THE FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS ITS 26 TH SEASON WITH A SALUTE TO “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL”

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Fort Bend Symphony returns for its 26 th season Sunday, October 8, 2017 with a concert celebrating the richness of the American cultural experience. With the addition of the Fort Bend Symphony Chorus (now in its second season), FBSO offers a depth of musical sound that makes for a truly enjoyable concert experience.

The 2017-2018 season, “Of Liberty and Justice for All”, is designed around our American musical heritage, celebrating American composers of all ages and backgrounds. The opening concert, “America the Beautiful”, features selections from ten works written by an array of American composers, including Jesse Ayer’s “Stirrin”, an inspiring new arrangement of spirituals for orchestra and chorus. Patrons will hear familiar patriotic themes, including Stravinsky’s re-
harmonization of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”. Also on the program is the soaring finale from Aaron Copland’s 1954 opera, A Tender Land, entitled “The Promise of Living.” This song of thanksgiving and harvest gives praise to the American value of honest, hard work and its benefits to the community. New composers are also included, such as Tan Dun’s “Internet Symphony” that was commissioned for Google. The FBSO Chorus is an integral part of this entertaining performance that celebrates America, Americans and the rich
diversity of our land.

Concertgoers will enjoy a free one-day pop-up art show in the Stafford Centre lobby featuring works from local artists painted to celebrate the American experience. This family-friendly art show is made possible through a partnership with Gallery Baroness and the Art League of Fort Bend.