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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Two World-Renowned Artists to 2020-2021 Symphonic Series

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Stewart Goodyear and Roderick Cox will be joining FWSO.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Two World-Renowned Artists to 2020-2021 Symphonic Series

Due to travel disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announced two changes today to the artist roster for the fall season. After 16 years since his last FWSO performance, piano soloist Stewart Goodyear will be joining the FWSO's first Symphonic program scheduled for Sept.18-20, and Roderick Cox will have his debut with the FWSO as a guest conductor for the second Symphonic program, Oct. 16-18.

To prepare for the fall season, the FWSO has worked closely with local, state and national government entities to ensure patron, musician and staff safety. In this unchartered performance landscape, the FWSO has collaborated closely with its musicians, staff and performance venues to make schedule, seating and facility adjustments to ensure each concert is safe for performers and guests, while offering the best possible musical experience.

"We are excited to welcome Mr. Goodyear and Mr. Cox to this year's Symphonic Series," said Keith Cerny, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. "Both are extremely impressive artists, and we look forward to providing the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience their exceptional talents in person."

Mr. Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. He received his training at The Royal Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School. He performed with the FWSO in 2004, in addition to more than 20 of the major orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Mr. Cox is a German-based American conductor who has gained international acclaim for his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera and Philharmonia Orchestra (London). He attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University as well as Northwestern University. Mr. Cox has conducted in many of the leading performance halls around the globe and is the recipient of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S. Solti Foundation.

"The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to have Mr. Goodyear and Mr. Cox be a part of this historic performance season," said FWSO Board Chairman, Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass. "These talented artists have shared their gift of music around the world, and we are delighted to welcome them to Forth Worth this fall."

Mr. Goodyear will perform with conductor Patrick Summers, during the Sept.18-20 program, which will feature works by Rossini, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn. Mr.Cox will guest conduct four performances that include guest guitar soloist Artyom Dervoed, and will present music by Prokofiev, Rodrigo and Beethoven.

For more information about the FWSO's upcoming performance season, please visit

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