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Fort Worth Opera names Music Director Emeritus

Written by Mindia Whittier

The recognition caps 20 years of artistic contribution to the organization.

Fort Worth Opera (FWO) has instituted the first Music Director Emeritus in its 75-year history.

After two decades at FWO, Maestro Joe Illick assumes the designation upon entering a new phase of his artistic career. Illick joined FWO as Music Director and then assumed the role of Artistic Director.

“The company is now in the right hands, under the leadership of Afton Battle,” said Illick. “This will allow me to continue to be a part of Fort Worth Opera, a company and a community that is near and dear to my heart.”

Illick will contribute his musical sensitivities to FWO during the 22/23 season.

Board Chair Ryan Krause said “We have been so lucky to have Joe Illick with us for so many years, and we look forward to his continued involvement with the company in his new role. And in Afton Battle, we have a dynamic leader who is ready and excited to take Fort Worth Opera to new heights.”

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