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Friday, January 21, 2022 1:00 am

Fort Wayne Philharmonic highlights Mozart's creativity in concert

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Philharmonic will honor a legendary composer in its “All Mozart” Masterworks performance Jan. 29.

The program explores Mozart's genius, highlighting why his legacy endures centuries after his death.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an influence on every composer who came after him, and is still relevant today, says Music Director Andrew Constantine.

“Two-hundred and twenty-six years after he was born, this guy is still able to not only speak to us, but at times dazzle us with the most amazing sleight of hand and sublime musical beauty,” he says.

The first half of the concert consists of “La Clemenza di Tito” and Piano Concerto No. 25. Both are in C major, but what struck Constantine is how Mozart treats the same key differently.

“It just to me highlighted the incredible genius of Mozart, going in totally different directions and creating different feelings and emotions,” he says.

With what Constantine calls “the most sublime melodies and changes of harmony,” Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major is another example of the composer's creativity.

It makes up the second half of “All Mozart,” which Constantine is set to conduct.

“Many other classical composers, you hear a phrase, and you can almost predict what the next phase is going to be. You could finish it off for them,” he says. “With Mozart, if you don't know the piece, you don't know where he's going. And it's a magical journey every time.”

Joining the Philharmonic on the journey for “All Mozart” is pianist Richard Goode, an addition to the program Constantine considers a privilege.

Goode is one of the great Mozart players of our generation and ranks among pianists who have a special touch with the keyboard, Constantine says. “It's an unhurried, unflustered dealing with sonority and rhythm that a lot of pianists just don't possess,” he explains.

“All Mozart” is part of the second half of the Philharmonic's 2021-22 season, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday with “Intergalactic Fantasy” at Auer Performance Hall at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The concert, conducted by Catherine O'Shaughnessy, includes classics and sci-fi themes.

As the Philharmonic's season continues, Constantine is most looking forward to highlighting the orchestra's soloists such as Chance Trottman-Huiet on tuba during “John Williams and Dvorák” on Feb. 19 and timpanists Alison Chorn and Eric Schweikert in “Constantine Conducts Shostakovich” a month later.

The season comes to a close May 14 with the baroque “Romeo and Juliet,” which includes dancers from Fort Wayne Ballet.

For the full schedule of performances, go to


Masks required at concerts

The Philharmonic this week instituted a mask requirement for patrons at all concert halls when Allen County is in the state's red advisory level for COVID-19. The county is currently in that zone, according to the state's COVID-19 dashboard.

Concerts include Embassy Theatre, Auer Performance Hall at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Arts United Center and The History Center. Masks are not required for smaller performances such as Musical Mornings at Crescendo Coffee & More or Live at Lunch at Sweetwater Sound.

The first three rows of seating are being left empty at concert halls to create distance between the audience and performers, and musicians are distanced on stage. Musicians - except wind players - already have been performing masked this season and are not sharing music stands.

If you go

What: “All Mozart,” Fort Wayne Philharmonic

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29

Where: Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Admission: Tickets start at $23; 422-4226 or

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