Fort Wayne Philharmonic Masterworks Series concerts

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

March 12, 2016

April 9, 2016

April 23, 2016

May 14, 2016

October 1, 2016

October 22, 2016

November 19, 2016

January 14, 2017

February 4, 2017

February 25, 2017

March 11, 2017

April 1, 2017

April 22, 2017

May 13, 2017

Location: Embassy Theatre

Phone: 260.481.0777

Link: http://www.fwphil.org

Event Description

March 8, 2016 Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 11:42 AM EDT

Masterworks 7 - Legends and Fairy Tales
Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 7:30 P.M. | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Eric Wyrick, violin
Andre Gaskins, cello
Legends and fairy tales are transformed into music through Ravel's sumptuous Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. Strauss' ultimate prankster, Till Eulenspiegel, is presented here in one of the most virtuosic works of the orchestral repertory, full of blazing brass and intricate woodwind and string themes.
Reznicek Donna Diana Overture
Rozsa Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 29
Ravel Ma mere l'Oye ("Mother Goose")
Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, TrV171, Op.28

Masterworks 8 - Sibelius and Brahms
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 7:30 P.M. | Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Michael Ludwig, violin
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony
Sibelius is a national hero in Finland but his Violin Concerto nearly didn't get off the ground. After a few disastrous premieres and many fits and starts, the revised concerto was embraced by the great Jascha Heifetz, who showed the world what it had been missing. The rest is history.
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Sibelius Finlandia, Op. 26

Masterworks 9 - Carmina Burana
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 7:30 P.M. | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus
IPFW University Singers
Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
No composer has ever written anything quite like Carmina Burana. With its large, percussion-driven orchestra, and mixed chorus that sings racy texts by wayward monks, Carmina Burana's primitive energy promises a physical response in each and every listener.
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123
Orff Carmina Burana

Masterworks 10 - Russian Classics
Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 7:30 P.M. | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Thomas Hooten, trumpet
Russian romance is in the air at this season's closing concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, whose love theme is instantly recognizable across the globe. Prokofiev's most popular symphony was composed in just one month while World War II was still raging. The composer intended it as "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit."
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Arutunian Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5, Op. 100, B-flat major

2016-2017 Season

Masterworks 1 | October 1, 2016
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Russian superstar Olga Kern is recognized for her vivid stage presence, passionate musicianship, and extraordinary technique. This striking pianist promises to captivate local audiences in one of Rachmaninoff’s most treasured works. Tchaikovsky’s popular symphony was his favorite: thrilling, bombastic, and ultimately a triumph of the human spirit.

Masterworks 2 | October 22, 2016
7:30 PM | Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Charles Reid, tenor
Eric Ruske, horn
Rossini William Tell Overture
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Rossini’s exuberant overture, made famous in America by the popular Lone Ranger television series, acts as a prelude to Britten’s Serenade, a setting of six poems by British poets on the subject of night. The performance closes with Mendelssohn’s most popular symphony, a musical postcard home from Italy.

Masterworks 3 | November 19, 2016
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Women’s Chorus – Benjamin Rivera, director
Arnold English Dances, Set Two, Op. 33
Walton Violin Concerto
Holst The Planets, Op. 32
This delightful all-English program offers Gustav Holst’s The Planets, a lush exploration of the planets of our Solar System and their corresponding astrological characters. Walton’s romantic concerto is one of the most striking in the repertory with its lyrical melodies, fiery virtuosic passages, and masterful orchestral writing.

Masterworks 4 | January 14, 2017
7:30 PM | Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW
James Judd, conductor
Terrence Wilson, piano
Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, “Haffner”
Tchaikovsky Suite No. 4 in G Major, Op. 61, “Mozartiana”
“Melody is the nature of music”, said Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and these three masterpieces remind us why we love the great composer’s music so much. Tchaikovsky’s Suite pays homage to Mozart, written as a tribute on the 100th anniversary of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.

Masterworks 5 | February 4, 2017
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus – Benjamin Rivera, director
Fort Wayne Children's Choir – Jonathan Busarow, director
Puccini A Concert Version of the Opera in Three Acts
Act I Inside the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle
Act II Scarpia's apartment in the Palazzo Farnese, that evening
Act III The upper parts of the Castel Sant'Angelo, early the following morning
Giacomo Puccini's passionate and theatrical opera tells the tale of the fiery diva Tosca, her artist and revolutionary lover Cavaradossi, and the corrupt police chief Scarpia, before whom all of Rome trembles. Tosca includes some of the most beautiful arias in the repertoire and since its premiere in 1900, audiences remain spellbound by its themes of sadistic lust and political intrigue.

Masterworks 6 | February 25, 2017
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Fabio Bidini, piano
Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138
Beethoven Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 56, “Triple Concerto”
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” is a tour de force for the soloists, exploring motifs and contrasting moods, like three characters in a play. Repeated three times in the weeks following its premiere, "applause rose to the point of ecstasy" for Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Blazing, wild, breathless and utterly joyful, it continues to be a work of enduring artistic significance and popularity more than 200 years after its premiere.

Masterworks 7 | March 11, 2017
7:30 PM | Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Dvořák Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45, No. 3
Visconti Living Language, Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 in E flat Major, Op. 70
2015 Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux presents the Indiana premiere of Dan Visconti’s new guitar concerto. Visconti’s music is infused with a directness of expression and maverick spirit of the American vernacular. Elements of jazz, bluegrass, and rock collide in unexpected ways in music that bristles with exhilarating ideas and lyricism.

Masterworks 8 | April 1, 2017
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Women’s Chorus – Benjamin Rivera, director
Sibelius Excerpts from The Tempest, Suite No. 1, Op. 109
Nyman Prospero’s Books, Music from the Film by Peter Greenaway
Mendelssohn Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opp. 21 and 61
Born over 450 years ago, Shakespeare has inspired music by Verdi to the Beatles and Barenaked Ladies. Three Shakespearean works are represented here in vastly different guises. The program’s centerpiece is Mendelssohn’s sparkling A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with actors reading from the Bard’s comedy.

Masterworks 9 | April 22, 2017
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Melissa Long, host
From the majesty of Baroque and Classical era masterpieces to the daring sounds of our own time, orchestral music is one of the supreme artistic traditions of Western culture. Veteran anchor Melissa Long, recently retired from Fort Wayne ABC affiliate WPTA, will lead seasoned concert-goers and those just discovering the joys of classical music through a program that explores great orchestral favorites. Works like Ride of the Valkyries, Marriage of Figaro Overture, The Moldau, and Peer Gynt Suite round out this immensely satisfying program.

Masterworks 10 | May 13, 2017
7:30 PM | Embassy Theatre
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus – Benjamin Rivera, director
Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”
The season ends with Mahler's sprawling and transcendent Symphony No. 2, one of the great works of the symphonic repertoire. With gargantuan orchestral and vocal forces, this otherworldly masterpiece stirs the soul with its moving musical language and intense spirituality.

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