Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see "Crossing the Stream", presented by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. at the Arts United Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get four tickets to the performance (up to an $88 value).
- For $20, you get two tickets to the performance (up to a $44 value).
- For $11, you get one ticket to the performance (up to a $22 value).
Musical director Andrew Constantine conducts a miniature orchestra in a powerful evening of chamber music, aided by principal clarinetist Campbell MacDonald. Haydn’s Symphony no. 82, The Bear, roars into action with heart-pounding urgency, its melodic motifs emerging from the interplay of brisk, decisive musical phrases. Inlaid with Arabian flourishes, Sibelius’s Belshazzar’s Feast follows, building from an ominous hush to a thrumming bacchanal. The piece has its origins in a set of incidental music he composed for a friend’s play, and a theatrical quality still haunts the orchestral suite with its marches and dances.
Fellow Finn Jukka Tiensuu composed Puro for the clarinet in 1989. The opening hangs on a series of high, sliding notes that variously resemble a warning siren from some celestial realm or a distant rusty gate pushed by the wind. Meanwhile, fragments of other melodies gather forebodingly in the air, amassing an almost unbearable tension between the orchestra and MacDonald’s long, drawn-out reed work. Ending the evening on a more comforting note is Elgar’s Serenade in E Minor, a characteristically sentimental and highly melodious piece as moving and deeply layered as an ocarina carved from an onion.
Arts United Center
The huge, arching windows that grace the Arts United Center were designed to evoke the curves of a violin, but the façade equally resembles the face of a wide-eyed, happy creature—a jack-o'-lantern perhaps, or a snub-nosed dog. As visitors enter through its friendly mouth, they crane their necks at leaping arches of bare brick and, in the auditorium, titanic pillars of angled concrete. There, 660 seats slope sharply downward toward the stage, uninterrupted by a center aisle to create dozens more opportunities for handholding during concerts and plays.