Welcome to Our 34th Season!

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!!

Sincerely,
Dan Sigale
Director, Spectrum Chamber Music Society

2019-20 Season Dates Announced

Fall 2019

Featuring the World Premiere of
Till MacIvor Meyn’s
Flights of Fancy for String Quartet

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:30pm —Spectrum East

Monday, October 7th, 7:00pm—Spectrum Downtown

Winter 2020

Monday, February 10th, 7:30pm—Spectrum East

Monday, February 17th, 7:00pm—Spectrum Downtown

Spring 2020

Featuring the Spectrum Premiere of
Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Tuesday, May 11th, 7:30pm—Spectrum East

Monday, June 1, 7:00pm—Spectrum Downtown

Join us after each performance for a post-concert reception!

Season 33 Continues!

Spectrum Celebrates Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day season, and Spectrum Chamber Music Society is celebrating!

Our Spectrum Downtown concert will feature a program of duets (with a trio slipped in to shake things up), and end with a unique setting of the poetry of Lewis Carroll from his “Alice in Wonderland” books…performed by two tubas and narrator!

Then it’s a “Labor of Love” at our Spectrum East concert, as we follow Valentine’s Day with a performance of the passionate Piano Quintet in E minor by Romantic Austrian composer, Joseph Labor. (See what we did there?)

Bring someone you love to our concerts, and spread the word to all your chamber-music-loving friends!

Spectrum Downtown
Monday February 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

We’re Back in Leonard Memorial Chapel!
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
800 W. 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Program

Rebecca Clarke—Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola
Robert Schumann—Fairy Tales for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132
Reinhold Gliere/Frank Proto—Suite for Viola and Bass
Raymond Luedeke (text by Lewis Carroll)—Wonderland Duets for Two Tubas and Narrator

Free Admission (as part of FUMC’s “The Gift of Music” Series)
Free Post-Concert Reception

Spectrum East
Monday February 18, 2019 at 7:30pm

Main Sanctuary
First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth TX 76112

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven—Sonata No. 8 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op.30, No. 3
Osvaldo Golijov—​Mariel for Cello and Marimba
​Josef Labor—Piano Quintet in E minor, Op. 3

Freewill Donations Accepted—Suggested Amount: $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Students
Free Post-Concert Reception

Spectrum Chamber Music Society features great performances by musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends.