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Bag Policy Forces Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Conductor from Bass Hall

A social media post by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor on Sunday has caused some anger in the North Texas arts community after he was kept out of Bass Performance Hall during his daughter's performance.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya posted a video on his professional Facebook page showing himself standing outside the entrance doors to Bass Hall, where his daughter was performing with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.

"I've just been kicked out of my own concert hall because I am holding my daughter's violin," he said in the video. "That's great. Thank you Bass Hall."

In the text accompanying his Facebook video, Harth-Bedoya wrote:

"Tonight, after having conducted throughout the weekend and hosted 8 guest orchestras ALL day long yesterday, I come to hear my daughter play with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, and I get kicked out by the police."

Two police officers appear to be standing just inside the doors behind Harth-Bedoya.

NBC 5 reached out to management with Bass Hall. We were told managers are in New York City, but a representative for president and CEO Dione Kennedy supplied a statement about the incident:

"We are aware of the situation that took place last night at Bass Performance Hall. We are looking into this matter and will be speaking to Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra management," the statement said.

The statement goes on to state a bag admittance program went into effect for Bass Performance Hall on Jan 17.

"Mr. Harth-Bedoya is aware of our security procedures, including the bag admittance program," the statement continued.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra declined comment on the situation.

You can read the official Bass Performance Hall bag admittance police here:

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