today, Fine Line Group, the Family office of Sasha and Edward P. Bass, announced the launch of SOUNDS OF RESILIENCE. The second in a series of competitive grant programs...

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Provender Hall open in Stockyard’s Mule Alley!

Provender Hall open in Stockyard’s Mule Alley!

Provender Hall, the new American comfort food concept from restaurateur Chef Marcus Paslay (Piattello Italian Kitchen, Clay Pigeon), is officially open in Mule Alley at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Following the openings of Lucchese, MB Mercantile, American Paint Horse Association, and Simplifi, Provender Hall is the most recent tenant opening in the newly-renovated Mule Alley. With the opening of this highly anticipated signature restaurant, Paslay is helping modernize the district while honoring the historical past of the Fort Worth Stockyards.

“We’ve been looking forward to this opening since we first heard the concept, and we’re so excited to share Provender Hall with guests from Fort Worth and beyond. Provender Hall is one of the restaurants that makes Mule Alley so special and preserves our city’s rich history. The restaurant exemplifies what the Stockyards represents, a place that honors traditional western culture with modern innovation,” said Majestic Realty Co. Executive Vice President Craig Cavileer.

Provender Hall was named as a nod to the area’s historical and cattle-centric history and is modeled as a true Texas brasserie with a menu that spans from oysters on the half-shell and chicken gumbo to a buffalo tenderloin, with salads and sides such as crispy okra, braised greens and cheddar-cheese grits also on offer. Many of the dishes focus on the element of smoke, with live fire playing an important role. The supper menu includes a smoked chicken half-bird with chimichurri and grilled lemons, blackened shrimp and grits with a blistered tomato beurre blanc, and a smoked pork chop with a white-bean stew.

The spirited, two-story, near-5,000-square-foot lofted space features a greenhouse-like entry that gives way to a dignified bar. The first floor houses the open-air kitchen and offers dining options and spacious areas for diners to relax before or after the meal. On the second level is a large dining room enveloped in the barn’s signature rehabilitated bricks. Clerestory windows flood light throughout the two story restaurant with original elements such as the early 1900’s fire doors showcased throughout. The dining room is flanked by period details, including two catwalks that overlook the first floor. An expansive patio along the iconic Exchange Avenue will be open for patrons to dine on in the coming weeks.

“The opening of Provender Hall reflects an important milestone in the Fort Worth Stockyards’ new history and for the city of Fort Worth. This is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that guests will travel far and wide to visit for its unique cuisine, design, and experience. It is built to appeal to the discerning tastes of the locals and will be the new go-to place for your favorite night out with friends. From the design and historic setting to the perfectly executed menu and acclaimed chef, Provender Hall is exactly what we were hoping for as our flagship restaurant,” says M2G Ventures Co-Founder Jessica Miller Essl.

Marcus Paslay is cooking with Chef Scott Lewis, who also helms Piattello Italian Kitchen. Lewis takes on a new role with the opening of Provender Hall, overseeing kitchen operations at all of Paslay’s restaurants. Front-of-house operations will be steered by Kellen Hamrah, who also has a new role in managing bar and service for the three restaurants.

Provender Hall joins Shake Shack as the two eateries now open in Mule Alley. Guests can look forward to dining at The Biscuit Bar, Sidesaddle Saloon, and 97 West Kitchen in Bar at Hotel Drover in Mule Alley later this year.

Provender Hall is located at 122 E. Exchange Ave. and is open Sunday and Thursday, 4:30–9 p.m. and Friday/Saturday, 4:30­–10 p.m., with upcoming lunch hours that will be announced shortly. For more information on Provender Hall, please visit https://www.provenderhall.com/ and for more information on Mule Alley and the Fort Worth Stockyards, please visit https://fortworthstockyards.com/.

ABOUT CHEF MARCUS PASLAY
Arlington, Texas, native Marcus Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in Fort Worth in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. In January 2017, Paslay opened his second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, in Fort Worth’s Waterside development, to a similar reception. In 2018, Texas Monthly named it one of the Ten Best New Restaurants in Texas. Featuring in-season, house-made dishes—the core of his cooking philosophy—Paslay’s restaurants reflect his passion for good food and fine dining with a personal touch. Paslay graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 2006, and then honed his culinary skills at some of the finest restaurants across the country including the Four Seasons in Vail; Canlis in Seattle; Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose; and Neighborhood Services in Dallas.

ABOUT STOCKYARDS HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY:
Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is a partnership between nationally recognized developer Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth’s Hickman Investments. Created with the intention of thoughtfully reimagining the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the company is dedicated to preserving the National Historic District legacy while elevating it with experiences for locals and visitors from abroad. Accomplished through a public/private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the project’s first phase, Mule Alley, broke ground in the fall of 2018 to include the renovation of the destination’s historic,100-year-old horse and mule barns into a street of curated shops, restaurants, retail and office spaces. The project also includes the ground-up development of the area’s first four-star Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and rustic resort, Hotel Drover, which is set to open later this year.

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