Statement issued Friday:
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Associate Conductor Bradley Thachuk, announced on Thursday his intention to not seek renewal of his contract at the end of the 2010-11 season. Thachuk was recently named music director of the Niagara Symphony and will be assuming full time duties with that orchestra starting in the 2011-12 season.
In announcing this news, Thachuk said, “Fort Wayne and The Phil have become my home over the past eight years. This is not an end to my relationship with Fort Wayne, just a change. Although I am unable to fulfill my full-time duties as Associate Conductor commencing next season, I am honored that Andrew has already extended an invitation to return to Fort Wayne from time to time to conduct the orchestra. This is another demonstration of the caliber of Maestro Constantine and the Phil and their loyalty to both its members and the community.”
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Music Director, Andrew Constantine, responded to this news by saying, “Bradley has been an integral part of the Phil family and its operations for a number of years. Inevitably though a time was going to come when he would need to move on to pastures new and I’m thrilled that he has this new opportunity. Niagara’s gain is definitely Fort Wayne’s loss as he is a conductor who has, over such a successful and lengthy tenure as Associate Conductor, proved his ability to work with professionals, non-professionals and young people alike in such a creative manner. I have every confidence that he’ll make the most of his new position and look forward to welcoming him back to Fort Wayne as a guest conductor in the future.”
Thachuk will be returning to the podium in Fort Wayne during the 2011-12 season. He has been engaged by The Phil to conduct the 2011 Holiday Pops concerts.