Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Hoosier native Joshua Bell has earned the rare title of “classical music superstar” and is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Bell will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade and ‘New York, New York’ with the Philharmonic.
Elgar’s Cello Concerto is an elegiac remembrance, a romantic contemplation about the meaning of life. Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony has continued to grow in popularity since its premiere, standing as one of the composer’s most loved large-scale creations.
Bach in the Barn is designed to create an intimate and elegant listening experience surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors. Seating is cabaret style, with the performers in close proximity to the audience. Audiences will enjoy complimentary desserts and wines while listening, creating a sense of openness, receptivity and good spirit - the essence of great musical performances.
Three unique performances, buy all three for one low price of $150 (discount applied automatically).
Andrew Constantine, conductor
PROGRAM 1 – BACH AND NEAPOLITAN BAROQUE
J.S. Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata 147
Leonardo Leo Cello Concerto in A Major
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major
Additional Selection To Be Determined
Two major Bach works show J.S. Bach at his very best. His Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring long ago gained widespread popularity through numerous arrangements and transcriptions. The beauty of this German hymn of praise endures to this day.
PROGRAM 2 - BACH AND SON
C.P.E. Bach Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major
J.C. Bach Sinfonia in G Minor
J.S. Bach (attrib.) Oboe Concerto in G Minor
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
Hear father and son, side by side, in this elegant and varied program. Bach’s fifth child was one of the greatest composers of the early classical era. His expressive and often turbulent Symphony is in stark contrast to his father’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, which contains the poignant Air on a G String.
PROGRAM 3 – BACH, ALBINONI, AND BOYCE
William Boyce Sinfonia No. 5 in D Major
Tomaso Albinoni Adagio for Organ and Strings
J.S. Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major
The English composer William Boyce wrote in the late Baroque style, and his shapely and tuneful symphony here is given a rare performance. Concertmaster Violetta Todorova is featured in the Violin Concerto No. 1, and the program aptly closes with the composer’s last Suite, a work full of courtly dances, where rhythmic complexity is wed to sonic brilliance.
E.T.is the beloved Steven Spielberg film about Elliot, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth. Relive the magic of the film on a giant screen while hearing the Philharmonic perform John Williams’unforgettable score live.
“In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” and “Danse Macabre” are just a few of the spine-tingling classical music selections included on this enjoyable program for audiences of all ages. Be sure to dress in your favorite Halloween costume and witness the zany attire of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians.
Lauded for his searing, poetic lyricism, violinist Philippe Quint is forging an unconventional path by reimagining traditional works in exciting new ways. Rachmaninoff’s 1st Symphony is a dynamic representation of the Russian symphonic tradition, a powerful work achieving genuine heroic expression.
The 4th Symphony of Johannes Brahms is a bold achievement of ferocity and concentration. Robert Schumann’s grand work for piano, ‘a compromise between a symphony, a concerto and a huge sonata,’ became his Piano Concerto, awork that brims with joy and melody.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus – Benjamin Rivera, director
Handel's most recognizable and revered masterpiece is performed to the warm glow of candlelight in the most luminous of settings. Experience the "Hallelujah" Chorus and other unforgettable favorites in a holiday experience you'll never forget.
Sumptuous photo choreography by Westwater Arts projected above the orchestra is combined with Nordic masterpieces to reveal windswept coastlines, icy plains, and ancient forests. This is a profoundly beautiful visual journey through epic landscapes.
Amy Grant burst on the Christian music scene as a fresh-faced teenager and has gone on to become a crossover sensation. Grant’s musical gifts transcend genre boundaries, making her a household name. Amy Grant joins the Philharmonic in a program of her greatest hits.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a musical retelling of “1,001 Arabian Nights,” featuring Philharmonic Concertmaster Violetta Todorova. A dazzling, colorful tour de force for the orchestra, it is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work.
This all-new program features Cirque’s awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty, paired with musical classics from including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Titanic, and James Bond. Acrobats, jugglers, and aerial flyers will soar high above the heads of the Philharmonic as they perform on stage. (All new choreography and costumes.)
Brahms wrote this requiem for the living, the mourners who remained on earth. The dramatic and powerful German Requiem is an unconventional masterpiece with an uplifting universal message.
Dubbed 'recollections of life in the country', Beethoven’s symphony is an homage to the great outdoors. Principal Violist Derek Reeves and Principal Cellist Andre Gaskins are featured in Strauss's symphonic poem that tells the tale of the knight-errant with the unshakable courage to pursue his dreams.
David Bowie blazed the trail, and Prince soon followed, becoming a maverick himself. Both pushed their own creative boundaries and their music continues to please, challenge and amaze. Jeans 'N Classics joins the Philharmonic for a combined night featuring favorites by these groundbreaking artists.
The Ukrainian classical music and internet star Valentina Lisitsa debuts in Beethoven’s youthful concerto, an homage to Mozart and Haydn. Schubert’s great C Major Symphony lay dormant after the young composer’s death, premiered publicly by Felix Mendelssohn in a performance a decade later.
A Collaboration in Celebration of FORT WAYNE CIVIC THEATRE’S 90thANNIVERSARY
The Phil joins forces with Fort Wayne Civic Theatre in this first time collaboration to celebrate the Civic’s 90th Anniversary. Fort Wayne luminaries (and Civic ”alumni”) Heather Headley and Manna Nichols headline a cast of outstanding vocalists from Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. This evening features popular songs from South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and many more.
Pictures at an Exhibition was written to commemorate a painter who provided Mussorgsky great artistic inspiration. The work builds to a dramatic conclusion with the Great Gate of Kiev, its stirring brass chorales and clanging bells bringing the season to a brilliant conclusion.