The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents “Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field,” its fifth annual free concert and family fun night in celebration of the American spirit, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Parkview Field.
The concert will be hosted and narrated by well-known Fort Wayne broadcaster and media personality Heather Herron, who was recently appointed Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sweetwater Sound. Herron previously spent 17 years at NewsChannel 15, where she anchored the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.
The Philharmonic concert begins at 8:30 pm, with fireworks accompanying the finale at approximately 9:40 p.m. This is a free event to the public. No ticket is required for entry. Gates will be open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and attendees should plan to arrive early for best seating. Parkview Field’s concessions will be open (no outside food or beverages are permitted), and there will be several family-friendly pre-concert activities, including free access to the Batting Cages and the Fun Zone Area. T.A.G. Art Company, Fort Wayne’s premier event entertainment resource, will be on site, offering face painting. Johnny TinCap, the Fort Wayne TinCaps mascot, will be present, and Uncle Sam and Captain America will mingle with the crowd and pose for photos and selfies.
The concert, conducted by the Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor Caleb Young, will feature traditional American works such as Turkey in the Straw, Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo, plus more contemporary favorites such as the theme from Born on the Fourth of July, and many more. The final works on the concert, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, John Williams’ Star Wars Main Theme, and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, will be accompanied by fireworks.
“Patriotic Pops is a wonderful way to celebrate the American spirit, together with other families, in a glorious outdoor venue. Nothing compares to the combination of summer weather, family fun, exciting music, the energy of the stadium crowd, and the amazing Fort Wayne Philharmonic,” said Young. “I’ve been anticipating this concert ever since conducting it for the first time last season. Please join us on July 3rd for a very special evening.”
One of the most meaningful moments of the concert will occur when the Philharmonic pays tribute to those who have served this country. During Armed Forces on Parade, veterans will be invited to stand when their service branch theme is played.
PRIORITY EARLY ACCESS
Special Priority Early Access, and the chance to win prizes featuring free tickets to Fort Wayne Philharmonic concerts in the 2018-19 season, are available to anyone for free by pre-registering at www.fwphil.org. Those who pre-register are asked to print their confirmation at home, or save it on their mobile device, and present it at the Parkview Field South Gates entrance beginning at 5:00 p.m. (one hour before the public).
Last year, the concert was attended by an estimated 8,000 spectators. The Philharmonic urges everyone to pre-register for Priority Early Access or arrive as soon as possible after 6:00 p.m. for best seating. Pre-registering for Priority Early Access does not guarantee a particular seat; there are no reserved seats.
Admission to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic “Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field” is free to the public because of the generous support of the Miller Family Fund, PNC Bank, Sweetwater, Hilliard Lyons and Parkview Field/Fort Wayne TinCaps.
SPECIAL SEATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CORPORATIONS & GROUPS
Some special seating opportunities are available for corporations and other groups who would like to support the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and enjoy one of Parkview Field’s exclusive viewing suites. For more information contact the Philharmonic Development Department at 260.481.0775.
For additional information, visit www.fwphil.org