A Tri-Production Sponsorship Opportunity
Fort Worth Opera is proud to present its 22/23 season, which highlights FWO’s continued commitment to being, “The People’s Company”, as the organization continues to expand its year-round offerings to include unique operatic experiences that speak to and engage with the Fort Worth Community. FWO is especially thrilled to present three exciting main stage programs, highlighting some of today's most prolific Black American composers and artists, that share the stories of Black Americans.
November 13, 2022 brings an intentionally curated program by Metropolitan Opera star Karen Slack called Of Thee I Sing!: Songs of Love and Justice. This deeply moving program which also features award-winning pianist Michelle Cann, was built around the 1938 Langston Hughes raw and powerful yet hopeful poem, The Kids Who Die, and features songs on the themes of love and justice. Through these soaring melodies and beautiful texts, Ms. Slack will guide us on a musical journey, expression and shared understanding that without LOVE there can never be liberty or JUSTICE for all.
On January 28, 2023, Fort Worth Opera will present An African American Requiem at the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, 6:00pm. This profound work by Damien Geter is the first Requiem to honor African Americans who have lost their lives due to racial violence. Mr. Geter has integrated the traditional Latin Requiem with contemporary text, civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner and now George Floyd,“I can’t breathe”. The music is infused with elements of jazz, gospel, and spirituals. Presented in 19 movements, the Requiem will be conducted by Mr. Geter himself, with soloists Brandie Sutton, Karmesha Peake, Bernard Holcomb, Thomas Cannon, poet S. Renee Mitchell, and the Fort Worth Opera Chorus.
On February 12, 2023, Fort Worth Opera will continue its annual celebration of Black History Month, A Night of Black Excellence: Songs of a Native Son. This year’s live performances, curated by General and Artistic Director Afton Battle and Music Director Alfrelynn Roberts, at Fort Worth’s historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA will feature performances from singers John Holiday, Donnie Ray Albert, Naguanda Nobles and Tesia Kwarteng. Joined by the ANOBE Ensemble, Dr. Clark Joseph, Monya Davis Logan, Lesio Littlejohn and Cassidy Robinson, along with poet Leslie N. Polk, the Cosmopolitan Dance Troupe, members of our Hattie Mae Lesley Resident and Studio Artists and more! This year’s A Night of Black Excellence will honor Commissioner Roy C. Brooks for his years of service to Tarrant Country and Fort Worth. As we look to highlight, celebrate and lift up the Black Men who lead and are pillars of our community, Songs of a Native Son will include musical performances that fill our souls and hearts.
You can join us in celebrating this special tri-fecta of performances by becoming an In-Person Supporter or a Season Sponsor. As an In-Person Supporter, you will receive a pair of tickets to each production, as well as admission for two to the VIP receptions following An African-American Requiem and A Night of Black Excellence. Your support also includes a tax-deductible donation, for which you will be listed in each program. As a tri-production Season Sponsor, you can enjoy all the benefits of a Supporter, as well as a variety of others, listed below:
For more information on Season Sponsorships, please contact Brenda Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.