Robert Spano, music director of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. (credit: Jason Thrasher)

Robert Spano agrees to contract extension with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Mark Gresham | 17 FEB 2023

Now in the midst of his first season as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Robert Spano has agreed to a contract extension through the orchestra’s 2027-2028 season.

Spano began his association with the FWSO as a principal guest conductor in 2019 and was appointed music director designate in April 2021.

During the 2023-24 season, Spano will direct six concerts in the FWSO’s 12-concert symphonic series. Principal guest conductor Kevin John Edusei will conduct two, and four guest conductors, Anna Skryleva, Anne Manson, Edo de Waart, and Tomáš Netopil, will lead one program each.

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Featured soloists for 2023-24 will include pianists Yunchan Lim, Andreas Haefliger, Joyce Yang, Lukáš Vondráček, and Constanze Hochwartner, trombonist Peter Steiner, violinist Stephen Waarts, soprano  Karita Mattila, tenor Brandon Jovanovich, bass Raymond Aceto, bass, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, FWSO principal oboe Jennifer Corning Lucio and principal viola  DJ Cheek.

In addition to the Symphonic Series, other FWSO series will include Pops, Chamber, Meet the Artist, and Family Series, five special one-night-only concerts, and a Gala Concert performance featuring Renée Fleming.  

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-24 Symphonic Series

  • September 8–10, 2023
    Robert Spano, conductor; Yunchan Lim, piano (Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist)
    BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture
    SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4
  • October 20–22, 2023
    Robert Spano, conductor; Old Trout Puppet Workshop
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Act II
    PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf
  • November 3–5, 2023
    Anna Skryleva, conductor; DJ Cheek, viola (FWSO principal)
    BARTÓK: Hungarian Sketches
    BARTÓK: Viola Concerto
    RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
  • November 17–19, 2023
    Kevin John Edusei, conductor; Andreas Haefliger, piano
    ZEMLINSKY: The Mermaid
    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2

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  • January 5–7, 2024
    Robert Spano, conductor; Dallas Black Dance Theatre
    MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute
    MOZART: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)
    STRAVINSKY: Petrushka
  • January 26–28, 2024
    Kevin John Edusei, conductor
    MAHLER: Symphony No. 7
  • March 1–3, 2024
    Anne Manson, conductor; Jennifer Corning Lucio, oboe (FWSO principal)
    SIMON: Amen
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Oboe Concerto
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
  • March 15–17, 2024
    Edo de Waart, conductor; Joyce Yang, piano
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

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  • April 19–21, 2024
    Robert Spano, conductor; Karita Mattila, soprano; Brandon Jovanovich, tenor; Raymond Aceto, bass; James Robinson, stage director
    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 6
    WAGNER: Die Walküre Act 1
  • May 3–5, 2024
    Robert Spano, conductor; Stephen Waarts, violin
    BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
    BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
  • May 24–26, 2024
    Tomáš Netopil, conductor; Lukáš Vondráček, piano
    DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dance No. 1
    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1
    DVOŘÁK : Symphony No. 8
  • May 31 – June 2, 2024
    Robert Spano, conductor; Peter Steiner, trombone; Constanze Hochwartner, piano
    DAY: Double Concerto for Trombone and Piano
    HIGDON: Low Brass Concerto
    MAHLER: Symphony No. 5)


About the author:
Mark Gresham is publisher and principal writer of EarRelevant. he began writing as a music journalist over 30 years ago, but has been a composer of music much longer than that. He was the winner of an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music journalism in 2003.