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June 16, 2021
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Returns with “Steel Dynamics Patriotic Pops” Series
June 25 – July 4, 2021 in Regional Venues

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced details of its “Steel Dynamics Patriotic Pops Series,” in family-friendly outdoor venues throughout Northeast Indiana, from June 25 through July 4, 2021, as part of region-wide local celebrations of the American spirit.
 

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June 14, 2021
The Music of Queen with Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Sweetwater Performance Pavilion July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Summer Celebration continues with The Music of Queen, the Philharmonic’s first-ever concert at Sweetwater Performance Pavilion on Sunday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are priced at $25 and will be on sale through the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion box office online at sweetwaterpavilion.com or in person at Sweetwater. 

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June 7, 2021
Philharmonic Back with Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field
Free Ticket Reservations Available Beginning Wednesday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Music Director Andrew Constantine to Conduct

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic welcomes the community back to live symphonic music at a concert celebration of the American spirit. Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field will take place on Saturday, June 26 at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks accompanying the finale. Free ticket reservations will be available through the Parkview Field Box Office in person or online here beginning on June 9 at 10:00 a.m.

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May 24, 2021
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors Announces Agreement with Musicians of Local 58, Fort Wayne Musicians Association and American Federation of Musicians 
Patriotic Pops will Kick off Summer Season


Music of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will return to the stage this summer and next season following ratification on Sunday night of a new contract agreement between the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Local 58, Fort Wayne Musicians Association.

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May 18, 2021
Contract Deadline for Philharmonic Musicians Looms
Summer Concerts at Risk if Agreement Not Reached by May 21


The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today that it will need to start canceling its summer concerts in the region if an agreement with union musicians is not reached by the end of the day on Friday, May 21.

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April 27, 2021
Philharmonic Latest Contract Proposal Maintains all Contracted Musicians
Hopeful to Announce Summer Season and Full 21-22 Season Soon

Today the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors and Management provided an update on the ongoing contract negotiations with the American Federation of Musicians, and Local 58 Fort Wayne Musicians Association. The Philharmonic negotiating team enthusiastically returned to the negotiating table for the first time in six months on April 2. Subsequent discussions on April 15 and 21 continued work on the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. The Philharmonic has made several advancements forward, including agreeing to maintain all current core and per-service musicians. It also offers to maintain musician’s current weekly salaries at 100% of the last collectively bargained agreement pay scale.  

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January 25, 2021
National Labor Relations Board
Dismisses Charge Against Fort Wayne Philharmonic

On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board, Region 25, dismissed an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed against the Fort Wayne Philharmonic by the American Federation of Musicians Local 58 and Fort Wayne Musicians Association. 

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December 2, 2020
American Federation of Musicians and Local 58 Fort Wayne Musicians Association Fail to Respond to Repeated Requests to Negotiate
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board Votes To Extend Musician Health Care

Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians, the American Federation of Musicians, and Local 58 Fort Wayne Musicians Association have failed to respond to repeated requests to return to the bargaining table since Sept. 28 when the Philharmonic management negotiating team delivered its latest proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement. In addition, the Union continues to publish untruthful summaries of the Philharmonic’s position.

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November 4, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Extends Suspension of Subscription Concerts, Other Concerts and Events Through May 2021

Education Programs And Small-Scale Public Engagement Events Will Continue

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors voted yesterday to extend the suspension of the concert season through May of 2021 due to the effects of the ongoing global pandemic. The Philharmonic will continue to implement resource-saving measures, including the extension of musician furloughs and further reductions in administrative staff positions, effective Jan. 1, 2021. 

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October 13, 2020
New Series Announced: Fort Wayne Philharmonic Presents!
Fall Activities and Concerts Include Eductation, Engagement

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today a series of concerts and activities under the new banner, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Presents!. Events will be produced at various locations throughout the city. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will also continue to present a full slate of educational and public engagement events throughout the Fall and Winter months.

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August 31, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Board Management Offer Partial Musician Pay for Fall Months with No Response to Offer
Management Will Continue Talks with Hopes for Spring Season Terms


The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today that its offer of partial pay for its musicians during the fall furlough received no response from the musicians’ orchestra committee by today’s 5 p.m. deadline. This deadline was critical so that the management team could make the necessary arrangements to schedule, advertise, and produce high-quality concerts in the Fall.  

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August 5, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Agrees to Pay Majority of Musician Health Care Premiums During Furlough
Health Care Ensured Through the End of the Calendar Year

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today that it will pay 99% of musician healthcare premiums during the period of the upcoming furlough, from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. This is the maximum allowed by the healthcare policy provider. The other 1% will be paid by each individual musician. 

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July 15, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic to Suspend All Concerts Until January 2021
Pandemic Effects Require Cost-Cutting for Long-Term Sustainability   

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors voted yesterday to suspend all concerts until Jan. 30, 2021, and to implement resource-saving measures, including musician furloughs and reduction of five full and part-time staff positions, effective Sept. 1. 

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May 29, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Cancels Summer Patriotic Pops Concerts | James Cultural PLaza Summer Series Concerts Remain Scheduled

As the health and welfare of the musicians, audiences, and staff are of the utmost importance, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced that all Patriotic Pops concerts scheduled between June 26 to July 4 are now canceled. 

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April 9, 2020
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Cancels Remainder of 2019-2020 Season | Postpones PHILharmonious Gala and Sensory Friendly Concert Until Next Season | Board of Directors Votes Unanimously to Continue Musician Pay Through The End of the 2019-2020 Season 

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today that the remainder of its 2019-2020 Season is now canceled, including all concerts and events through May 17. Summer 2020 concerts are currently scheduled to begin on June 26. More information about summer 2020 concerts will be forthcoming at a later date.

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January 31, 2020
FORT WAYNE PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 SEASON

Music Director Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced the Orchestra’s much-anticipated 2020-2021 Season, its 77th year serving everyone in Fort Wayne and all of Northeast Indiana.

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September 20, 2019
Kid-Friendly Halloween Spooktacular Concert Features Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Fort Wayne Ballet and Fan Favorites

The STAR Family Series Halloween Spooktacular concert has been a staple for northeast Indiana families wanting to experience educational, kid-friendly performances that offer a variety of fun and entertainment.

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September 10, 2019
Popular FREE Ride Service to Masterworks Series Concerts Continues: Location Change of Northside Pickup

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced the continuation of its popular FREE ride service to all Masterworks Series concerts for patrons age 70 or older, and for those with qualifying medical conditions. 

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September 10, 2019
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Opens 2019-2020 Season with Tchaikovsky Spectacular featuring Pianist Nikolai Demidenko and Youth Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side Performance

The Fort Wayne Philharmonicwill be devoting the opening of its 2019-2020 season to the music of Russia’s greatest composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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September 9, 2019
AWS Foundation Awards Grant to Fort Wayne Philharmonic for Sensory-Friendly Concert Pilot

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is pleased to announce that AWS Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the orchestra for its first ever sensory-friendly concert being held on April 19that the Purdue University Fort Wayne Rhinehart Music Center, in the Auer Music Hall.

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July 9, 2019
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Names Brittany Hall as Assistant Managing Director

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced today that it has named Brittany Hall as assistant managing director. Hall comes to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic from the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, New York, where she has served as its executive director.

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May 3, 2019
Violins of Hope Come to Fort Wayne, Indiana “Defiance, Resilience, Legacy”

The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Philharmonic will lead over twenty-five organizations from across the community in bringing the historic Violins of Hope to Northeast Indiana this fall.

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April 8, 2019
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board Of Directors Announces PHILharmonious: Play It Forward At The Clyde Theatre

The Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic announces that its annual gala fundraiser and auction, PHILharmonious:  Play It Forward, will return once again to The Clyde Theatre on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

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March 1, 2019
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Performs Beethoven’s 9th

Music Director Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will be joined on the historic Embassy Theatre stage by vocal soloists, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, and the Ball State University Choirs to present a concert entitled, Beethoven’s 9th: An Ode to Joy.

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March 1, 2019
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Announce Auditions, New York City Tour and Carnegie Hall Performance

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestras Director Troy Webdell today announced auditions for its 2019 - 2020 Season which will include a New York City tour and a performance at Carnegie Hall.

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January 31, 2019
FORT WAYNE PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES 2019-20 SEASON

Music Director Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic today announced the orchestra’s 2019-2020 Season, which includes Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Freimann and Family series along with other special events.

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September 17, 2018
FAMED OPERA SINGER TO DISCUSS MUSIC AND THE MIND

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic are pleased to present Music and the Mind, featuring the world-renowned star of opera and Broadway, Renée Fleming, on Sunday, October 7 at 12 noon, Arts United Center.

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May 23, 2018
THE PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TROY WEBDELL AS DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS PROGRAM
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced noted educator and conductor Troy Webdell has been named as the Director of its Youth Orchestras program. This appointment marks the end of a yearlong search for the revitalized program.

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April 19, 2018
THE PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSION AND NEW TITLE FOR ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR CALEB YOUNG
Andrew Constantine, Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and James W. Palermo, Managing Director, announced an extension of Assistant Conductor Caleb Young’s contract and new title as Associate Conductor, beginning in September 2018. 

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