With its military bands, dazzling fanfares, and 13 additional brass players, Janáček's Sinfonietta sounds as fresh today as it did at its premiere. Opening the program are two seminal works by fellow countryman Antonín Dvořák, whose lively, folk-like sensibilities defined the language of late-19th-century Romantic music.
Berlioz's psychedelic symphonic portrait tells the tale of an artist's self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. It is full of obsessions and dreams, ecstasy and despair. Grieg’s concerto was an instant success, a work of charm, teeming with vitality and perfect simplicity.
Sibelius was Finland’s greatest composer and a national hero. His most famous symphony is full of soaring melodies and folk like references. Joel Puckett’s Concerto, an infectious intertwining of eight short vignettes, receives its orchestral premiere at this concert.
Beethoven’s 9th has inspired audiences with its monumental scale, intensive technical demands, and the utopian idealism of its "Ode to Joy." It is stunningly paired with American composer John Adams’ musical commemoration of the victims of 9/11, a work described as "a place where you can go and be alone with your thoughts and emotions."
Each season the Fort Wayne Philharmonic joins the Conductors Guild to present an international conductor training workshop designed to provide young conductors - from across the United States and beyond - with instruction on the principles and techniques of the most celebrated conducting teacher of the twentieth century, Ilya Musin.
The workshop schedule typically includes a combination of extensive orchestral rehearsal sessions with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and with two pianos, plus individual lessons, and a concluding public performance.
Robert deMaine performs Barber's Cello Concerto, a work of musical fireworks and aching lyricism. The concert concludes with Vaughan Williams’ most popular symphony, a pastoral romance that sings with emotional strength and spirituality.
The world’s most popular opera. A femme fatale for the ages, Carmen’s allure is spellbinding as she seduces a hapless corporal and a dashing bullfighter before meeting her tragic demise. Bizet’s bewitching melodies, including the “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song,” and stunning projected visuals make this semi-staged production an ideal introduction to the thrill of opera.
Colorful French works fill the first half of this concert, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a work popularized in Walt Disney’s 1940 classic film Fantasia. Petrouchka is Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet burlesque about the playful and very naughty clown audiences have loved for over a century. And, it’s a tour de force for orchestra.
Works of profound beauty and originality comprise this program curated by music director Andrew Constantine. English folk tunes, pastoral scenes, reminiscences of those loved and lost, and odes to music and dance will fill the evening and delight the senses.
This concert will be performed nearly 100 years to the day after the armistice of World War I. The Philharmonic and special guests are featured in Benjamin Britten’s powerful masterpiece that juxtaposes the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass with contemporary texts illustrating the ravages of war.
The brilliant young French pianist Lise de la Salle will play Rachmaninoff’s most popular piano concerto, with its blizzard of notes and luxuriant string melodies. Two showpieces by Strauss provide the perfect accompaniment, putting the Philharmonic’s stunning virtuosity on full display.
On the first half, Renée will sing Richard Strauss's sumptuous and ultra romantic "Four Last Songs", made famous to contemporary audiences in the 1982 Mel Gibson movie, The Year of Living Dangerously. The second half features Fleming in a wide variety of Broadway and film selections, including: "The Last Rose of Summer," featured in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; "You’ll Never Know," from the film The Shape of Water; "Til there Was You," from The Music Man; and Sondheim's "The Glamorous Life" from A Little Night Music.