Summer is my favorite season, so I’m always a little crestfallen when the leaves start to change. Luckily, the arts season starts in the fall, easing my transition with a wide selection of concerts and shows.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has announced its 2019/2020 season, and there’s so much to look forward to! Here are my personal favorites from the upcoming season of delights.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Wind Instruments

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Season Preview

Opening Night: Tchaikovsky Spectacular, October 5

Tchaikovsky, most famous for The Nutcracker, has plenty of other works to offer. This year’s season opener features three of them in a Tchaikovsk Spectacular: The Coronation March (in which the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth will also be playing), Piano Concerto #1 featuring guest pianist Nikolai Demidenko, and Symphony #4. 

Peer Gynt and Polovtsian Dances, January 11

Classical music tends to be overrun by Western European composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Wagner. The Peer Gynt and Polovtsian Dances concert shines the spotlight of Eastern and Northern Europe instead, specifically Russia, the Czech Republic, and Norway. The Philharmonic features its concertmaster, Russian violinist Violetta Todorova, in this concert of music by Janáček, Borodin, and Grieg. 

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert, February 26

You’ve never experienced Star Wars like this. Back in the day, silent movies were accompanied by live music, but rarely by a full orchestra. Come join in this tradition and watch A New Hope with live music played by the Philharmonic for a truly epic experience. John Williams’ score never sounded so celestial.

Carmina Burana, March 14

Carmina Burana is about rebirth, so it’s only appropriate that the Philharmonic programmed this major work for spring (although we all know it’ll still feel like Winter mid-March). This oratorio, complete with soloists and full choir, is a favorite of mine because of its irreverent and sometimes bawdy texts, complete with simulated laughter from the chorus. 

Additional Highlights

  • Rudy in Concert
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic: Violins of Hope
  • Holiday Pops
  • Purdue Varsity Glee Club Sings Broadway

If you'd like to see more than a few of the Philharmonic's upcoming shows, consider purchasing a subscription deal. The Philharmonic has quite a few of them, and some of them let you choose which shows you'd like to see. Plus, having subscription tickets will give you even more excuses to visit Fort Wayne. 

Plan your next weekend getaway, and discover Fort Wayne's thriving arts community.