Trump country stages America Strong symphony concert

Trump country stages America Strong symphony concert


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2021

From the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra:

As an ode to the country’s perseverance throughout the past year, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) today announced it will host a special, socially distanced America Strong concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on July 4, 2021. The one-night-only performance will feature more than 60 minutes of music from the highly regarded FWSO and world-renowned opera singers, all conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

The FWSO Board Chairman Mercedes T. Bass stated, “As the chairman of the FWSO board, I am so proud of how this organization has continued to perform live during this pandemic. The gift of live music continues to provide a healing power to communities during some of the most trying times. The America Strong 2021 concert will feature leading composers and opera singers who represent the very fabric of our country and join the orchestra in performing for a live, socially distanced audience. This is our gift to the Fort Worth community and beyond for showing such resilience over the past year of this pandemic. We invite all of you to join us at Dickies Arena on July 4 for this celebratory concert.”

Could you ever make it up?


  • Dave says:

    That particular “Trump Country” county voted for Biden in this last election. Just saying…

    • PaulD says:

      Yes, but Biden still thinks they are “Neanderthals” for the reopening that allows this.

    • Maria says:

      Who cares! All sounds pretty horrendous anyhow.

    • Nijinsky says:

      Thank You. I totally fail to see what this has to do with Trump. In addition to that the soloists are both Black Americans, two of the composers as well, and the other is Latino.

      The only thing it has to do with Trump, is that mentioning him you get click bait, volatility, expand the lowest denominator, which is how Trump was “elected” to begin with, which I don’t think this site is intentionally promoting to recapitulate.

    • Nijinsky says:

      I also totally don’t understand this habit of “harping” on certain issues to such a degree it gives the party being “harped” on exactly what they need in order to say: “look he, or they think I’m evil, we’re in danger we’re being attacked.” It certainly does not inspire them to question their own beliefs, to have them harped on as fodder for sarcasm and ridicule.

      What kind of mobbing is this supposed to accomplish? what society is it supposed to induce? I would call it “childish,” but that’s insulting to the essence of what a child really is, a child that doesn’t have it in their nature to take part in such behavior, but has to first be “indoctrinated,” “disciplined,” and there you have the whole vicious cycle on both sides.

      For CHRIST’S SAKE!

    • Hayne says:

      Dementia rules there. Sweet!

  • John Kelly says:

    Texas isn’t really Trump country. There are a large number of Democratic voters, unfortunately not enough to get rid of Ted Cruz, a problem hopefully they will rectify at their earliest opportunity. John Boehner was certainly no fan…

  • Batty says:

    Most American orchestras stage July 4th concerts so this is hardly a novelty.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I don’t see any connection at all between Trump and this upcoming concert.
    The Trumpublicans do not have exclusive rights to the word “America” or the phrase “America Strong”.
    And as Dave pointed out in another comment, this county voted for Biden in 2020.
    Could this headline merely be click-bait? Nawwww….

  • Reality-based says:

    Trumpsters don’t go to orchestra concerts. Scotty Baio, Christian rock and washed-up Country musicians are more their style.

  • Count Pete says:

    Seems like a perfectly normal notion and statement.

  • Alank says:

    Mr. Lebrecht should not wander too far from the UK in writing these silly political musings. His knowledge of music is impressive and admirable, and the gossip news he collects amusing enough to bring me back to this site often. His knowledge and insight on American Politics not so much. Mostly a variation on the snarky and superficial comments one finds on American leftwing media. Better he amuse us with his views on the upcoming funeral of Prince Phillip. Plenty of room for snarkiness!

  • Ed says:

    I don’t get it.

  • Karl says:

    Hasn’t word gotten across the pond? The 4th of July is a celebration of white supremacy. The Nike guy says so and that means it must be true.

  • Phillip Rose says:

    Article posted from Boris Country.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Yes, you couldn’t ever conceive of those ‘deplorables’ being actual human beings. It beggars belief. Their jobs are to die on the field of battle for their ‘betters’, after all. That’ll teach ’em for behaving above their stations in life!!

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Nice singers (Latonia Moore and Morris Robinson). I sincerely hope the FW Symphony won’t exploit them and embarrass itself by programming highlights from Porgy and Bess. These fine singers know other music…

  • debuschubertussy says:

    I don’t understand the point/relevance of the headline…

    • Just saying says:

      Relevance, zero. The point? Using a snarky, misinformed header to instigate dispute… and here we are.

      • David K. Nelson says:

        My sense is that our host has no clear notion of how respected this orchestra is, or how it can be that cities with which he is unfamiliar can have good orchestras. That give real concerts.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    “America Strong” is not a Trump or other right-wing phrase, despite its nationalist twang; it has become the title of the final human interest story on the ABC nightly news broadcast. (The American Broadcasting Corporation is one of the original three national networks and does not resemble Fox News or Fox’s brethren to its right.)

    • Jeff says:

      If Dudamel would have done this from LA it wouldn’t have made for such an interesting click bait headline. Really pathetic

  • Eden says:

    I don’t get the tone of your post. Indeed, Fort Worth, as did every major city in Texas, went for Biden. And the FWSO is no slouch outfit. It’s a very good symphony, and they tirelessly accompany every finalist performance for all the Cliburn competitions—marathon playing over several days. Bass Hall is spectacular. While FW is not a beautiful city at all, it is a major cultural center with world class art museums. I live in Dallas so I speak from experience.

  • Celloman says:

    Sounds like someone is jealous that Texas is opening back up.While NY institutions like The Met are still unwilling to pay their musicians.

    • Sisko24 says:

      Just an interesting side-point, the chair of the Fort Worth Symphony-which is being supported during the pandemic-is Mercedes T. Bass who is also a vice-chair of the Metropolitan Opera.

  • Dave T says:

    “Could you ever make it up?”

    What? It must be difficult for a British subject to understand that Americans would want to come together in unity after challenging times such as these and do an ever-so-slight bit of flag waiving.
    I guess we’re just different.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Nice job ignoring the words “socially distanced” in the announcement.