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Short takes on the arts, March 9, 2017

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 09:01 pm

Guitar concerto with Philharmonic SaturdayGrammy-winning guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux will give the Indiana premiere performance of composer Dan Visconti's guitar concerto "Living Language" with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic led by music director Andrew Constantine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, 201 Coliseum Blvd. E. 

Tickets are $19-$69. Children age 18 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

For more information, visit www.fwphil.org. 

Brass band competition Saturday at Embassy

The best brass bands in all the land will compete in the 2017 North American Brass Band Championships Friday and Saturday at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne's own, Old Crown Brass Band will be competing in section three of the competition on Saturday. 

Tickets are $25 for two day adults and $10 for two day students. 

For more information, visit http://www.nabba.org/championships/index.html.  For tickets, go to Ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. 

'Swan Lake' performances March 17 and 18

Fort Wayne Ballet and Fort Wayne Philharmonic will present Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in three performances at 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

This will be the first time in Fort Wayne's history that the full length of this story ballet is being presented. Historically and typically due to the overall dance complexity, ballet companies often present only segments of this masterwork; however, Fort Wayne  Ballet's professional company along with students of the Auer Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet have gained the size and strength required to embark on this highly technical piece. 

In addition to the performances, guests are encouraged  to arrive early to enjoy a pre-performance, light hearted "Village celebration" designed to engage participants in food, beverages, games, and novelties. The festival atmosphere is designed to set the mood of the villagers (audience members) in which the story takes place: Prince Siegfried's 21st birthday and engagement to beautiful Swan Queen, Odette. Tickets will be $19-$44.

For tickets, call 260-481-0777 or go online at fwphil.org. 

As part of the momentous performance, Fort Wayne Ballet is also hosting two post performance parties: The Black Swan Ball, will be at 9:30-10:30 p.m. March 17 at the Ian Rolland Gallery, 303 E. Main St. This is an adult only masquerade party with the evil Von Rothbart and his entourage of villains and sorcery. The event includes music, food and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 per person. The White Swan Tea,  will be at 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 18  at the Ian Rolland Gallery, 303 E. Main St. A family friendly afternoon party following Saturday's matinee performance will feature teas and treats with the swans and the White Swan Queen, Odette. Tickets are $8 per person. Tickets for both parties are available from Fort Wayne Ballet. For tickets, call 484-9646. 

NE Indiana Playwright Festival is March 18

The 8th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival will be held at 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 18 at the Parkview Physician's Group ArtsLab Theatre at 300 E. Main St.

Janet Allen, executive artistic director of Indiana Repertory Theatre will be the featured speaker at 5:30 p.m. March 18. She will lead a workshop on what it means to be a playwright in the United States and how to develop and advance new scripts. 

The first place winning play, "One Foot in The Gravy" directed by Phillip H. Colglazier will be performed at 8 p.m. March 18. Additional performances will be 2 p.m. March 19, 8 p.m. March 24, 8 p.m. March 25 and 2 p.m March 26. 

The second and third place plays will have stage readings followed by post discussions led by Janet Allen. "The Unpredictability of Fire" by Rebecca Cameron will be presented at 10 a.m. March 18 directed by Thomas Hofrichter. "My Dead Clown" by David Rousculp will be presented at 2 p.m. March 18 directed by Craig Humphrey. Both play readings will be held at the ArtsLab Theatre. 

Tickets for the festival include a $40 package of all events available through the ArtsTix Box Office at 260-424-5220. Tickets for individual events can be purchased by phone or online at fwcivic.org. 

For a full festival brochure, visit fwcivic.org. 

Windsong Student Film deadline is March 20

The deadline for the 18th Annual Windsong Student Film Festival is March 20. Elementary, middle and high school students are eligible to enter. The categories include: animation, comedy, drama, documentary, news broadcast, music video, and public service announcements. The festival will be held at 10 a.m.-noon April 22 at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St.

For more information, visit www.windsongpictures.com.  Entries may be sent to Windsong Pictures, P.O. Box 5018, Fort Wayne, IN. 46895-5018

ACD Museum offers Family Day

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will offer its first Family Activity Day at 1-3 p.m. March 25 in the Metal Technologies Education Center at 1600 Wayne St., Auburn. Children and their chaperones will explore the museum and work with artifacts and documents to complete a History Detective activity. Participants will be presented with two historical mysteries related to people and automobiles that are studied at the museum. Through this activity participants will learn about using and evaluating primary and secondary sources, historical interpretation, and how details and facts come together to create a completed story. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 

Disney animator coming to USF

The University of Saint Francis will host Disney animator and USF alumnus Adam Green March 27 and 28. At 7:30 p.m. March 27 the community is invited to a free Closer Look Lecture in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. Green will be discussing his time at Disney and work animating for Disney's "Moana." 

A special screening of the Disney film "Moana" will be at 7 p.m. March 28 with animator Green presenting a question and answer period afterward. The free screening will be in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. 

Green is originally from Fort Wayne and has been animating professionally for twelve years. He has been an animator on films like "Tangled." "Wreck-It Ralph," "Frozen," and "Big Hero 6." He was co-head of animation with Eric Goldberg on the Disney short "Get a Horse." 

Harry Potter Phil concert tickets on sale

Tickets are currently on sale for the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Concert with The Phil at 7:30 p.m. April 7 at the Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.  

This concert will feature the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score. 

Tickets are $22-$74. 

For tickets, visit http://www.memorialcoliseum.con/event-calendar/event-details?EventID=15370.

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