Fort Worth Symphony Announces Garden Concert Series

Summer concert season is sneaking up on us. The Fort Worth Symphony has announced its 21st annual Concerts in the Garden series, which boasts a spectacular 16 outdoor concerts, ranging from classical to classic rock and continuing from June 3 through July 4 at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden (and fireworks after every concert). You can only get your hands on tickets right now if you are a FWSO subscriber. The general public can purchase beginning May 1. There’s more information after the jump.

Image courtesy of the Fort Worth Symphony.

THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY’S

CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN

Fireworks at every concert!

FORT WORTH — Described as “Fort Worth’s best seasonal outing!” (Star-Telegram), the 21st annual Concerts In The Garden summer music festival offers 16 nights of outdoor concerts, June 3 through July 4, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on University Drive and Interstate 30. This series offers a variety of music for every taste, from Elvis to the Old 97’s to Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture, plus fabulous fireworks every night and three nights of our Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic on July 2, 3 and 4! Tickets are on sale now to FWSO subscribers. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, May 1, at www.fwsymphony.org; and Monday, May 2, at our ticket office or by phone at 817-665-6000.

The festival features outdoor performances in a casual setting. Bring a picnic and relax on a blanket under the stars or reserve your own table for added comfort. Patrons may bring their own food and drinks or purchase light refreshments on site. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy Texas’ best music surrounded by the lush beauty of the Botanic Garden!

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. nightly, and performances begin at 8 p.m. Concerts are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 3 through July Fourth weekend, with the final performance on Monday, July 4. Every concert ends with a glorious fireworks display!

Appearing for the first time this year:

-          June 12: Music of John Denver, with singer Jim Curry, who sounds (and even looks) remarkably like Denver

-          June 18: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, a 2011 Grammy nominee, with a thrilling jazz/funk/rock sound  that could only have come from New Orleans

-          June 26: Old 97’s, the Dallas band that helped create the alternative country genre, with Fort Worth buzz band Telegraph Canyon opening

-          July 1: Rock and Roll Heaven, with the ever-popular Kraig Parker as Elvis joined this year by tribute acts to late Texas greats Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison!

TICKETS

Lawn tickets are just $16 in advance and $22 at the gate day of show. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free on the lawn if accompanied by an adult. Sections of the lawn area are designated for blankets and lawn chairs. Patrons may also rent lawn chairs. Prices for adult table seats are $23-$43 in advance and $28-$48 at the gate for all concerts. Tickets for children 10 and younger are available at more than half off the advance adult ticket prices in selected table seating areas. Children’s table tickets range from $11-$43 in advance and $16-$48 at the gate. A reserved table ticket provides one chair at a patio style table.

Tickets go on sale May 1 at www.fwsymphony.org and May 2 by phone at
817-665-6000.

REFRESHMENTS

Pack your own picnic and beverages or enjoy food concessions, beer, wine and soft drinks available on-site.

PARKING

There are several parking options. Parking costs $10 (cash only) per car at Farrington Athletic Field, at the intersection of University Drive and Lancaster Avenue, and patrons may ride the FREE shuttle to the Botanic Garden. There is a wheelchair-accessible van available from Farrington Athletic Field. Free shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs continuously throughout the concert. Self-parking is available at the Botanic Garden for $15 per car in two locations (North and South lots) and VIP self-parking costs $20. Valet parking costs $20 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available for vehicles with a posted handicapped-parking permit and costs $15 for valet parking or self-parking.

Parking passes must be purchased in advance with a ticket order for self-park in the South or North lots, VIP self-park and valet parking. Farrington Field parking may only be purchased with cash at the lot―no advance orders.

WEATHER

Listen to WRR 101.1 FM, check www.fwsymphony.org, or follow the FWSO Facebook or Twitter feeds for information on concert delays or cancellations. If a concert must be cancelled, lawn tickets will be honored at any remaining performance except June 24 and 25 and July 2, 3 and 4. Guests with paid table tickets should call 817-665-6000 to exchange reserved seats for another performance except June 24 and 25 and July 2, 3 and 4. Parking passes and complimentary tickets may not be exchanged.

SPONSORS

Concerts In The Garden receives major support from Alcon, BNSF Railway, Frank Kent Cadillac, Star-Telegram, Wells Fargo and XTO Energy. Admission for children 10 and under is made possible by a generous grant from the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust. Other support comes from Atlas Enterprises, Bell Helicopter Textron, Ben E. Keith Beverages/Michelob Ultra, Buchanan Technologies, WFAA-Channel 8 and Metro Golf Cars, as well as the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Concerts In The Garden is presented in cooperation with the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services and the Fort Worth Botanical Society.

HISTORY

The first Concerts In The Garden performances at the present site were given in June of 1991 with three concerts. Since then, Concerts In The Garden has grown to a festival of up to 21 performances enjoyed annually by a regional audience of more than 45,000, with visitors from 28 states.

For information, call the FWSO ticket office at 817-665-6000 or visit online at www.fwsymphony.org.

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CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN

JUNE 3-JULY 4, 2011

FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN

TICKETS: WWW.FWSYMPHONY.ORG OR 817-665-6000

FIREWORKS AT EVERY CONCERT!

Friday, June 3

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

A Texas institution, these Grammy Award-winning “kings of Western swing” perform their greatest hits, from Corrine, Corrina to Big Balls in Cowtown and more!

This concert made possible in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts

Saturday, June 4

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR

The Fab Four are back by popular demand! Hear your favorite chart-toppers by John, Paul, George and Ringo, the group that revolutionized music and helped define a decade. These guys deliver the best Beatles tribute anywhere!

Sunday, June 5

BEST OF THE BIG BANDS

Curtis Wilson, Conductor

Don’t miss this nostalgic tribute to the icons of the Big Band era. The upbeat music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the Dorseys and more is sure to put you In the Mood!

Friday, June 10

A NIGHT AT WOODSTOCK

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Andrés Franco, Conductor

The legendary Woodstock Festival was one of the most important events in pop-music history. Join us for a night devoted to this amazing lineup of ’60s rock, featuring the music of The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Jefferson Airplane and more, backed by full orchestra!

Saturday, June 11

Surf’s Up! The Music of the Beach Boys

The Grammy-nominated band Papa Doo Run Run has played surf music since 1965, and toured and recorded with members of the Beach Boys. Join the party for a night of Good Vibrations, California Girls and Fun, Fun, Fun!

Sunday, June 12

Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver

Relive the unforgettable hits and golden voice of Fort Worth native John Denver with singer Jim Curry, who’ll wow you with Annie’s Song, Sunshine on My Shoulders, Rocky Mountain High and more!

Friday June 17

STAR WARS AND BEYOND:  A LASER LIGHT SPECTACULAR

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Fantastic orchestral music choreographed to a brilliant laser light show and fireworks! The performance features favorite music from Star Wars to Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. Fun for the whole family!

Saturday, June 18

TROMBONE SHORTY

It’s been a breakout year for Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, with their album Backatown hitting No. 1 on jazz charts and earning a Grammy nod. Don’t miss out when Shorty brings his rich New Orleans brew of jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop to our fest for one night only!

Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages/Michelob Ultra

Sunday, June 19

1812 OVERTURE

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Take Russian symphonic masterpieces performed in a beautiful, outdoor setting, and add to that Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture set to breathtaking fireworks! A splendid evening under the stars!

Sponsored by Atlas Enterprises

Friday, June 24

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Brent Havens, Conductor

This tribute show returns by popular demand! Singer Randy Jackson captures the sheer blast and power of Led Zeppelin backed by the FWSO in classics such as Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker and more.

Saturday, June 25

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: THE MUSIC OF THE EAGLES

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Brent Havens, Conductor

The Eagles’ timeless tunes are amplified by a full rock band, the symphony orchestra’s lush musical palette and Terry Brock’s commanding vocals. Don’t miss this spectacular concert featuring hits such as Hotel California, Desperado, Heartache Tonight, New Kid in Town and more!

Sunday, June 26

OLD 97’S

This hip Dallas band helped create the alternative country sound in the ’90s. Today, they have a critically acclaimed new album and are making their best music in years. Hear the lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller mesh with country-rock and power-pop sounds in a night of Texas music you won’t soon forget. And Fort Worth’s hottest band, Telegraph Canyon, opens!

Friday, July 1

ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN

Hailed as one of the best tribute artists in the business, Kraig Parker has the look, voice, style and all the moves that made Elvis great! He’ll be joined this year by tribute artists celebrating our state’s two greatest rock legends, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly — it’s a night in rock ’n’ roll heaven!

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, July 2, 3 & 4

OLD FASHIONED FAMILY FIREWORKS PICNIC

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Andrés Franco, Conductor

It’s a Fort Worth family tradition! Filled with patriotic songs and heart-pounding marches, our exhilarating Independence Day celebration offers one of the best fireworks displays in the area. This is one of our most popular concerts, so order your reserved table or general admission lawn tickets today!

Sponsored in part by Bell Helicopter Textron