Fort Wayne Philharmonic Celebrates American Spirit with Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On July 2, 2024, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will ignite the American spirit with their much-anticipated “Patriotic Pops” concert at Parkview Field. Here’s what you need to know:

The Event

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, community, and fireworks. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m., and the gates open at 6:30 p.m. Parkview Field, located at 1301 Ewing Street, will come alive with the sounds of symphonic pops, celebrating our nation’s heritage.

Patriotic Pops fireworks

The Program

Under the baton of conductor Caleb Young, the Philharmonic will perform a diverse program that pays tribute to American composers and iconic themes. Here are some highlights:

  • “Star-Spangled Banner”: A stirring rendition of our national anthem.
  • Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide”: A lively and spirited piece.
  • “Bugler’s Dream/Olympic Fanfare”: A nod to athletic excellence.
  • Tribute to Film Composers: A medley of cinematic melodies.
  • Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”: Infused with Latin rhythms.
  • Joplin’s “The Entertainer”: Ragtime magic.
  • Higdon’s “Machine”: Contemporary flair.
  • Silvestri’s Suite from “Back to the Future”: Time-traveling tunes.
  • Lowden’s “Armed Forces Salute”: Honoring our military.
  • Beckel’s “Gardens of Stone”: Reflective and poignant.
  • Traditional “Sing Out America”: A collective voice.
  • Williams’ “Raiders March” and “Star Wars: Suite No. 1 – Main Title”: Epic film scores.
  • Sousa’s “Washington Post March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”: Patriotic classics.

Fireworks Finale

As the concert reaches its crescendo, fireworks will light up the night sky, symbolizing unity, freedom, and hope.

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