Statement issued Friday:
Fort Wayne – The Niagara Symphony, located in Ontario, Canada, has chosen Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Associate Conductor, Bradley Thachuk, as its seventh Music Director. A press conference was held in Niagara this morning to announce the appointment. Thachuk was chosen from among over 100 applicants and was one of four final candidates.
Andrew Constantine, The Phil's music director, stated, "Bradley is a very valuable member of the artistic staff. He has become a very versatile conductor between his responsibilities with Pops concerts, education concerts, and more." Phil President, J.L. Nave III, concurred. "We are excited and proud of Bradley's new appointment. Having recently conducted a music director search, we know the level of talent that is out there. His appointment reflects well on his talents and his work with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic."
In his inaugural season with the Niagara Symphony, Thachuk will conduct two Masterwork concerts on October 3, 2010 and on January 30, 2011. He will also lead the orchestra in two Pops concerts on October 23 and 24, 2010 and May 7 and 8, 2011.
According to a statement released by the Niagara Symphony, Thachuk stated, "I am honored to accept this appointment as the seventh Music Director of the Niagara Symphony. This outstanding orchestra has a distinguished past and huge potential. I look forward to the challenge of exploring and expanding that potential as the Niagara Symphony becomes an even more vital part of the Niagara community."
Thachuk's official title for Niagara Symphony's 2010/11 season will be Music Director Designate & Principal Conductor. Thachuk will continue to perform his full-time duties as Associate Conductor for The Phil for the 2010/11 season. "Andrew and I will take this opportunity to re-evaluate the structure of the Associate Conductor position. We will work with Bradley in the coming months as his new schedule with Niagara becomes more evident. We hope to come to a mutual decision on his future with us, taking into account his professional goals and the needs of The Phil. We are hopeful that Bradley will continue to be a part of the organization in the coming seasons," stated Nave.
"As I move onto the next phase of my career, I am compelled to acknowledge the profound effect Fort Wayne has had on my life. This new appointment would never have happened without the incredible support from both the Philharmonic and its fantastic patrons. I would particularly like to acknowledge the players of The Phil, whose constant high level of performance and unyielding belief in me brought me to this juncture in my career. Aside from my family, everyone I love and value is in Fort Wayne. It not only is where I have worked for the past 8 years, it has become my home," stated Thachuk.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Now performing its 66th season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic recently appointed Andrew Constantine as its Music Director. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a member of the League of American Orchestras and a funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For additional information, log on to our website: www.fwphil.org.