FORT WORTH, Texas – August 16, 2023 – The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is proud to present “Stars of the Symphony,” an evening dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary talent of its musicians. This captivating performance will take place on August 26, 2023, at 7:30pm in Bass Performance Hall, promising an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts of all ages.

The concert will feature a lineup of exceptional musicians from the orchestra, each taking the spotlight in virtuosic roles. Among the esteemed performers are clarinetist Stas Chernyshev, bassoonist Josh Elmore, percussionist Nick Sakakeeny, and the beloved hometown favorite keyboardist Shields-Collins “Buddy” Bray. Together, they will deliver a mesmerizing display of skill, passion, and artistry.

“Stars of the Symphony” celebrates the collaborative spirit that lies at the heart of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. These talented musicians, who typically contribute their exceptional abilities to the ensemble, will now step forward individually to showcase their remarkable talents. Audiences can expect an evening filled with breathtaking solos, intricate harmonies, and a profound sense of musical unity all under the baton of the FWSO’s assistant conductor, Taichi Fukumura. 

This unique performance will not only highlight the immense talent within the orchestra but also provide an opportunity for the audience to appreciate the individual brilliance of each musician. From the soulful melodies of the clarinet to the rhythmic intensity of the percussion, every instrument will have its moment to shine.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra invites music lovers and enthusiasts alike to join them for this extraordinary event. “Stars of the Symphony” promises to be an evening of unparalleled virtuosity, where the musicians’ passion and dedication will transport the audience to new musical heights.

Tickets for this highly anticipated performance are available now and can be purchased through the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s website or by contacting the box office directly. Don’t miss this chance to witness the brilliance of these exceptional musicians as they come together center stage for an unforgettable night of music.

For more information, please visit or contact the FWSO Box Office at 817.665.6000 M-F from 9-5pm. 

About Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Robert Spano is deeply committed to uniting its community through performance, education, and outreach, reaching an audience of more than 200,000 annually. Since its beginnings in 1912, the FWSO has been an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts. The FWSO has performed at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras. The FWSO has released 13 recordings – with several being world premiere releases – garnering international acclaim. The FWSO has embraced creative collaborations through residencies, partnerships, and commissions. As the principal resident company of the acoustically superb Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Orchestra performs a full season of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and works by living composers. The Orchestra performs and partners with the Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn, and Performing Arts Fort Worth. Each summer at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the FWSO presents Concerts In The Garden – a series of family-friendly concerts that have become a city-wide tradition. The FWSO keeps exceptional musical experiences at the heart of its community. For more information, visit

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