As Spectrum begins our 34th season of presenting incredible chamber music performances given by musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends, I have a number of exciting things to share with you!
The first thing is what you are looking at now: Our new and improved website. In addition to having a new, dynamic format, the site includes a “Director’s Notes” blog that features all the exciting things that are coming to Spectrum. Since we don’t usually finalize the program until a few weeks before each performance (find out why here), this is the place to find out what we’ve added as we add them. The blog will also feature interviews, program notes, concert follow-ups, and other musings. In other words, you’ll want to check back often. Thanks to Karl Thibodeaux from First Jefferson for taking on the roles of web designer and webmaster.
As mentioned above, we usually don’t plan our programs way in advance, but this year we are breaking the mold a bit by announcing two exciting performances that will bookend our season: The world premiere of Flights of Fancy, an exciting one-movement string quartet written by composer and friend of Spectrum, Till MacIvor Meyn, and a complete production of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic music-theater piece, L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale). Putting these performances together requires more behind-the-scenes work than usual, but we are thrilled to go beyond the traditional Spectrum model to share these events with you.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to welcome Victoria Paarup as the new Assistant Director of Spectrum. Tori recently joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Operations Coordinator, and she has already become a great asset for our series, as well. (You’ll find out more about her in a future blog entry.)
So here’s the thing: For an organization that’s old enough to begin having its own midlife crisis, it has been said that Spectrum is still one of the best kept secrets in Fort Worth. While our audience turnout has improved greatly over the past few years, we want to share our love for chamber music with as many people as possible. In fact, my goal by the end of the season is to DOUBLE the average audience size for each concert. We’ll do our part to make that happen, and we hope you’ll do yours. If you are a Spectrum fan, please spread the word about our series, and encourage your friends and family to sign up for our email list, so we can reach more of the community at large.
Looking forward to another exciting Spectrum season!!
Director, Spectrum Chamber Music Society