Of all the world’s musical trouble spots, Fort Worth has shown the highest burnout rate in the past year.
First, the orchestra got locked out of its hall for four months when musicians had the temerity to resist a deep cut in their wage packet. The FWSO president Amy Adkins ordered them to play up or be replaced. Five months after the dispute was settled, she waltzed out of music to a better job.
In February, Fort Worth Opera fired its innovative general director. Overnight.
This week, Bass Performance Hall threw out the music director Miguel Hart-Bedoya for trying to smuggle in a child’s violin…
Instead of apologising, the Hall president said the maestro should have known better. Musicians complain they have no place of safety to keep their instruments.
Bass Hall is where the Van Cliburn Competition is taking place next month. When we described the temperature there as ‘frigid’, locals said that was an understatement.
Fort Worth is a tough town. Don’t take a handkerchief with you to the competition or you might get stopped. Any expectation of pleasure is being killed at the door.
That’s the atmosphere in which the Van Cliburn Competition opens next week.