Night and Day: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the FWSO into ‘Passions of the Homeland,’ this weekend.
Thu-Sat at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. $12-44. 817 665-6000.
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Folk Songs

By Leonard Eureka

Switching gears for its pre-season music festival this year, the Fort Worth Symphony has dropped the one-composer concept to explore the works of several Eastern European musicians. There is a theme, however — folk culture. Passions of the Homeland begins Thursday at Bass Performance Hall.

The opening program, “The Patriots,” features Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor with Jesús Castro-Balbi as soloist; the evening will be filled out by overtures by Smetana and Dvorák and the popular Moldau by Smetana. Bartók’s Hungarian Peasant Songs will also be heard.

“The Dances,” as Friday’s program is named, will highlight works by Janácek, Bartók, Kodály, and Dvorák, anchored by Liszt’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra (Adam Golka will be soloist). Saturday’s program, “The Traditions,” offers the same composers, minus Bartók, and the addition of a Gypsy Concerto by Jakoulov. The evening’s soloist is violinist Emanuel Borok.

As with past festivals, the closing program Sunday will deliver one large work — in this case, a semi-staged version of Dvorák’s opera, Rusalka, a variation of the child’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Alan Glassman will sing the Prince, and Hanan Alattar will handle the title role. All of the programs will be conducted by the Fort Worth Symphony’s music director, Miguel Harth-Bedoya.



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