News

The WFSO is eagerly awaiting the Saturday, April 17, 2021 concert which will welcome a limited in-person audience to Memorial Auditorium.   The limited number of tickets were offered to season subscribers first and sold out quickly.   

 
 

9-16-20

THE LIVE AT THE LAKE CONCERT PLANNED FOR 9-17-20 HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Due to the current restrictions in place by the City of Wichita Falls, the Live at the Lake concert with the WFSO has been cancelled.  The event was scheduled to take place at the Museum of Art at MSU’s Priddy Pavilion on Sept. 17.  In order to keep our patrons and musicians safe, the WFSO and MSU Museum of Art has made the decision to cancel this outdoor event.  

Please watch for updates this fall about events happening with the WFSO. Season tickets for our Spring Concert Season go on sale in October! 

 

7-10-2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 WICHITA FALLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DELAYS START OF 2020/2021 SEASON  Wichita Falls, TX (July 13, 2020)

 The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will delay the start of the 2020-2021 concert season due to the challenges and uncertainties created by COVID-19. “This was a difficult decision but one we believe allows us the best opportunity to sustain our organization through the current crisis, fulfill our mission to promote symphonic music in the Texoma community, and be well-positioned to recover quickly,” stated WFSO Board President, Elizabeth Yeager.

 WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges says, “Our top priority has to be the health and safety of our patrons, musicians and staff. Our current plan is to begin our concert season in January 2021 with a full concert at Memorial Auditorium that includes plans to allow for safe social distancing for our musicians and our audience.” This decision was the result of careful consideration of a number of financial, logistical, and health and safety factors. Among these challenges included the state’s June 3 reopening guidelines limiting performance halls to 50% capacity and the requirement for socially distanced seating for orchestra musicians and audience members. The spring season will include adapted education programs and subscription concerts in January, February, and April. Plans are being made for alternative performance opportunities for WFSO musicians, including small ensemble performances at different venues in the community. The WFSO also hopes to present a chamber group at The Priddy Pavilion on September 17, 2020 as part of the Live at the Lake Concert series.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our musicians, many of whom rely solely on performances at concerts like ours. They have lost virtually all of that income,” said Deges. “Financial contributions from our loyal patrons will be more crucial now than ever to make our 2020-2021 season possible. Annual Fund contributions can be made now either online or by mail.”

 Yeager says, “Our goal is the long-term sustainability of the WFSO. By preserving our capital today, we expect to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2021-2022 with a full season of outstanding symphonic music.”  WFSO patrons can expect season ticket renewals to begin in October 2020 and will have the opportunity to confirm their subscription with season ticket holders receiving first priority for seating. 

Inquiries regarding subscriptions and ticket sales may be directed to WFSO Box Office Manager, Jenny Oliver at 940-723-6202 or via email at info@wfso.org.  Other inquiries can be made by contacting WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges at 940-723-6202 or via email at wfsoed@wfso.org. 

 

May 29, 2020 —  Dear family and friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

In an effort to be responsible with our resources and faithful to our mission, the Wichita Falls Symphony board or directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the rescheduled concert on August 15, 2020.  The uncertainty of holding a large gathering and the amount of planning and resources required to do that will just not allow us to move forward with the concert. Though this news is disappointing, the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff is our first priority.  Please consider donating the cost of your tickets for a tax deduction or allowing the value of the tickets to be used as a credit next season.  This would greatly assist us during this challenging period when we are unable to provide concerts. 

While we are unable to perform at Memorial Auditorium, the WFSO is working hard to find creative ways to keep the music alive.  We invite you to tune in to our new weekly music playlist, Legato in times of Staccato at  https://www.wfso.org/2019/05/02/legato-in-times-of-staccato/ .  Also be sure to follow our social media channels for updates and ways to connect with us while we are apart.   Please stay safe and healthy.  We look forward to being back with you in the concert hall very soon.

TICKETING OPTIONS

We hope that you will consider exchanging or donating your tickets and have several convenient options:

Donate your ticket.  Your tax-deductible donation will help the Wichita Falls Symphony fulfill its mission and is especially appreciated during this time of uncertainty.

Exchange your ticket. We would love for you to join us at a future performance in the 20-21 concert season.

Receive credit on your account. Unsure of which concert you would like to exchange for? We will place your funds on your account for future use.

For other ticketing options, please contact the WFSO office via email at info@wfso.org or by phone (940)723-6202.

Sincerely,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

4-29-20 — Dear Friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

During these unprecedented times when we cannot gather in person, we are constantly exploring ways that we as an organization can connect with you. In looking to the future, we will make decisions based upon two overriding guiding principles. First and foremost, we will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff. Second, we will strive to ensure that the mission of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is upheld and sustained. For us, this means commitment to promoting music that enriches our lives, educates our students, and entertains our audiences.

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and the impact that both have on the WFSO. While this disruption is significant, and will undoubtedly require a lengthy recovery, we are confident that we will come out of this stronger than before. The WFSO has been a leading cultural force in Texoma for almost 75 years and our foundation remains firm. We are grateful for the continued support of our donors and patrons. Decades of strong board leadership have ensured that we have a solid foundation to withstand financial stresses while maintaining our commitment to artistic excellence and providing our region with inspiring symphonic music.

To date, the leadership of the WFSO has taken focused action to ensure the safety of our patrons and our musicians: 

  • We have rescheduled our April 2020 concert to August 15, 2020.
  • We continue to monitor and reassess our upcoming season to ensure the safety and health of our musicians and audiences. To that end we are considering a number of options such as social distancing within Memorial Auditorium and streaming concerts online in real time.

Although, at this moment, we are disappointed that we cannot share live music with you we remain optimistic about our future. The adversity we are facing today will almost certainly usher in opportunities for new and creative ideas that will allow us to continue to engage and connect with you. Our shared love of great symphonic music will without a doubt carry us through this difficult and challenging time. 

We are grateful for your ongoing support and treasure your commitment to the WFSO throughout the years. We look forward to better days and a brighter future.

 

Fouad Fakhouri                                 Alicia Deges                                        Elizabeth Yeager

Music Director                                   Executive Director                           Board President

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Updated 3-30-20, 3:15PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

We are all sharing a world that is very different than it was just several weeks ago, and it’s changing by the day. However, we are optimistic that we will return to the stage at Memorial Auditorium for our 20/21 season!

Last week we shared with you our plan to postpone the final concert of the season which was scheduled to take place on April 18th. We will continue to closely monitor updates and recommendations from our public health officials regarding the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our future performances.

At this time, the WFSO is looking to reschedule the “Brilliantly Orchestrated” concert on August 15, 2020. We will communicate more details as soon as they become available. If you are a current season ticket holder, your 2019-20 season ticket will be honored at the rescheduled concert.

Anyone who purchased single tickets to the April concert can:

~Retain your tickets for the rescheduled concert;

~Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value;

~Receive a refund for the value of your ticket.

For assistance, please contact us by email at info@wfso.org, by phone at 940-723-6202.

We are thankful that you — our patrons, donors, and friends — have helped us prepare for this challenging time. Your ongoing connection to and support of our organization through the years has helped make us who we are today and prepared us to meet this enormous challenge. While we are well-positioned, we all know that we are facing uncharted territory and uncertainty about what the future may bring. February marked the beginning of our Annual Fund Campaign which raises vital funds for the incredible concerts we bring to the community each season. We hope that you will continue to support the WFSO even now as planning is underway for our 20/21 season.

Yours,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

Updated 3-25-20, 12:00PM

Our Office is Temporarily Closed March 23 – April 6, 2020

In order to protect the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff – and comply with local, federal and state recommendations, the Wichita Falls Symphony staff will be working remotely between March 23 and April 6.

During this period, you are invited to leave a telephone message for the office at 940-723-6202 or send us an email message at info@wfso.org.  Our staff will respond as soon as they can. During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to follow the CDC‘s guidelines and be safe.

At the end of the two weeks, we will evaluate and determine the next steps based on the advice of our health authorities.

 

Updated 3-16-20, 4:30PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is postponing our April 18, 2020 concert, Brilliantly Orchestrated, with guest pianist Andrey Ponochevny. More information will made available to patrons via email, phone, social media, and posted on our website, www.wfso.org. In the meantime, please hold on to your tickets.

While our concerts and programs are crucial to the fulfillment of our mission, we are most concerned for the health and well-being of our patrons, orchestra musicians, and staff. We ask that you follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and be vigilant in seeking information from trusted sources.

We look forward to bringing music to the stage of Memorial Auditorium as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours,
Alicia Deges
Executive Director

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

DATE:                     JANUARY 12, 2021

 

SUBJECT:                WICHITA FALLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT UPDATE

 

CONTACT:              Alicia Deges, WFSO Executive Director 

                                940-723-6202

The board of directors of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra voted to hold the January 23, 2021 concert without a live audience.  “The safety of our musicians, audience and staff is always going to be our highest priority”, stated Music Director, Fouad Fakhouri. 

While we are very anxious to welcome you back to Memorial Auditorium and live concerts, we feel that a more cautious approach is best at this time when COVID infection rates are once again on the rise. 

A reduced complement of WFSO musicians will gather to perform the concert as planned. However, a live audience will not be present at the January 23 concert.  A professional video will be recorded, produced and made available for on-demand viewing beginning January 30, 2021.  Online access to the concert can be purchased online at wfso.org, or by calling the WFSO administrative office at 940-723-6202.

Additionally, a “Wine and Music Pairing” program will be offered in conjunction with the concert.  Patrons will have the opportunity to enhance their at-home concert experience by purchasing specially selected wines to accompany the music being performed.  Wine-expert Carl Andrews from Moreson Wineries, will use his skills to pair the perfect wine to complement the concert, offering unique tasting notes for each selection.  Local wineries involved in the project include Horseshoe Bend Cellars, Hook & Ladder Wine Co, 6th Street Winery. OG Cellars, WF Brewing Company, as well as Brie Charcuterie. 

Information about purchasing an On-Demand tickets and the Wine and Music Pairing program can be found on the WFSO website at wfso.org. 

 
 

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2020

Subject: The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Jazz Band Performance on Sheppard AFB

Contact:  Alicia Deges, WFSO Executive Director

               Amanda Peck, WFSO Director of Education & Community Outreach

Phone: 940-723-6202

On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble held a performance titled, “Jazz on the Lawn,” on Sheppard Air Force Base. Twelve musicians performed jazz standards and popular tunes for our military members and their families at the Parade Grounds on the base. The concert was sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians in an effort to provide admission-free music in communities.

The concert took place at 4PM, and the audience was scattered across the parade field lawn, with plenty of room to safely distance family groups. The musicians were innovative by using special masks created for playing wind and brass instruments, and distanced during the performance. “The safety of our musicians and our audience is our highest priority,” stated Alicia Deges, WFSO’s Executive Director. “We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where people felt comfortable coming out and enjoying some live music.”

The performance was meaningful to WFSO musicians as well, providing the first opportunity to play music together since February. “It was such an incredible feeling to be able to perform together again,” said double-bass player, Amanda Peck. Amanda is also the WFSO’s Director of Education and Community Engagement and was also responsible for coordination efforts surrounding the event. The event was attended by roughly 200 service members and their families.  The concert was also enjoyed by SAFB leadership, including Brigadier General Kenyon Bell, Commander of Sheppard AFB, who attended and expressed his gratitude to the WFSO for providing the concert for the personnel at SAFB.

 
 

UPDATE! 9-16-20

THE LIVE AT THE LAKE CONCERT PLANNED FOR 9-17-20 HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

Due to the current restrictions in place by the City of Wichita Falls, the Live at the Lake concert with the WFSO has been cancelled.  The event was scheduled to take place at the Museum of Art at MSU’s Priddy Pavilion on Sept. 17.  In order to keep our patrons and musicians safe, the WFSO and MSU Museum of Art has made the decision to cancel this outdoor event.  

Please watch for updates this fall about events happening with the WFSO. Season tickets for our Spring Concert Season go on sale in October! 

 

Updated 7-10-2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 WICHITA FALLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DELAYS START OF 2020/2021 SEASON  Wichita Falls, TX (July 13, 2020)

 The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra will delay the start of the 2020-2021 concert season due to the challenges and uncertainties created by COVID-19. “This was a difficult decision but one we believe allows us the best opportunity to sustain our organization through the current crisis, fulfill our mission to promote symphonic music in the Texoma community, and be well-positioned to recover quickly,” stated WFSO Board President, Elizabeth Yeager.

 WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges says, “Our top priority has to be the health and safety of our patrons, musicians and staff. Our current plan is to begin our concert season in January 2021 with a full concert at Memorial Auditorium that includes plans to allow for safe social distancing for our musicians and our audience.” This decision was the result of careful consideration of a number of financial, logistical, and health and safety factors. Among these challenges included the state’s June 3 reopening guidelines limiting performance halls to 50% capacity and the requirement for socially distanced seating for orchestra musicians and audience members. The spring season will include adapted education programs and subscription concerts in January, February, and April. Plans are being made for alternative performance opportunities for WFSO musicians, including small ensemble performances at different venues in the community. The WFSO also hopes to present a chamber group at The Priddy Pavilion on September 17, 2020 as part of the Live at the Lake Concert series.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our musicians, many of whom rely solely on performances at concerts like ours. They have lost virtually all of that income,” said Deges. “Financial contributions from our loyal patrons will be more crucial now than ever to make our 2020-2021 season possible. Annual Fund contributions can be made now either online or by mail.”

 Yeager says, “Our goal is the long-term sustainability of the WFSO. By preserving our capital today, we expect to celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2021-2022 with a full season of outstanding symphonic music.”  WFSO patrons can expect season ticket renewals to begin in October 2020 and will have the opportunity to confirm their subscription with season ticket holders receiving first priority for seating. 

Inquiries regarding subscriptions and ticket sales may be directed to WFSO Box Office Manager, Jenny Oliver at 940-723-6202 or via email at info@wfso.org.  Other inquiries can be made by contacting WFSO Executive Director Alicia Deges at 940-723-6202 or via email at wfsoed@wfso.org. 

 

May 29, 2020 —  Dear family and friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

In an effort to be responsible with our resources and faithful to our mission, the Wichita Falls Symphony board or directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the rescheduled concert on August 15, 2020.  The uncertainty of holding a large gathering and the amount of planning and resources required to do that will just not allow us to move forward with the concert. Though this news is disappointing, the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff is our first priority.  Please consider donating the cost of your tickets for a tax deduction or allowing the value of the tickets to be used as a credit next season.  This would greatly assist us during this challenging period when we are unable to provide concerts. 

While we are unable to perform at Memorial Auditorium, the WFSO is working hard to find creative ways to keep the music alive.  We invite you to tune in to our new weekly music playlist, Legato in times of Staccato at  https://www.wfso.org/2019/05/02/legato-in-times-of-staccato/ .  Also be sure to follow our social media channels for updates and ways to connect with us while we are apart.   Please stay safe and healthy.  We look forward to being back with you in the concert hall very soon.

TICKETING OPTIONS

We hope that you will consider exchanging or donating your tickets and have several convenient options:

Donate your ticket.  Your tax-deductible donation will help the Wichita Falls Symphony fulfill its mission and is especially appreciated during this time of uncertainty.

Exchange your ticket. We would love for you to join us at a future performance in the 20-21 concert season.

Receive credit on your account. Unsure of which concert you would like to exchange for? We will place your funds on your account for future use.

For other ticketing options, please contact the WFSO office via email at info@wfso.org or by phone (940)723-6202.

Sincerely,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

4-29-20 — Dear Friends of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra,

During these unprecedented times when we cannot gather in person, we are constantly exploring ways that we as an organization can connect with you. In looking to the future, we will make decisions based upon two overriding guiding principles. First and foremost, we will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our musicians, patrons, and staff. Second, we will strive to ensure that the mission of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is upheld and sustained. For us, this means commitment to promoting music that enriches our lives, educates our students, and entertains our audiences.

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and the impact that both have on the WFSO. While this disruption is significant, and will undoubtedly require a lengthy recovery, we are confident that we will come out of this stronger than before. The WFSO has been a leading cultural force in Texoma for almost 75 years and our foundation remains firm. We are grateful for the continued support of our donors and patrons. Decades of strong board leadership have ensured that we have a solid foundation to withstand financial stresses while maintaining our commitment to artistic excellence and providing our region with inspiring symphonic music.

To date, the leadership of the WFSO has taken focused action to ensure the safety of our patrons and our musicians: 

  • We have rescheduled our April 2020 concert to August 15, 2020.
  • We continue to monitor and reassess our upcoming season to ensure the safety and health of our musicians and audiences. To that end we are considering a number of options such as social distancing within Memorial Auditorium and streaming concerts online in real time.

Although, at this moment, we are disappointed that we cannot share live music with you we remain optimistic about our future. The adversity we are facing today will almost certainly usher in opportunities for new and creative ideas that will allow us to continue to engage and connect with you. Our shared love of great symphonic music will without a doubt carry us through this difficult and challenging time. 

We are grateful for your ongoing support and treasure your commitment to the WFSO throughout the years. We look forward to better days and a brighter future.

 

Fouad Fakhouri                                 Alicia Deges                                        Elizabeth Yeager

Music Director                                   Executive Director                           Board President

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Updated 3-30-20, 3:15PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

We are all sharing a world that is very different than it was just several weeks ago, and it’s changing by the day. However, we are optimistic that we will return to the stage at Memorial Auditorium for our 20/21 season!

Last week we shared with you our plan to postpone the final concert of the season which was scheduled to take place on April 18th. We will continue to closely monitor updates and recommendations from our public health officials regarding the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our future performances.

At this time, the WFSO is looking to reschedule the “Brilliantly Orchestrated” concert on August 15, 2020. We will communicate more details as soon as they become available. If you are a current season ticket holder, your 2019-20 season ticket will be honored at the rescheduled concert.

Anyone who purchased single tickets to the April concert can:

~Retain your tickets for the rescheduled concert;

~Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value;

~Receive a refund for the value of your ticket.

For assistance, please contact us by email at info@wfso.org, by phone at 940-723-6202.

We are thankful that you — our patrons, donors, and friends — have helped us prepare for this challenging time. Your ongoing connection to and support of our organization through the years has helped make us who we are today and prepared us to meet this enormous challenge. While we are well-positioned, we all know that we are facing uncharted territory and uncertainty about what the future may bring. February marked the beginning of our Annual Fund Campaign which raises vital funds for the incredible concerts we bring to the community each season. We hope that you will continue to support the WFSO even now as planning is underway for our 20/21 season.

Yours,

Alicia Deges

Executive Director

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

 

Updated 3-25-20, 12:00PM

Our Office is Temporarily Closed March 23 – April 6, 2020

In order to protect the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff – and comply with local, federal and state recommendations, the Wichita Falls Symphony staff will be working remotely between March 23 and April 6.

During this period, you are invited to leave a telephone message for the office at 940-723-6202 or send us an email message at info@wfso.org.  Our staff will respond as soon as they can. During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to follow the CDC‘s guidelines and be safe.

At the end of the two weeks, we will evaluate and determine the next steps based on the advice of our health authorities.

 

Updated 3-16-20, 4:30PM

Dear Friends of the WFSO:

Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is postponing our April 18, 2020 concert, Brilliantly Orchestrated, with guest pianist Andrey Ponochevny. More information will made available to patrons via email, phone, social media, and posted on our website, www.wfso.org. In the meantime, please hold on to your tickets.

While our concerts and programs are crucial to the fulfillment of our mission, we are most concerned for the health and well-being of our patrons, orchestra musicians, and staff. We ask that you follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and be vigilant in seeking information from trusted sources.

We look forward to bringing music to the stage of Memorial Auditorium as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

Yours,
Alicia Deges
Executive Director

 
 

Music has an amazing way to connect people in any circumstance.  There is something about it that seems to bring us closer together when we listen, play or sing together. The WFSO is committed to providing you with the joy of music, even when we are not in the concert hall together.  We will provide a weekly play list for you, “Legato in times of Staccato”, curated by Music Director, Fouad Fakhouri.  Simply click on each of the titles on the list below to view a special music selection. Also included each week is a Spotify playlist for you to enjoy all the selections together. 
 We invite you to participate each week by sending us music (from any genre) that you have found comforting and uplifting. We hope that through music we can encourage each other through these uncertain times. Send your play list additions to us at info@wfso.org. Preferable formats are YouTube and Sound Cloud clips, or just share the title and artist or composer and we will do our best to find it!

 

Legato in times of Staccato

   Curated by Music Director, Fouad Fakhouri 

Previous Playlists

 

April 13th – Playlist #1 
July 8th – Playlist #14
April 13th – Playlist #2
July 15th – Playlist #15  “Ennio Morricone”
April 20th – Playlist #3
July 22nd – Playlist #16 “Great Movie Themes”
April 27th – Playlist #4
July 29th – Playlist #17
May 4th – Playlist #5
August 5th – Playlist #18
May 11th – Playlist #6
August 12th – Playlist #19 “Great Movie Themes”
May 18th- Playlist #7
August 19th – Playlist #20
May 26th – Playlist #8
August 26th – Playlist #21 “The Music of John Williams”
June 3rd – Playlist #9
September 2nd – Playlist #22
June 10th – Playlist #10
September 9th – Playlist #23 “The Music of John Williams”
June 17th – Playlist #11
September 16th – Playlist #24
June 24th – Playlist #12
September 23rd – Playlist #25 “The Music of John Williams”
July 1st – Playlist #13
September 30th – Playlist #26 “Classic Broadway”

 

 

***To access all of our Legato in times of Staccato playlists on spotify, click here!***

 
 

Richard Carter for the Times Record News – June 21, 2020

One of the more striking and heartening images that came from Italy during its battle with Covid-19 were the films of neighbors on their balconies playing musical instruments to connect with one another.

Inspired by those scenes, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra created a weekly playlist on its website www.wfso.org titled “Legato in times of Staccato,” according to ED Alicia Deges. The musical selections are curated by WFSO music director and conductor Fouad Fakhouri.

“We were thinking of things we could do to connect with people,” said Deges, “since we can’t be together in the concert hall. Legato is a musical term that is used to connect a group of notes together. Staccato is used to give notes space and detachment from each other. Music is such a great way to keep people connected.”

Each week, the WFSO lists a music playlist developed and annotated by Fakhouri, who is currently living in Michigan and NYC. In addition to the music that he selects, the lists also incorporate community submissions from those who email the symphony at info@wfso.org. The most recent May 10 list features performances of pieces by Strauss, Sibelius, Cage, Kancheli and even Rush’s “Force Ten” for classic rockers.

There’s nothing to download to enjoy the curated program, said Fakhouri. Simply go to the WFSO website, click the “Legato in times of Staccato” button, choose a list, and click on the piece to listen to the work on Youtube.com or Spotify.  “It’s been fun; it’s been interesting,” said Fakhouri. “It’s opened me to reconsider pieces that I haven’t heard or spoken about in a while. Pieces that I may not be able to perform for a number of factors – because they are too long or require a choir (the latter has been shown to spread Covid-19). It’s been an interesting way to continue to interact with our audience.”

To continue reading the article click the link here: https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/entertainment/2020/06/21/legato-times-staccato-wichita-falls-symphony-orchestra/3207950001/ 

 

 
 

Cellist Julian Schwarz will perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no. 1 with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra  at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are available at www.WFSO.org.

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM, the WFSO presented their concert titled “Russian Masterpieces,” featuring Seattle native Julian Schwarz performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 (1956).  The performance was extremely successful, and the WFSO is honored to have featured such a phenomenal musician. 

Growing up in Seattle, Julian Schwarz grew up in a family where classical music was the family business.

His mother’s family was rich in musicians with relatives playing in symphonies across the country, as was as his father Gerard who served as conductor of the Seattle Symphony.         

Schwarz and his siblings began playing piano at 4, “to get a basis in counterpoint and harmony and clef reading,” he said. “After a year or so, we could switch to another instrument.

“I wanted to play double bass but my brother had taken it, so I started playing cello at age 6. I wasn’t that serious then. By the time I was 10, I was on my way.”

The cellist has his bachelor’s and master’s from Julliard and teaches at Shenandoah University in Virginia. He also performs with his fiancée pianist Marika Bournaki In New York City as well as the Frisson Ensemble (a mixed nonet of winds and strings), and the Mile-End Trio with a violinist and Bournaki. 

For more information on Julian Schwarz, please visit the article below!

https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/2020/02/28/julian-schwarz-wichita-falls-symphony-orchestra/4860069002/

 

 
 

We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new Wichita Falls Symphony Store!

 

 

Available exclusively online, our Store will feature merchandise for all types of music lovers, including classical, opera, jazz—and even guitar enthusiasts. Each department has been curated with different price points and artisan-focused finds.

Some of our favorite Symphony Store finds include:

Piano Wire Necklace

Guitar String Bracelet

Violin Bottle Opener

Concerto Violin Mug

Bach Lapel Pin 

 

“The new Store has been designed to appeal to all types of music lovers,” said Alicia Deges, Executive Director. “We hope that our audiences will discover unique finds not only for themselves but as thoughtful gifts for family and friends,” she continued.

Store items may be shipped anywhere throughout North America; we will offer free shipping on orders totaling $50 or more.

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For any arts organization to survive for 73 years, much less thrive that long, is quite an accomplishment. That’s exactly what the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra has done this year as it inches closer to achieving the impressive landmark of serving our community for three-quarters of a century. Alicia Deges, the new Executive Director, says “it’s exciting to see how the WFSO is reaching beyond our incredible performances to now also focus on quality educational and community outreach events that touch people from all walks of life.”

The 2019-2020 season, dubbed “Inside Symphonic Music,” opened on September 21st with internationally recognized pianist Joyce Yang performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” According to Maestro Fakhouri, “Working with Joyce Yang was an extremely rewarding experience for all involved. She is a very gifted pianist who is also a wonderful collaborator.”

The second concert of the season continues with the music of Beethoven, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated worldwide in December. Texomans will also have the opportunity to hear a lesser-played symphony by Mozart, as well as the overture to “The Barber of Seville,” a comic opera by Gioachino Rossini about the amorous young Count Almaviva’s attempts to win the hand of the beautiful Rosina.

The second work on the program Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25 in G minor,” written in 1773. “To think that this dramatic symphony was penned by a 17-year old is almost mind-boggling,” says Fakhouri. “Mozart is certainly one of history’s best operatic composers and his symphonies, in my opinion, are just as dramatic and powerful as his operas. It is not a coincidence that Czech director Miloš Forman used the first movement of this symphony as the opening music to his movie ‘Amadeus.’”

The featured work in this concert is Beethoven’s “7th Symphony,” which marks a radical break with the stylistic conventions of the Classical period, while at the same time pointing to the Romantic movement to come. Fakhouri chose the three composers on this program because there are some interesting ties between them. Early in his career, Beethoven worked hard to break free from the overpowering shadow of Mozart, and in turn, at the end of his career, his music, which had gotten very heavy and complex, was challenged by the much lighter, more melodic music of Rossini.

The “7th Symphony” premiered three years before Rossini’s opera in 1813 at a charity concert for wounded soldiers in Vienna. As Fakhouri explains it, “the rhythmic vitality and innovation in Beethoven’s 7th is revolutionary because it uses incessant rhythmic figures as the glue that propels the entire piece. No wonder Wagner described this symphony as the ‘The Apotheosis of Dance.’”

December marks the second major film-and-music concert performed by the WFSO with “Home Alone in Concert” on the 14th. According to Deges, “Attending this concert is definitely a must for your holiday season. The full movie will be presented on the big screen while our wonderful orchestra performs the score live for the audience.” Anyone who attended “Pixar in Concert” two seasons ago will surely recall with pleasure the excitement of that live multi-media event.

Along with the WFSO’s new “Symphony Kids Night Out” at the Bill Bartley Family YMCA the night of the show, they are also hosting “Beethoven at the Brewery” on November 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Wichita Falls Brewing Company. “Beethoven at the Brewery” is a chance for anyone interested in hearing live music performed by a handful of WFSO musicians, as well as an opportunity to share a brew with the conductor, staff, and symphony volunteers in an intimate setting. For more info on these events and the concert itself, contact 723-6202 or wfso.org.

Written by Todd Giles.