“Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who has been music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2000, announced Thursday that he will conclude his tenure as music director in July 2020, at the end of the symphony’s 2019-20 season,” writes Robert Philpot in Thursday’s (5/10) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX). “ ‘I am so proud of the work the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and I have done together over the last nearly two decades,’ Harth-Bedoya says in a release. ‘These 18 years with the FWSO have touched and changed me deeply. Working together with the orchestra toward higher and higher artistic levels—even through the challenges—has been profoundly rewarding. Our musicians’ extraordinary playing constantly inspires me, and because of them I have become a better conductor.’ Harth-Bedoya will assume the title of ‘conductor laureate’ and will return to conduct select concerts in future seasons. During Harth-Bedoya’s tenure, the symphony played Carnegie Hall in 2008 and the Kennedy Center in Washington this year. The ‘challenges’ have included a three-month musicians strike that took place in late 2016. A search committee, headed by FWSO Board Chair Mercedes T. Bass, will be formed to find a successor for Harth-Bedoya.”

Posted May 11, 2018