Fort Wayne Philharmonic

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, will perform its annual Marshmallow Festival Pops Concert on August 30, 2003, at 4:00 pm. A new location and setting is featured this year. Concert will be held on the land south of the library on Main Street, Ligonier, Indiana.

After a stunning career in Russia, Tchivzhel toured widely with the U.S.S.R. State Symphony and achieved great success on a tour of the United States. Following this tour, Tchivzhel defected to the U.S., and became the conductor for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 1993. He and his wife, Luba, a violinist with the orchestra, and their son, Arvid, became U.S. citizens in 1999.

The Marshmallow Festival program will open with the Star Spangled Banner. Sing Out, America! is a collection of patriotic songs to recognize and remember the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. The program will also include many of your favorite selections: William Tell Overture, Swan Lake, Saint Louis Blues and Excerpts from Carmen.

Larry Stahly, and the capable members of the Marshmallow Festival Committee, is the coordinator of concert details for the Marshmallow Festival Pops Committee and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a full time professional orchestra with a nine-month season, is heralded as one of the most exciting and outstanding orchestras in the Midwest. It will begin its 59th season, which is comprised of five subscription series ­ Masterworks, Chamber, Spectrum, Pops, Unplugged, Freimann Ensembles ­ and a short summer series. In 1996, the Philharmonic established an innovative program called Philharmonic Unplugged, and still remains a popular concert series. The educational program includes six full orchestra performances, as well as hundreds of performances by the nine chamber ensembles.

In addition, the orchestra performs approximately 30 regional concerts, consisting of a variety of programs ­ Pops, Masterworks, Chamber, educational and Ensembles.

Since 1980, the orchestra has won five awards for “adventuresome programming” from ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic recorded its first compact disc in 1999.

The Marshmallow Festival Pops Concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

For further information, contact Larry Stahly at 260-894-4159 or Colleen Benninghoff, Regional Touring Development, 260-745-0113.