Opportunities to Engage!

Dear Members of the Symphony League of Fort Worth,

I know we are all so pleased that the strike has ended and our musicians are back.  We can now look forward to the New Year and all the opportunities to be a part of the SLFW activities that support the Fort Worth Symphony.

January, February and March offer us the opportunity to take part in the FWSO’s Education and Community Outreach program, Adventures in Music.


January and February

The Kinderconcerts are designed to engage the interest of children 3 – 6.  They will “Listen and Learn!” Lindsey Branch, the Director of Education and Community Programs, describes this year’s program:

Kinderconcerts: Aesop’s Fables

Come discover fables with the Fort Worth Symphony and Kids Who Care and learn about the important lessons they teach us!  We’ll use music to tell the classic tales of The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Tortoise and the Hare.


In School Readings:

January 30-February 3 (a change from dates listed in the SLFW directory)


Performances at Arborlawn United Methodist Church:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Each year, SLFW helps by going into FWISD kindergarten classes and reading the book that ties in with the music.  This year, the Red Oak Foundation has offered FWSO a new book,  “Timeless Fables Collection”. (We, however, are referring to the book and the concerts as “Aesop’s Fables”.)  An added benefit of reading in the classroom is having the joy of presenting each child with a copy of the book.

In years past, we have gone into 19 schools to read to kindergarteners, so many volunteers will be needed.  Please save a day or two – or several – during the week of January 30 through February 3 to offer an hour or so of your time.  I promise it will make your heart happy.

The actual schedule will be confirmed early in the new year, and I will let you know as soon as it is.  If you have a particular day or a particular school that you would like to visit, just email me or text me at 817.946.1598.

SLFW will also usher during the performances at Arborlawn, so please save the February dates and plan to volunteer.



Please also mark your calendars, now, for the opportunity to usher during the Link Up concerts.

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

Utilizing materials provided free of charge by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, music teachers in the Fort Worth ISD guide their 4th grade students in exploring symphonic music through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum.  Nearly 7,000 4th graders participate in active music making in the classroom and learn repertoire on the recorder or with their voice.  This season’s Link Up program – The Orchestra Moves – explores how composers create musical movement using motifs and melodic direction.  The culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and/or play their recorder along with the Fort Worth Symphony.


Performances at McKinney Church:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

The Fort Worth Symphony truly depends on the SLFW members to implement these two programs.  Let’s show them our support.

Kind regards,

Deborah Deas

Vice President for Education

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