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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 2010-2011 Successes
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

August, 2011

FORT WORTH — FWSO board chairman Mrs. Sid R. Bass is pleased to announce that the 2010-2011 fiscal year was both an artistic and administrative success, culminating with a balanced budget for the season.

“With aggressive fundraising strategies, strong ticket sales and rigorous budget controls in place, the orchestra is positioned for a bright future,” Mrs. Bass said.

Ann Koonsman, whose retirement as FWSO president coincided with the end of the season, said: “I am enormously pleased to leave the orchestra on solid footing, an achievement shared by the men and women of the board, staff and orchestra.

“Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya is to be applauded for his active involvement in making new friends for the orchestra and working within the budgetary constraints that were imposed on the organization. Not only is he a uniquely gifted artist, but he possesses uncommon energy and commitment to leading this orchestra to the next level.”

Successes of the 2010-2011 season include:

  • A balanced budget of $12 million.
  • A 2 percent increase in subscriptions.
  • Record ticket-sales revenue at Concerts in the Garden, the orchestra's outdoor festival that spans five weekends in early summer.
  • Artistic triumphs beginning with the Baroque Festival and continuing through the season, including composer-in-residence Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, Tan Dun’s innovative Water Concerto, concerts celebrating the 300th anniversary of the orchestra’s Davis Stradivarius, and pops concerts by acclaimed superstars such as Johnny Mathis and the ever-popular Oak Ridge Boys.
  • A two-year master agreement negotiated with the musicians’ union.
  • The appointment of Amy Adkins to succeed Ann Koonsman as president and CEO.
  • New audience outreach efforts, including an open house featuring free symphony concerts at Bass Hall during the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival; the Life Is Better With Music marketing campaign and its popular T-shirt; and the distribution of 10,000 free copies of a CD sampler of FWSO recordings. 

“It was a season that tested this organization at every level, and we rose to those challenges,” Koonsman said.


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