The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has called off a six-city tour of Spain next May. The news broke as Dallas, a much richer orchestra, cancelled a much bigger tour of Europe, allegedly on security grounds.
The reasons Fort Worth is giving sound closer to the truth. They say the falling Euro and the poor Spanish economy have made the venture economically non-viable.
This was to have been FWSO’s first Europe trip in 25 years and its Peruvian music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya was much looking forward to greeting audiences in Alicante, Madrid, Murcia, Oviedo, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Zaragoza in his mother tongue.
‘We are heartbroken that it is not coming to fruition,’ says FWSO president Amy Adkins.
FW’s honest explanation may help to shed light on Dallas’s tawdry equivocations.