Yo-Yo Ma.  Photo: Michael O'Neill.

Yo-Yo Ma.
Photo: Michael O’Neill.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announced this week their 2013-2014 concert season, a musical exploration of classical favorites, new works, and intriguing symphonic selections from other cultures. Major highlights include Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, the Dvořák Violin Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral.”  The list continues with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s magnificent Elijah, and selections from Wagner’s “Twilight of the Gods” – the final opera from his epic Ring Cycle.  Along with returning soloists Jessica Rivera, Adam Golka and guest conductors Mei-Ann Chen and Rossen Milanov, FWSO also presents new guest artists like violinist Benjamin Beilman, conductor Joshua Weilerstein, pianist Steven Osborne and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 FWSO Pops Series include Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” Ashley Brown (Nov. 1-3, 2013), classically-trained pop star Chris Mann (Feb. 7-9, 2014), and Five By Design’s memorable Radio Days: A Salute To Troops (April 4-6, 2014). Pixar in Concert (May 16-18, 2014) makes its Bass Performance Hall debut to close the Pops series, bringing to life the memorable scores of Pixar classics like the Toy Story trilogy, UP!, The Incredibles and more.

Special Events of the 2013-2014 season include holiday offerings like Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 3, 2013) and Wayne Brady Christmas (Dec. 5, 2013) in the television star’s first Fort Worth appearance. FWSO pays homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes with a New Year’s Eve tribute concert featuring Steve Lippia (Dec. 31, 2013), and celebrates the music from Star Trek, Star Wars, Close Encounters, and The Day The Earth Stood Still in a Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei (Jan. 4, 2014). Take a musical and visual journey with Caminos del Inka (Jan. 25, 2013), and join FWSO for the spectacular Bass Performance Hall debut of cellist extraordinaire Yo-Yo Ma! (April 3, 2014)

Due to popular demand from patrons, all Friday and Saturday Symphonic, Pops, Festival, and Special concerts for the upcoming season will begin at 7:30 PM.