Fort Worth favorite violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to launch the 2014 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Festival on August 22 with the sweeping Brahms Violin Concerto, followed by Dvorák's blockbuster Symphony "From The New World" – a work inspired by the fresh sights and sounds of 1890s America. Dvorak's Othello Overture, Op. 93 will also be played.
Day 2 on August 23 will feature the engaging Academic Festival Overture followed by Irish mezzo-soprano Zandra McMaster, who makes her Fort Worth debut in a performance of Dvorák's expressive Biblical Songs. The evening will close with lively folk music: Brahms' Hungarian Dances, which inspired Dvorák to compose his Slavonic Dances.
The final concert on August 24 will once again showcase Hadelich with Dvorák's lyrical Violin Concerto, following the turbulent Tragic Overture. The festival closes with Brahms' powerful First Symphony.