Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth, 4th. and Commerce, opened in 1998. Built with private donations and contributions, the Hall is home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Cliburn Concerts. In addition, the Hall hosts visiting performers and Broadway shows and has free Children’s Education Program performances for local school children.
Did you know that not a cent of taxpayer dollars was used to build magnificent Bass Hall? It’s a fact. Another fact is this– Texans as well as professional performers love the Hall. Tony Bennett had this to say about the Bass, “I’ve always been impressed with the great concert halls of Europe that are hundreds of years old; but lo and behold, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth has surpassed every concert hall in Europe. What a great success!”
Another thing you may not know concerns the Saturday morning free tours conducted every Saturday at 10:30 AM by volunteer docents. No, you don’t have to make a reservation. Just show up at the West Portal, corner of Commerce and 4th., with your friends, your family, your date, or just you. Be prepared to go onstage, back stage, to all five levels, and on the balcony to commune with the two angels known as Thelma and Louise. It’s an experience, believe you me.
My advice is to make a morning of it by arriving early in downtown Fort Worth, finding a free on-the-street parking space, and having breakfast at the Corner Bakery before joining the tour. The cinnamon rolls, heated and dripping with warm butter, are to die for. Now the breakfast isn’t free, but your parking and tour are. What a deal!
Annie Ambles to Bass Hall on Saturday morning to take the tour