Fort Worth’s symphony concerts aren’t just an indoor affair. Starting this Friday and running through July 4th, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will be trading in their formal attire for t-shirts and jeans and taking the stage at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens for the 17th annual Concerts in the Garden.
I’ll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect when I had my first Concerts in the Garden experience last June. What I did know was that my favorite orchestra was performing in one of my favorite settings and it was B.Y.O.B., so it couldn't have been a disappointment. It turned out to be even better than I expected. There was a nice mix of all ages in the audience. It definitely wasn't your typical symphony crowd and neither was the programming. That memorable night featured covers of tunes from the iconic 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, and I had a blast.
This year’s lineup won’t disappoint even the most discerning of music lovers. The festival opens with The Texas Tenors, a classical crossover trio of male vocalists, June 6. The tenors are a crowd favorite and cover a wide spread of genres ranging from country to broadway and classical. Trombone Shorty is still short of 30 years old, but has wowed audiences around the world with his virtuosic solos performed with his funkified progressive jazz band. He's performing June 13th. Journey fans will appreciate the June 14th program featuring the greatest hits of that memorable 1980’s band, covered by guest artists and backed by the FWSO. The concert series is rounded out by orchestral selections of the classic movie Star Wars June 20th, a concert of the the Rolling Stones’ greatest hits June 27th, and a tribute to the Eagles June 28th. Admittedly, those mentions only scratch the surface of great talent coming out to perform with the FWSO, so make sure to follow the Concerts in the Garden website for everything in between.
Each program starts at 8:15pm, mostly to miss the heat. It’s a family friendly environment. Plus, there's one unique outdoor experience that you won’t get in Bass Hall — an end of concert fireworks show.
And just like the musicians on stage, you don’t even have to dress up.