Fort Worth loses its music director

May 11, 2018 by norman lebrecht


Miguel Harth-Bedoya is leaving Texas.

He says: ‘I am so proud of the work the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and I have done together over the last nearly two decades. These years with the FWSO have touched and changed me deeply. Working together with the orchestra toward higher and higher artistic levels – even through the challenges – has been profoundly rewarding. Our musicians’ extraordinary playing constantly inspires me, and because of them I have become a better conductor. Our recent success on an international stage at the Kennedy Center, like our Carnegie Hall performance a decade ago, is a testament to our relevance as an outstanding American orchestra.’

The challenges have been plentiful and seem to be growing.

The orchestra has been without a chief executive for a year. Last month, the interim manager walked away.

The orchestra is in friction with its hall management.


Comments (7)

  1. Carmen says:

    A wonderful conductor, a great music director and a superb musician with tremendous integrity. Fort Worth’s loss will be another orchestra’s gain.

  2. Jon H says:

    I don’t really know what’s right for Orchestre de Paris – but a conductor like this might be very interesting…

    1. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

      I second that sentiment. A Peruvian in Paris…why not?

      1. The View from America says:

        The last time that happened was when Offenbach’s “Gaite Parisienne” was staged there.

  3. Melinda says:

    Correction: Hyslop was out last October, not last month.

  4. FWSOfan says:

    The end of an era for the FWSO

  5. drummerman says:

    David Hyslop (interim ed) is now interim with the Omaha Symphony.

    Norman, when you say he “walked away,” are you suggesting/implying that there was a problem with Dave being there?

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