Upcoming FWO GO events include mini-concerts in multiple neighborhoods across Tarrant County on Saturday, October 24, and Voices for Votes, an afternoon of performances presented at polling locations on Election Day 2020, Tuesday, November 3.
Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced the launch of FWO GO, an exciting artistic initiative featuring socially distanced, pop-up performances in neighborhoods across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The company’s first FWO GO shows will be held on Saturday, October 24, throughout Tarrant County, with surprise locations to be announced on FWO’s social media channels and official website. Fort Worth Opera’s talented Lesley Resident Artists will perform classic opera arias, musical theater selections, and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook on a flatbed trailer pulled by a Texas-sized pickup truck. The company recently unveiled its new digital platform FWO Green Room to connect with audiences and build dynamic relationships through technology, but FWO GO shows are the first step in presenting safe, live performances for the entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, November 3, FWO will appear at polling locations across Fort Worth and present Voices for Votes, a series of mini-concerts to inspire and entertain voters waiting in long lines to cast their ballot on Election Day 2020. That following weekend, FWO will partner with the Tarrant Area Food Bank for a mobile pantry, community food drive, and two performances of the new Texas-themed children’s opera, Stone Soup, at Fort Worth’s Farrington Field parking lot. This uplifting two-day family event combines the joy and excitement of a live musical performance with a much-needed lesson of unity, collaboration, and kindness for all.
Written by FWO Artistic Director Joe Illick and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell, Stone Soup presents an age-old tale and gives it a Texas twist, as a hungry, penniless, 13-year-old girl named Sally arrives at the steps of a local General Store in Blessing, Texas during the Great Depression, and teaches the townspeople the value of sharing and working together. On Saturday, November 7, at 2 pm, families can watch the live performance of Stone Soup and then receive food donations from FWO’s huge cauldron, offering children an important opportunity to witness how their community has come together to support them, just like in the story. On Sunday, November 8, at 2 pm, families can watch this charming opera together and then place their food donations in the cauldron, as a kind gesture to help other families in need across North Texas.
Fort Worth Opera in Association with the Tarrant Area Food Bank
Stone Soup, a Children’s Opera in One Act
Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2:00 pm & Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 2:00 pm
Farrington Field Parking Lot
Watch the live performance of Stone Soup:
Saturday, November 7: Food distribution day is reserved for families of the Tarrant Area Food Bank and community service organizations
Sunday, November 8: Food drive day is open to the general public with a suggested food pantry donation of 4 kid-friendly, non-perishable food items and a suggested ticket price of “pay what you can.”
Socially distanced performances will take place in the Farrington Field parking lot, located at 1400 Foch St., Fort Worth, TX 76107. For tickets and information, please visit https://www.fwopera.org/stone-soup.
ABOUT FORT WORTH OPERA: Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is poised to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021. For the last fifteen years, FWO has become one of the leading American companies dedicated to nurturing and performing new opera, in addition to producing performances of traditional repertoire with rising American stars. Our acclaimed Frontiers program is going online this fall with our first digital Libretto Workshop. Our Children’s Opera Theatre typically reaches about 60,000 students across North Texas each season with live, interactive performances. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FWO has created online educational curriculum for local music students to supplement their in-school studies, and COT can also now serve entire families and communities beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fort Worth Opera is committed to celebrating all North Texans, and through our ongoing Noches de Òpera program, the company offers exciting community-driven events and powerful operas that represent the diverse cultures of all of the Americas.
Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by awards from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and OPERA America. Additional Fort Worth Opera sponsors include: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Burnett Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Visit Fort Worth; Adeline & George McQueen Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Trustee; Smallwood Foundation, J.P. Morgan, Trustee; Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee; Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, Simmons Bank, Trustee; Garvey Texas Foundation; Mary Potishman Lard Trust; Fifth Avenue Foundation; The Thomas M. Helen McKee and John P. Ryan Foundation; R4 Foundation; Red Oak Foundation; The Rea Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Trustee; Wells Fargo Foundation; and Autobahn.
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