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Maestro John Giordano to lead “A Night of Mozart”

John Giordano/FWSOFort Worth Chamber Orchestra to perform as part
of the Alkek 20-year Anniversary Celebration

Don’t miss out on the rare experience to enjoy a concert by the Fort Worth Symphony Chamber Orchestra in the intimate setting of the Alkek Fine Arts Center at Weatherford College on Saturday, April 21.

Maestro John Giordano will direct the chamber orchestra as they perform “A Night of Mozart” as part of the 20th anni-
versary celebration of the Alkek’s opening. Giordano also conducted the orchestra during the opening weekend of the Alkek in 1998. This time WC’s artist-in-residence and concert pianist Dr. Hyeyoung Song will also be a featured performer at the concert.

A New York native, Giordano holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Texas Christian University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned the Premier Prix with Distinction and the Diplome Superieur.

He did postgraduate work at the University of Southern California and has completed studies for a Ph.D. in music from the University of North Texas. In 1980, Texas Wesleyan University bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

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Music entered Giordano’s life early as he grew up attending concerts with his family to enjoy the sounds of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and after a move to Pennsylvania, to the Erie Philharmonic.

“I also began to play in my high school band and orchestra in Erie,” he recalled. “As there was no television then, much time was spent at weekend family gatherings playing music with cousins and other family members. There were a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, accordion, clarinet and saxophone. Many people had pianos in their homes and playing impromptu sessions together, especially after Sunday dinner, was common.”

During his extensive career, Giordano served as chairman of the jury at the Van Cliburn Interna-
tional Piano Competition multiple times. He was also the music director and conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 28 seasons, and is now recognized as FWSO’s music director emeritus as well as director emeritus of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. He also founded the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for Young Artists.

He explained the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth was established to afford the most outstanding young musicians in the Metroplex an opportunity to perform with other musicians of equal skill.

“It is impossible for the average school to perform the great masterworks because of the disparity in the students’ ability and the Youth Orchestra provides that opportunity,” Giordano said. “The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra is considered to be one of the finest in the country. Music truly is the international language. There is no discrimination whatsoever among musicians, they are drawn together according to their ability to perform great music.”

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Giordano has also served as music director and conductor of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra as well as faculty member at TCU, the University of North Texas and Tarleton State University and currently holds the title of Distinguished Fellow in Music at TCU, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1973.

With so much on his list of accomplishments, Giordano said he can’t pick a top moment from his career.

“There have been a plethora of extraordinary experiences with the Fort Worth Symphony, too many to enumerate, such as the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra's historic tour of China and the opening of Bass Hall,” he said. “There were a multitude of inspired performances with great artists, thrilling orchestral performances and fine recordings over the 28 years I served as music director.”

Giordano has appeared as guest conductor across the world and he has conducted many world premiers. He has also recorded with the BBC Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgium.

The concert scheduled at Weatherford College will feature three great masterpieces by Mozart that are works of “breathtaking beauty and excitement,” Giordano said.

“This is a rare opportunity to experience these works in an extraordinarily beautiful and acoustically outstanding setting,” he added. “The Fort Worth Symphony is performing at a level commensurate with any major orchestra anywhere in the world and performs these works with love and emotion. Dr. Song is a superb artist, who has performed with great success and critical acclaim from Asia to the United States. She has the rare ability to perform the wonderful concerto we are presenting with exceptional technical skills and sensitive artistry.”

Tickets to “A Night of Mozart” are $50 and $75 and can be purchased at www.wc.edu/alkek20. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

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