March, 2017
Supporting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Children's Concerts
The mission of the Symphony League of Fort Worth, Inc. is to cultivate, promote, support and develop the love of music for children and adults alike, and to make positive contributions to our community.
Dear Symphony League Members,
March has come in "like a lion."  The Symphony League started March by assisting with the Link-Up Concerts at McKinney Bible Church.  On March 2nd and 3rd, seven thousand fourth graders from Fort Worth ISD moved with the Orchestra as they played their recorders.  This concert was the culmination of a year-long program.  Materials were provided by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. What an opportunity for these youngsters!
You should have received two invitations.  One is a"Kitchen Shower" the League is having to help stock the newly renovated kitchen at Orchestra Hall.  It will be on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m.  Many of you will remember that twenty-plus years ago,the League was "instrumental" in providing the kitchen at Orchestra Hall.  Check on your invitation to see where the YO is registered!!  Please put this on your calendar today. 
On March 23rd, we will have our general business meeting (very short).  Our emphasis is on introducing prospective new members to the League.  Note on your invitation that your guests attend free of charge.  The HIGHLIGHT will be to hear Michael Shih and Buddy Bray play.  I also understand that Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya may be able to join us.  
You will be receiving a "Save the Date" soon from Carol Naugles, our VP of Special Projects.  She and her committee are working hard for our Kentucky Derby Party on May 6th.  THAT party is a lot of fun!
As you can see, we have a busy spring.  Peggy Rixie, VP of Programs, is putting the finishing touches on details for our May meeting.  Our Board works well together as a team.  They are very talented and they are getting things done. I am so proud of them.  
The year 2017 is the Symphony League's sixtieth birthday.  SIXTY IS SENSATIONAL and the League is planning special events next fall to celebrate.  The League has a rich and interesting history.  (Our Yearbook gives a good historical sketch on page 7.)   
Let's all work together to continue the tradition and make a difference as we support and serve the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Staff. 
I look forward to seeing you this spring as we participate in all of these events and programs available to us.
Johanna Kimpland, President
Symphony League of Fort Worth UPCOMING EVENTS March Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. Orchestra Hall Kitchen Shower. invite 2
Thursday, March 23rd we will hold an important meeting that we need you to attend and participate.  The purpose of the meeting is twofold:
    1. Johanna Kimpland, our board president will review the candidates for next year’s board members and give an overview of what each member does
    2. For you to bring guests who might be interested in joining the Symphony League.
There are many opportunities to participate/volunteer as a member of the Symphony League; to serve on the board, to participate in the FWSO’s children’s programs, to support our FWSO musicians and administrators, to help the next generation of talented and gifted musicians in the Youth Orchestra. This meeting will describe many of these in more detail so please plan to attend and bring potential new members.
Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible and please start thinking about who you’ll invite. 
It will be an interesting and informative meeting, as well as entertaining.
Thank you,
Johanna Kimpland
Peggy Rixie
Carol Owen invite

Report of the Nominating Committee for the 2017-2018 Board

Committee Members are: Chair, Tim Latta,
Darlene Watson, Christine Becker and Lenna Recer
President, Johanna Kimpland
First Vice President, Programs, Peggy Rixie
Vice President, Membership, Libby Ann Stenevik
Vice President, Projects, Carol Naugles
Vice President, Hospitality, Petra Grimes
Vice President, Education, Tim Latta
Recording Secretary, Judy Rye
Treasurer, Phyllis Worrell
Corresponding Secretary, Deborah Deas
Executive Advisor, Dotty Hall
Parliamentarian, Darlene Watson
TASO Representative, Carol Naugles
Audition Hospitality, Linda Sue Jones and Ava Martin
Orchestra Hospitality, Dotty Hall
Liaison to FWSO Staff, Gary Hall
Notification, Connie Alexander
Recruitment, Carol Owens
Communications Reporter, Karen Ferguson
Advocacy, Nancy Davis
FWSO Liaison, Kirsten Shivers
May 6 - Kentucky Derby Carol Naugles, Third VP-Projects, requests members to join her committee to collect gift cards from restaurants for Derby prizes and prepare a list of people you want to invite.  Equally important is to start now designing your Derby hat.  May is closer than you think and there is a special prize for the best hat!

The Coffee Cantata


Bach, best known for writing sacred pieces, could also be humerous with his music? Thought of as a mini comic opera, 'Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht' ('Be still, stop chattering') concerns the characters' addiction to coffee and was most likely first performed in a Leipzig coffee house.

BACHSTRAVAGANZA Friday March 24, 2017

It’s an evening celebrating the music of J.S. Bach! Miguel Harth-Bedoya will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with the Texas Christian University Chorale in a program of music from Bach’s expansive cannon of cantatas and suites.

You are invited to set your own ticket price for this performance! To secure your seat in advance, reserve online or call our box office at (817) 665-6000. Then on the night of the performance, simply visit the box office desk and “Pay as you wish.”


To all involved in the FWSO Link Up,

I offer my highest praise and congratulations to all who had a part in the planning, coordination, logistics, orchestration, and the powerfully moving performance of the FWSO Link Up program. While I am aware of the many FWSO educational programs, this past Friday I learned that knowing about Link Up and experiencing Link Up are vastly different. When Deborah “encouraged” me to volunteer as an usher, I had no idea that the task would be rewarded with such a grand experience. The sounds, movement, singing, dancing, rhythms, harmonies and message were so inspiring for almost 8000 FWISD 4th graders this past week. Their faces lit up, and their exuberance on recorders, singing, dancing with their arms, and answering the musical questions confirmed that they were moved by music music. When the ballerinas of Ballet Frontiers took the stage there was an audible expression of delight from the kids who were wide-eyed during the elegant performance. The kids were eager to meet the ballerinas in the aisles and at the doorways after the program. James Rodriguez, as Toreador, enthralled them with his commanding voice and stage presence. Dan Walker and the FWSO moved us all with a dynamic and beautiful performance.  How Lindsey Branch so efficiently manages the content, appeal and flow of the program as well as the complex logistics of facility, schools, buses, volunteers and 8000 4th graders is beyond comprehension.  Simply amazing! I hope she is rewarded after each performance with the personal satisfaction of knowing that there are future dancers, singers, musicians and composers who were inspired.  Thank you FWSO, Ballet Frontier, James Rodriquez, Bass Hall Volunteers, FW Symphony League, McKinney Church, Link Up program contributors, and to others who make Link Up possible. Bravo!  Bravo!

Tom Deas  
2017 Fort Worth Symphony Gala
Richard Carol Carol Naugles and Richard Barton

Tim Johanna
Johanna Kimpland and Tim Latta

Johanna Kimpland, Tim Latta, John Latta and Peggy Jones Johanna and husband
Johnanna and Tom Kimpland

Carol Pressler
Menahem Pressler and Carol Naugles

Carol Johanna Peggy
Carol Naugles, Peggy Jones and Johanna Kimpland
derby save date 2017
Dear Symphony League Members,
We are so pleased that our FWSO musicians are performing at Bass Hall once again!  It’s the perfect time to ramp up our fund raising and I have a few opportunities for you to start - and in some cases, to continue to donate to the League year round.
The first is what Johanna Kimpland is calling the President’s Contributor Challenge. Johanna introduced the challenge at the Steinway Hall meeting in September and we handed out the forms.  The donation is matched by the Symphony League and goes toward our annual monetary contribution to the FWSO.  So consider sending a check for $25, $50, $75 or $100 to:
Attention: Johanna Kimpland
PO Box 101716
Fort Worth, TX 76185-1716
Please note that this is for the President’s Contributor Challenge if you don’t have a form.  You may wish to honor/remember someone, and if so please add that information on the “for” line on your check.  We will notify them of your gift in their name if you’ll provide us their contact information. If they’re a member of the League, we already have it.
The second fund raising opportunity is even easier.  Many of you know Carol Owen and her daughter, Cindy Peck. Both are travel agents and their travel agency is Accent on Travel which many of you may have already used to book vacation packages, tours, or cruises. If you or a friend or family member mention the Symphony League when you book with Carol or Cindy, they will donate 20% of their commission to the League. They deal with all of the major cruise lines and tour companies and are a licensed travel agency in the State of Texas. They organized the League’s Fall Foliage trip through Collette last year and will be organizing Symphony League trips for us in the future.
Combine your love of travel with a donation to the Symphony League.  What could be better? Please contact Carol or Cindy at info@accentontravel.net or 786-600-1460.  Their website is www.accentontravel.net 
The next opportunity is really just a reminder of the Tom Thumb Reward program.  They have a wonderful program that allows their customers to get rewards for non-profit organizations.  If you haven’t already, please consider having your reward card assigned to the Symphony League. You’ll have to fill out a “Good Neighbor Program” card and your local store will then send it to their Corporate office.  Once your card has been linked to the Symphony League, every time you shop your reward will be added to others that donate their rewards to the League, and each quarter we’ll receive a check from Tom Thumb. If you don’t have your reward card with you when you shop, I believe you can use the number 2458 and it’ll be credited to the Symphony League that way.
And last, but not least is something Thomas Ragozzino mentioned during our meeting at Steinway Hall.  Thomas is a Sales Consultant for Steinway and gave us the demonstration of their Spirio technology, a high resolution player piano.  If you or someone you know plans to purchase a piano and mentions the Symphony League recommended Steinway, they will make a donation to the League.
All these fund raising opportunities will go towards our annual contribution to the FWSO.  Please consider acting on the President’s Contributor Challenge right away.  At this time of year, there are so many wonderful people to honor with your gift.
Thank you,
Carol Naugles
Vice President, Projects

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