Fort Worth Symphony’s music director Miguel Hart-Bedoya reports that he was evicted by security from his own concert hall for carrying his daughter’s violin case. Miguel writes:
‘Tonight, after having conducted throughout the weekend and hosted eight guest orchestras ALL day long yesterday, I come to hear my daughter play with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, and I get kicked out by the police, inside the lobby of my concert hall, for holding my daughter’s violin case after her performance.
‘The police told me that YES you could come into Bass Performance Hall with a loaded gun, but NOT with a violin case!’
There is some back story here. Since the Fort Worth Symphony went on strike last year, relations between musicians and the Bass Performance Hall have iced over. A colleague writes: ‘Musicians aren’t allowed to take their cases into the hall. Any of them…even FWSO whose home this is supposedly is. On top of that, the FWSO musicians aren’t allowed to use their own locks on the lockers any more. They have to get one from BPH, which many won’t do because you can’t trust a super-expensive instrument not to be stolen when someone else gave you the lock. So now when many musicians would previously go into the lobby to talk to the audience post-show, they’re just leaving instead. Loss of good will. Loss of connection. Missed opportunity on creating more ticket-buyers and subscribers. But safety y’all…when really the only thing they’re checking bags for is food and drink. Utterly ridiculous.’
UPDATE: Fort Worth just got even worse.